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Construction boom?

Published:Saturday | January 6, 2018 | 12:00 AM


I have seen a number of construction projects in the Corporate Area recently, about which I cannot recall seeing anything published in the media. I am really just curious about what is happening. A few have been highlighted already, but I am also curious about a couple others and some of the social and environmental impact of what is going on.

1. The former Income Tax Building (named after Sir Donald Sangster) seems to be under extensive renovation. What are the plans for it?

2. I see an attractive building almost completed at the top of Maxfield Avenue across from Ministry of Transport and Works near to the Half-Way Tree Police Station. Is it a new courthouse or ministry building?

3. Who are the principals behind the monstrosity of an apartment complex that sticks out like a sore thumb on South Avenue?

4. It was great to see workmen (apparently mostly Chinese) on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs building under construction in downtown Kingston a few Sundays and over recent public holidays. I saw something similar in 2007 in Shanghai, China, workers on the road at 11 p.m.

5. The GraceKennedy and Kingston waterfront upgrading projects are also shaping up to change the city's skyline.

I know several high-rise apartment complexes have been erected over recent years, and I do recall seeing Dr Wayne Reid on TV talking about the likely negative impact on sections of the city's infrastructure. What are the plans for downtown Kingston, already notorious for choked sewerage systems?

These projects clearly have the potential to be both positive and negative - employment for construction workers and increased sale of building products, etc - are clearly on the positive side. But how coordinated are the bigger projects?

Generally, I like what I am seeing but have concerns as well. Can an enterprising reporter do a comprehensive, informative piece?

John Public