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.
Following a fire at the Kingston Craft Market last Thursday (April 27) which damaged some 18 shops, General Manager of the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) Dr Damian Graham says the Corporation will be engaging the services of the Jamaica Social Investment Fund and the Social Development Commission to provide counselling for affected persons on May 5. The UDC will also partner with the Jamaica Business Development Corporation in facilitating their business support services along with the Tourism Product Development Company.
General Manager of the Urban Development Corporation Dr Damian Graham has assured that the Corporation “will be working out appropriate ways to recognise the contribution of participating professionals” during the development of a section of Heroes Circle in downtown Kingston into a 'Government Circle'. Main features of the project will be the inclusion of a new Parliament building, replacing the current one on Duke Street in the island’s capital.
The Urban Development Corporation (UDC) wishes to advise that fire has damaged approximately 2000 sq. ft. of the eastern section of the Kingston Craft Market resulting in the destruction of 18 shops. No one was injured in the incident and no damage was done to the remaining 107 shops.
The fire which began approximately 2:35am on April 27, 2017 was contained by units from the Jamaica Fire Brigade preventing further loss to the other shops in the complex.
Another tier of excitement has been added to Dunn’s River Falls and Park (DRFP) with the new Central Gardens now officially opened.
What was once a customer parking lot has been transformed into a cluster of three lush gardens with a waterslide and splash pad as its central features. Interspersed throughout the area are 12 wood-overlaid kiosks which add a rustic aura to the space and will serve as commercial outlets for DRFP branded merchandise, a photo shop, ice-cream, pizza and other commodities.