MoBay mayor wants to extend city limits

Congestion drives Mayor to seek extension to MoBay city limit ...looks to Montpelier

BY HORACE HINES
Observer staff reporter

Friday, May 17, 2019

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Homer Davis has announced plans to bring a resolution to the next monthly sitting of St James Municipal Corporation to extend the city limit as the city is currently bursting at its seams with business structures.

“We intend to bring a resolution to the council to expand our city limit. We have actually exhausted our city limit and so we are seeking to extend our city limit. It is a resolution that should come to our Council for June meeting,” noted Davis, who is also chairman of the St James Municipal Corporation.

He was speaking at the monthly members meeting of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI) at their Overton Plaza headquarters in Montego Bay, Wednesday evening.

He called on members of the business community to begin to look outside of the city limit to set up shop for further investments.

“Montego Bay as a city it has been growing in a way that you can hardly find space. There is hardly a piece of land in Montego Bay that you can look to put up a footprint 100,000 square feet of building, to accommodate for parking and that thing. And so it is time that the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and your members start looking beyond our city limit,” Davis recommended.

He specifically pointed to the community of Montpelier, a distance of 12 miles from the hub of the city as a potential area which could facilitate the establishment of businesses.

In fact, he noted that a roughly 200,000 square feet of factory space which used to house a Cremo factory in Montpelier could be utilised.

“I am imploring the Chamber to look more south-west towards Montpelier area there is still a vast area of untapped land up there,” he argued.

“It is an area that is not very far from Montego Bay, it is some 12 miles. So you have the old Cremo factory that can be used, it is some 200,000 square feet of factory space that is up there. I would love to see the day when some investors can be pointed in that direction. I took some persons up there and I intend to take some more up there later this month because that's an area where you have good electricity, you have good water...we don't have sewage treatment up there but I am sure that that can be arranged also for that area.”

Lamenting the horrific traffic congestion that plagues the city, Davis outlined that the municipality is now in the process of leasing lands owned by the Railway Corporation to expand the woefully inadequate transportation centre.

“These lands are the old railway station down by Lightbody Avenue. We are seeking to lease some of that land to be used as an expansion of the now transportation centre, which is woefully inadequate, and use aspects of it as parking. Downtown Montego Bay has become very congested. There is not enough space to park the amount of vehicles that comes in the city, and so we are engaging the Railway Corporation to lease us. We talking about some 250,000 – 300,000 square foot of land that can be used for various things,” the Montego Bay mayor disclosed.

He bemoaned that the privately operated transportation centre is an eyesore, but the municipality is now locked in a court battle to retake control of the facility.

“We believe that as a municipality we can do a better job in running that transportation centre,” the chairman of the St James Municipal Corporation stated.


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