Work progresses on downtown Kingston Festival Marketplace
(L- r) Charles Gooden, Clerk of Works and Bishop Rudolph Daley, Board Director both of the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) inspect the laying of octagonal pavers by a worker at the Festival Marketplace and Food Bazaar, located on 8.9 acres of prime land in downtown Kingston adjacent to the Kingston Craft Market. The marketplace is intended to be one more element and attraction in the development of the Kingston Waterfront for which the UDC has development responsibility. It will be a waterfront extension of the renewed Market & Commercial Districts to the north, as well as the terminal point of the existing east-west pedestrian arcade and promenade. Phase 1 of the project which is underway will see the completion of the Food Bazaar area with vending kiosks and recreational seating, upgrade of the parking lot that can double as a multipurpose outdoor recreational/entertainment space. Other phases will see development of facilities for in-bond and local shopping; restaurants and bars; multi-use commercial/office space; indoor/outdoor exhibition space, vendors arcade, marina and docking facilities, Phase 1 of the project is expected to be completed by end of 2015.