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Minister of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports, Olivia Grange, has announced the construction of a $160 million transportation centre on Water Lane, downtown Kingston. The Minister, who was speaking at the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation’s (KSAC) Christmas tree-lighting ceremony on Friday (Dec. 14) at St. William Grant Park, said the facility will accommodate the buses and taxis, which congest the areas around the park.
In the meantime, she said that a $90 million contract has been signed for the rehabilitation of the historic park, work on which will commence in the middle of January.
According to the Miss Grange, the government is committed to the redevelopment of downtown adding “we have issued an order preventing any government ministry, department or agency from moving out of downtown Kingston to uptown without Cabinet approval. They need to have very good reasons to get approval (to move).”
In his remarks at the ceremony, Mayor of Kingston and St. Andrew, Councillor Desmond McKenzie, said the municipality will be feeding 15,000 persons throughout the city as part of its annual Christmas programme.
He added that “we will be having a treat for our children the Saturday before Christmas (December 22) down at the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation car park.”
In the meantime, the hundreds of residents from Kingston and St. Andrew, who witnessed the tree-lighting ceremony, enjoyed performances from Ity and Fancy Cat, and musical renditions by Oberlin, Papine and Vauxhall high schools; the Scotia Bank choir; Jamaica Constabulary Force chorale, and Men of Valour.