KINGSTON — Some $294.2 million is to be used this fiscal year, to fully implement civil works, and officially hand over the Simon Bolivar Cultural Centre at North parade, downtown Kingston.
The project, which is provided for under the Venezuelan Investment Fund (BANDES), is being implemented by the Urban Development Corporation (UDC).
It aims to expand and develop existing and new cultural and sports facilities; enhance the blossoming of creative talent; promote a cultural fraternity in the Caribbean; stimulate and deepen cultural exchanges with countries in the region; and design training programmes, and develop human resources.
Included in the funds, which have been allocated in the 2011/2012 Estimates of Expenditure, is $155.4 million to cover Consolidated Fund payment for prior year expenditure. Government funding totals $155.4 million, while the BANDES loan is $138.8 million
Thus far, the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC) building approval has been granted; land acquired; contracts tendered; engineering consultancy contract finalised, and works on the structure 65 per cent complete.
The project generally, also aims to: restore the Montego Bay old courthouse; construct a library and audiovisual centre; upgrade the swimming pool, tennis and basketball courts at G.C Foster College; and upgrade Independence Park complex, the Montego Bay Sports Complex, and the Frome Sports Complex.
By ALPHEA SAUNDERS, JIS Reporter