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Destination Downtown - UDC pushing plans to use parking lots for entertainment

Published:Tuesday | February 10, 2015 | 2:00 AM

With the Kingston waterfront seemingly becoming 'party central' of the Corporate Area, the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) is pushing ahead with plans to turn parking lots into entertainment venues, as part of a wider proposal to make downtown Kingston an active entertainment area after 5:00 p.m.

UDC director, government Senator Lambert Brown made the disclosure in the Senate last week without giving additional details.

However, junior minister in the ministry of tourism and entertainment, Damion Crawford, had already indicated that the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation's parking lots in downtown Kingston are to be used as part of a wider entertainment zone, starting from the Palisadoes strip.

According to Crawford, removable fences would be installed around designated parking lots in downtown Kingston when they are being used for events.

He said events held in the zone would automatically be allowed to continue beyond the time specified in the Noise Abatement Act.

In the meantime, Brown told the Senate that the UDC is now in discussions with a major international company that could lead to the development of communities from Port Royal to downtown Kingston.

Brown said while he could not give any details of the talks, the UDC is also discussing other initiatives that could lead to the renewal of downtown Kingston.