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Cabinet has approved the construction of a temporary facility to replace the Morant Bay courthouse, which was destroyed by fire in February 2007.
Minister with responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz, made the announcement on Wednesday (December 15) at the weekly post-Cabinet press briefing.
He said approval has been given for the construction of a pre-fabricated steel core building to be used as a temporary courthouse in the St. Thomas capital. Mustang Construction and Engineering Limited has been awarded the contract in the amount of $45.9 million to undertake the work.
Meanwhile, Minister Vaz told journalists that Cabinet has agreed to the acquisition of 14 parcels of land to facilitate the construction of the Christiana Development Road bypass in Manchester, under the Jamaica Development Infrastructure Programme (JDIP).
He said parcels of land, which have an approximate area of 24,300 square metres and a value of about $56.1 million, are located on the southern side of the existing main road leading from Chudleigh to Coleyville, Manchester.
The National Land Agency will manage the purchase of the lands from the individual owners on behalf of the Ministry of Transport and Works.
Additionally, approval has been given for the purchase of approximately 4,306.23 square metres of land in the Montego Bay free zone area for the construction of the western branch of the Overseas Examinations Commission (OEC). The land will be purchased at a sum not exceeding US$712,776, the Minister said.
The OEC manages the administration of examinations for 27 Caribbean Secondary Examinations Council subjects, the Caribbean Certificate for secondary level competence and the Caribbean Advance Proficiency Examination.
In the meantime, Mr. Vaz informed that Cabinet also approved the sale of a portion of the property located at Rhoden’s Pen, Old Harbour, in St. Catherine, which is currently occupied by West Indies Home Contractors Limited to the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) at a price of $20 million.
The approximate size of the property is 3.18 acres, with building space of 19,568 square feet, he said. “The acquisition of the property by UDC is subject to lease with the West Indies Home Contractors Limited and the collection by the Development Bank of Jamaica of divestment fees equivalent to three per cent of the proceeds of the sale or $600,000, and the recovery of the divestment expenses of the DBJ and the National Investment Bank of Jamaica, and the placement of the net proceeds in the divestment escrow account,” he informed.