In addition to Dart Container, Ken Dart is involved in a number of recreational and commercial real estate development and retail operations in the United States, the Cayman Islands, and other parts of the world, e.g. South America, Europe and the Far East.
In the Cayman Islands, where many of these activities are based, Ken Dart owns, and sits on the Board of Directors of, Dart Enterprises Ltd., Dart Realty (Cayman) Ltd., and Cayman Shores Development Ltd., the developer of Camana Bay, a 500 acre mixed use, master planned community situated on the western peninsular of Grand Cayman stretching from Seven Mile Beach on the Caribbean Sea to the North Sound.
An excellent example of New Urbanism architecture, Camana Bay was developed by Dart Realty in collaboration with an exceptional team of visionaries, including architects and city planners; Moore Ruble Yudell and Duanes Plater-Zyberk, landscape designers; Olin, lighting consultants; L’Observatoire, and other talented artisans. Together, they have created a unique, non-gated community, where the vibrancy of island living is enhanced with the conveniences of an urban environment providing a walkable and pedestrian-oriented design. The development is following LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) guidelines for construction to maximize energy and water efficiency, ensure indoor air quality and to incorporate new green building technology such as the cutting edge sun shading software used to design one of Camana Bay’s 125,000 square-foot commercial office buildings.
Today, Camana Bay has numerous commercial office tenants such as Ernst & Young, AON, Goldman Sachs, BNY Mellon, to name a few. The Camana Bay Town Centre incorporates a 6 screen Hollywood Theatres Cinema, Anytime Fitness 24-hour Gym, numerous retail outlets, including a branch of Books & Books, a corner grocery, and a number of clothing stores, as well as Cafés and Restaurants; several of which are run by award winning chefs, such as Michael Schwartz and Cindy Hutson. There are 63 luxury apartments already occupied above restaurants and retail and Camana Bay will soon be embarking on a major residential phase consisting of approximately 200 condominiums, town homes and houses. Camana Bay is the home of the Cayman International School, generously built and donated by the Dart family, which has a K-12 student enrollment of approximated 450.
Active Capital Ltd., a subsidiary of Dart Enterprises, is the holding company for a number of retail investments including luxury retail, duty free retail and wholesale distribution and retail beverages.
Ken Dart’s companies in the Cayman Islands employ in excess of 500 people and, like Dart Container Corporation and Dart NeuroScience, are committed to employee development, mentoring and professional growth. Dart in Cayman recently launched the Minds Inspired Education Scholarship Programme, targeted at students entering grade 9 (Year 10) to foster academic excellence in math and science through financial support, job experience and mentoring.
The Dart Foundation has provided funding in Cayman to, amongst many other recipients, the development of public parks in each of Grand Cayman’s five districts, the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands, the Central Caribbean Marine Institute, Junior Achievement, Young Caymanian Leadership Awards, the Cayman Islands Little League, the Cayman Maritime Heritage and Cayman National Cultural Foundation supporting the Miss Lassie Project, saving and restoring the home of the visionary Caymanian artist Miss Lassie. After Hurricane Ivan devastated Grand Cayman in September 2004, the Dart Foundation donated $1 million to the National Recovery Fund, which helped repair or rebuild numerous homes throughout the Cayman Islands.