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Constant Spring market to be sold for road expansion

Published:Thursday | December 14, 2017 | 12:00 AM
In this file photo, a man walks on Constant Spring Road in Kingston where a section of the road was being repaired. Major expansion work is planned for the Constant Spring Road corridor.

The Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) is to enter into negotiations with the National Land Agency (NLA) for the sale of the Constant Spring Market to facilitate the expansion of the Constant Spring Road corridor.

A resolution giving effect to this was approved by the Corporation at its meeting held on Tuesday.

It’s understood that the KSAMC has commissioned and received the requisite valuations from the NLA and a private, duly registered valuator.

The private valuation puts the value of the market at $270 million while the public valuation is $186 million .

In opening the debate on the resolution, Councillor of the Norbrook Division, Susan Senior, argued that expansion of the roadway will lead to a reduction in travel time for motorists.

Councillor for the Greenwich Town Division, Karl Blake, noted that while the sale of the market will displace some people, there is an opportunity to have dialogue with them and have them be a part of the development.

The Government will spend approximately $2.4 billion under the Major Infrastructure Development Programme to widen and improve Constant Spring Road in St Andrew.