Cecil Charlton Park to get 10 shops
Tamara Bailey, Gleaner Writer
THE GOVERNMENT of Canada has donated US$100,000 (approximately J$11 million) for the redevelopment of the Cecil Charlton Park through partnership with Caribbean Local Economic Development Project (CARILED).
The Manchester Parish Council, along with the Manchester Parish Development Committee, among other stakeholders and project partners last week broke ground for another phase of the park's re-development, where a total of 10 new kiosks (shops) will be constructed.
According to Phil Rodriques, local economic development officer at CARILED Manchester region, the programme which started over a week ago, will continue for the next six to eight weeks and will be undertaken by Elegant Structures Limited with supplies provided by Bi-way Hardware Limited.
"The purpose of the project is to stimulate economic growth and development by transforming the Cecil Charlton Park into an inclusive, comfortable, entertaining, and accessible space that encourages diverse users - all youth, men, women, and the elderly, to spend disposable income on goods and services provided by 10 shops. We also seek to have the park be a catalyst promoting the development of Manchester's first business improvement district in downtown Mandeville - creating an environment that facilitates economic growth through linkages established between MSMEs," expressed Rodriques.
First of seven redevelopment initiatives
The project, in coherence with the Manchester Sustainable Development Plan and Vision 2030, will seek to create approximately 20 to 30 new jobs
In his address, Minister of Local Government Noel Arscott said the project is the first of seven redevelopment initiatives to be undertaken across the land.
"Of the remaining six, three will be implemented in Westmoreland, one in Kingston and St Andrew and two in Clarendon. I expect this project to be a practical demonstration of local development initiative which can be replicated all over Jamaica. This is how we will meaningfully encourage economic and social transformation that every Jamaican desires."
Mayor of Mandeville, Brenda Ramsay told The Gleaner that upon completion, the shops will be granted first to those who occupied spaces prior to the redevelopment and were in good and regular standing, and then to those whose business offerings reflect what the park needs.