New MoBay centre to facilitate easy access to info, servicesMonday, February 25, 2019
PRIME Minister Andrew Holness says the government centre to be constructed in Montego Bay, St James, will facilitate easy access to information and services for citizens.
Speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony for the Closed Harbour Beach Park Development in Montego Bay last Friday, Prime Minster Holness said land has already been identified for the project.
“Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett would have toured a piece of land within the city proper. The idea there is to create a government centre/circle. Every city has to have public administration which is accessible to all its citizens. It also must reflect the dreams and aspirations and your own pride in your own government…your pride in your country and in your own state,” he declared.
Holness added that “it must also reflect the efficiency of the state, and, therefore, we will be creating within the city of Montego Bay your own government centre, where all the services of the Government will be administered and easily available”.
The prime minister also announced that a world class performance centre is to be developed in Montego Bay.
“After the visitors have completed their meetings or after having spent a day at the beach, they might then want to see the exposition of the Jamaican culture in the performing arts. There you will bring together not just your dance, but also your drama, your music and your singing. There our people will be well trained and where our culture will be well represented in the tourism product,” he said.
Construction of Closed Harbour Beach Park (known as Dump up Beach) is expected to transform the development of downtown Montego Bay.
The project forms a part of the Urban Development Corporation's (UDC) Montego Bay Redevelopment Programme, which will see the conversion of the 16-acre property into a world-class recreational space with amenities that will allow for it to operate as a free-access, licensed public beach.
The initiative, which is estimated at a cost of $1.296 billion, is slated for completion within 18 months, with main funding provided by the Tourism Enhancement Fund.
UDC Chairman Senator Ransford Braham said the Montego Bay Waterfront Rehabilitation Project will complement the Closed Harbour Beach Park project.
“The scope of the works include widening of the sidewalk and new perimeter fencing along Gloucester Avenue and Howard Cooke Boulevard, while the interior of the park will feature a network of landscape and softscape, public restrooms, changing rooms, beach showers, jogging trail, site filling and grading and support services — including electrical, sewerage, storm water drainage and telecommunication,” he outlined.