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  • Development works, valued at $915 million are to be undertaken in Falmouth, Trelawny this year, as the Government continues to transform the resort town.
  • The TEF has signed Memoranda of Understanding with the UDC and the PAJ to undertake the works.
  • The two components of the undertaking involve the Hampden Wharf Development, estimated to cost $585 million; and the Falmouth Streetscape Improvement Project, budgeted for $330 million.

Development works, valued at $915 million are to be undertaken in Falmouth, Trelawny this year, as the Government continues to transform the resort town.

This was disclosed by Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill  during his contribution to the 2014/15 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, May 27.

The Minister said the project is being embarked on as Government is “sensitive to the cries from members of the community about their inability to attract business from the cruise ship passengers”, due to the contrast between the appearance of the town and the cruise ship pier.

He informed that the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) has signed Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) and the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ), to undertake the works.

The two components of the undertaking involve the Hampden Wharf Development, estimated to cost $585 million; and the Falmouth Streetscape Improvement Project, budgeted for $330 million.

The Minister explained that the Hampden Wharf Development “will create an entirely open experience that will accommodate craft vendors and other business people from the town”.

It will feature restaurants, an entertainment centre, and shops, in an inviting environment that harmonises with the development at the pier. It will be open to visitors and locals.

“Improvements to heritage assets like the wharf building, the Dome and Foundry and the Tharpe House will be included in the development,” he informed.

Turning to the Falmouth Streetscape Project, Minister McNeill pointed out that this entails aesthetic and structural improvement to roads and lanes in the vicinity of Water Square.

“These improvements will enhance the ambiance in Falmouth town,” he said, adding that the overall project is expected to be completed in three years.