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New market, fire station for Port Maria

Published:Saturday | June 25, 2016 | 12:00 AM

A modern $40-million market is to be constructed in Port Maria, St Mary, this financial year.

This was disclosed by Minister of Local Government and Community Development Desmond McKenzie during his contribution to the 2016-2017 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on June 22.

He noted that the two-storey facility, which will be built at the location of the present Port Maria Market, will house approximately 70 vendors on the first floor, while the second floor will facilitate business spaces for entrepreneurs.

This modern building will have two external staircases, an elevator, and access aids for the physically challenged, in keeping with the building code.

The new market will also have water harvesting, solar power and light-emitting diode (LED) lighting among the features, as well as a proper parking area.

Port Maria is also slated to get a new fire station, with construction to begin this fiscal year, says McKenzie. He said the station will be located in Port Maria. Another is to be constructed in Montego Bay, St James, as well.

McKenzie emphasised that the completion of the projects is vital as both the Port Maria and Montego Bay fire stations have been closed for more than seven years.