As Suva becomes a hub in the Pacific, the Retailers Association is ensuring that commercial buildings that are no longer attractive are renovated.
While some buildings in the capital have been renovated, some appear to have been untouched for years.
Suva Retailers Association chairman Jitesh Patel said they were now working with the city council to make the capital more attractive.
“We are worried and in fact the city council is also worried. They put out a list of buildings they think need to be renovated or painted and they are approached. They also take our help. Not all building owners are in the country, a number have migrated, so getting in touch with them and making sure they do something is also a difficult thing.
Patel says there have been some improvements.
“The last two years have been slack and people didn’t want to spend a lot, but we are working with the council and approaching these building owners to get some work done.”
With more and more developments occurring along the Suva-Nausori corridor, the Suva Retailers Association has the daunting task of working on ways to attract people to the capital and increase economic activity.
Questions have also been sent to Suva City Council on the state of buildings in the capital, which are expected to respond today.