Port Maria Market to be reconstructed
The Port Maria Market in St Mary is to be reconstructed at a cost of approximately $68 million.
Local Government Minister, Desmond McKenzie says the new facility will be a two-storey structure that will accommodate vendors on the ground floor and commercial enterprises upstairs.
McKenzie indicated that the project will be financed through the Equalisation Fund, which is administered by his ministry.
He was speaking at a special stakeholders meeting at the St Mary Municipal Corporation’s offices in Port Maria.
McKenzie said the tender document for the project is being reviewed by the National Contracts Commission and on completion will be submitted to the Cabinet for approval.
He has instructed the Chairman of the St Mary Municipal Corporation and Port Maria Mayor, Councillor Levan Freeman, to immediately commence the temporary relocation of the vendors using the market.
Mayor Freeman welcomed the announcement, noting that the facility has deteriorated significantly, which poses a challenge for vendors and customers.
He noted that many of the vendors have abandoned the market and are plying their wares on the sidewalks and at other locations.