The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade building located at the Old Myrtle Bank site on the Kingston Waterfront is gradually taking shape with the coastal protection structure /sheet piles being installed and the substructure and foundation for the Annex Building completed. The foundation for the main building is scheduled for completion by the end of June 2017.
Occupants and staff at the Marie Atkins Night Shelter for the homeless located at 65 Hanover Street, downtown Kingston, stand to benefit from improvements to the facility, which are to be undertaken by the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) on Labour Day (Tuesday May 23 2017). Aligned with the National Labour Day Theme, “Restore, Preserve, Beautify,” the UDC will screed the concrete entrance to the facility, and carry out painting, and repairs to fixtures throughout the property.
The town of Ocho Rios in St Ann is set to enhance its bid to be the island’s prime tourist centre with the development of a promenade extending from the Ocho Rios Marina to the entry gate of the Ocho Rios Bay Beach by the Urban Development Corporation. This forms one component of a multi-billion dollar redevelopment programme slated for that area as announced by Prime Minister Andrew Holness recently. The UDC will be managing some of the works under that programme valued up to approximately $500 million in this year alone through funding sources such as the Tourism Enhancement Fund.
As Climate Change makes its mark along the island’s coastline, the Urban Development Corporation (UDC), has secured USD$600,000 in part funding from the KfW Development Bank through the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) to carry out rehabilitative works to protective infrastructure along sections of the Montego Bay Waterfront in St. James. In addition to the rehabilitation of the groynes, the project also seeks to explore eco-system based adaptation interventions to complement the repair works.
General Manager of the Urban Development Corporation Dr Damian Graham has encouraged groups, with an interest in the works to develop a new Parliament building, to consolidate and enter a public private partnership with the Corporation to help with the build out.
Plans are underway to develop a Government Campus which will include the new Houses of Parliament and Museum along with the building of offices for core ministries and agencies. This is to be located in The King George the VI Park, the southern part of which is occupied by the National Heroes Park in downtown Kingston.