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Downtown 'holds a fresh'

Published:Tuesday | May 8, 2012 | 12:00 AM
The Nat Larmans and Son Optical Repairs building at the intersection of John's Lane and Sutton Street gets a paint job under the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce downtown Kingston clean-up initiative. - Norman Grindley/Chief Photographer

Arthur Hall, Senior Gleaner Reporter

The Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (JCC), along with the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC), is spearheading a 10-day clean-up campaign for downtown Kingston.

As part of this plan the JCC has made an arrangement with paint companies to supply paint at discounted prices to businesses, schools and churches in the area to give their premises a facelift.

"This is a partnership involving the JCC, the KSAC, The Gleaner and the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), to give the area a fresh look," said JCC executive, Francis 'Paco' Kennedy.

"Normally, Labour Day, on May 23, is a clean-up day but we have decided to do this over 10 days during that time," added Kennedy.

He said the paint manufactures are members of the JCC and are fully on board. Already, some businesses have benefited from the programme and the new look of the Nat Larmans and Son Optical Repair building, at the corner of John's Lane and Sutton Street, is testimony of what can be done.

"Some companies have already started to paint up and we don't mind. If other persons want to get on the programme, they can contact the JCC and we will add them to the list," said Kennedy.

Bulk waste is to be lifted from the city and unoccupied buildings are expected to be bushed and cleared during the 10-day exercise.

"The aim is to have downtown looking clean and fresh. We felt that the city needs a facelift and this is a part of the process."