The Roosevelt Roads Redevelopment Authority announced the selection of eight microbusinesses from Puerto Rico’s eastern flank to establish operations inside the former Navy base that is currently being repurposed for public access.
Six contracts have already been signed, with two pending to be signed “soon,” to develop projects related to eco-tourism, nature-related tourism, recreational and/or complementary activities at nine structures spanning some 30,000 square feet of space within the sprawling Ceiba property, Redevelopment Authority Executive Director Malu Blázquez-Arsuaga said Tuesday.
The contract signing wrap up a request for proposal process that began in March, she said.
The selected companies are: Pure Adventure Corp. from Ceiba, Black Beard Sports from Vieques, Salgazo Kayak and Bike Rental Inc. from Fajardo, Caribbean Fishing Supplies, CRL from Humacao, Letita’s Arepitas Artesanales from Naguabo, El Sazón de Titi Ana from Luquillo, Adventour/Birding P.R. from Luquillo, and Atlántica Dive Adventure from Carolina. They will create a combined 35 jobs during the first year of operations.
The agreements represent the start of the government’s redevelopment plan for the former Navy base that is expected to take between 20 and 25 years, said Blázquez-Arsuaga.
“The establishment of these businesses facilitates greater integration of the area’s people and entrepreneurs into Roosevelt Roads’ economic activity. Moreover, we want to encourage them to feel like they have a leading role in the economic development that we anticipate for the property,” said Blázquez-Arsuaga.
“With the establishment of these businesses we also encourage entrepreneurship from people in the area who are taking this risk and betting on their success, helping to create jobs and a better quality of life for their families and communities in the region,” Blázquez-Arsuaga said.