UDC MOVES AHEAD WITH CLOSED HARBOUR BEACH PARK DEVELOPMENT
The Urban Development Corporation (UDC) has issued invitations for pre-qualification of building contractors as it spearheads the construction of a state-of-the-art beach park at Closed Harbour Beach, also known as “Dump-up Beach.” in Montego Bay, St. James.
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 hardscape and landscape, public restrooms, changing rooms, beach showers, jogging trail, site filling and grading and support services including electrical, sewerage, storm water drainage and telecommunication.
Prequalification documents must be collected between Tuesday, January 9, 2018 to Monday, January 29, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at a cost of J$3,000 and submitted in sealed envelopes and deposited in the tender box at the UDC’s Head Office at or before 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 6, 2018. Bids will be opened on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 3:15 pm.
Closed Harbour (Dump Up) Beach forms part of the UDC’s Montego Bay Re-development Programme, in downtown Montego Bay, St. James, and has been identified as one of the sites with high potential to spur further development of the city. The intention is to convert the 16-acre property into a world class recreational space with amenities that will allow for it to operate as a free access licenced public beach and multi-purpose park.
The beach will be the starting point of a public coastal park system to include the Old Hospital Park, and Gun Point Beach. The Closed Harbour Beach, which is a part of the UDC’s holdings in St. James was created in the 1970’s on reclaimed land, and forms a part of the trifecta of beaches including Walter Fletcher and Gun Point Beaches.
The construction will be carried out in tandem with the Montego Bay Waterfront Rehabilitation Project, a separate undertaking aimed at repairing the groynes protecting the Closed Harbour, Walter Fletcher and Gun Point Beaches. The restoration of the groynes is being partly funded by the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (5Cs) through the KfW Development Bank.
The concept for the project has received the endorsement of the St, James Municipal Corporation and has been shared with community stakeholders. On March 21, 2018, the UDC will celebrate 50 years of making development happen in Jamaica having been established by an Act of Parliament in 1968.
For further information, please contact
The Corporate Relations and Marketing Department
Urban Development Corporation
12 Ocean Boulevard Kingston, Jamaica
Tel: (876) 656-8031
January 12, 2018