Constant Spring Market to Be Sold to Facilitate Road Expansion Project

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  • 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.
  • The KSAMC has commissioned and received the requisite valuations from the NLA and also from a private, duly registered valuator. The private valuation puts the value of the market at $270 million while the public valuation is $186 million.
  • For his part, Councillor for the Greenwich Town Division, Karl Blake, noted that while the sale of the market will displace some people, “we seize this opportunity to have a proper dialogue with them and let them be a part of the development”.

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 in the Council Chamber located on Church Street in downtown Kingston on December 12.

The KSAMC has commissioned and received the requisite valuations from the NLA and also from 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.

She said that motorists spend as many as three hours in traffic on a daily basis, and this is “time that could be spent with loved ones and time that could be utilised in the offices”.

For his part, Councillor for the Greenwich Town Division, Karl Blake, noted that while the sale of the market will displace some people, “we seize this opportunity to have a proper dialogue with them and let them be a part of the development”.

The Government will spend approximately $2.4 billion (US$19 million) under the Major Infrastructure Development Programme (MIDP) to widen and improve Constant Spring Road in St. Andrew.

Prime Minister, the Most. Hon. Andrew Holness, on December 5 signed the contract with China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) Limited to facilitate the road-improvement works.

The four-kilometre thoroughfare runs from Norbrook Drive to Red Hills Road/Eastwood Park Road intersection.

The works include widening of the road from two to four lanes, improved traffic management, upgrading of storm-water drainage, and construction of two additional bus bays at the transportation terminal in Manor Park, St. Andrew.

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