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  • Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, says discussions have been initiated towards the redevelopment and preservation of the monument.
  • The Prime Minister said the monument, which is located on Little Eighth Street in Greenwich Town, St. Andrew, has been long forgotten by many Jamaicans.
  • She was addressing residents at the launch of the Integrated Community Development Project (ICDP) in the communities of Majesty Gardens and Greenwich Town/Newport West, St. Andrew, on January 21.

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, says discussions have been initiated towards the redevelopment and preservation of the monument, which was built in memory of the 500 unidentified persons who perished in the 1907 earthquake.

The massive earthquake, and the fire it caused, destroyed sections of downtown Kingston.

The Prime Minister said the monument, which is located on Little Eighth Street in Greenwich Town, St. Andrew, has been long forgotten by many Jamaicans.

“I have spoken to the Ministry of Tourism about developing a park at the site…so that people can visit the monument to honour the memory of those 500 persons who are buried there,” she informed.

“We need to honour those who perished in that earthquake. There are a number of Jamaicans, who lost their relatives in that earthquake, who don’t even know where the monument is,” Mrs. Simpson Miller said.

She was addressing residents at the launch of the Integrated Community Development Project (ICDP) in the communities of Majesty Gardens and Greenwich Town/Newport West, St. Andrew, on January 21.

The programme is being implemented by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) through a US$42 million loan from the World Bank.

It will involve significant upgrades of public infrastructure and social interventions including violence interrupter and livelihood development programmes across 18 communities spanning six parishes.

These are Kingston and St. Andrew, St. Catherine, Clarendon, St. Ann, St. James and Westmoreland.

A major segment of the programme will involve road rehabilitation; the removal of zinc fences; improvement of storm water drainage; and the installation of water supply and sanitation household connections.

The ICDP will also involve the creation of recreational spaces and community parks as well as a partnership with the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) to clean up and beautify the local environment. Environmental wardens will be trained and employed to assist in the clean-up process.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister also urged the JSIF to assist in the restoration of the Greenwich Town Fishing Village.

The fishing village is located on the southern border of the Greenwich Town community between Petrojam and Geddes Grant on Marcus Garvey Drive. The area, though primarily a business district, has, over the years, become largely residential.

The Social Development Commission (SDC), with the assistance of the NSWMA and other Government agencies, has been working to redevelop the area for some time.

 

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