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  • The Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC) on Wednesday, February10 passed a resolution for the allocation of $39.6 million from its Equalization Fund to complete upgrading works at the Queens Market, downtown.
  • The resolution was passed at the KSAC’s monthly meeting held in Council Chambers at 24 Church Street.
  • Councillor Kevin Taylor, who moved the resolution, noted the improvements will form part of the overall redevelopment process that is being undertaken in the downtown business district.

The Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC) on Wednesday, February10 passed a resolution for the allocation of $39.6 million from its Equalization Fund to complete upgrading works at the Queens Market, downtown.

The resolution was passed at the KSAC’s monthly meeting held in Council Chambers at 24 Church Street.

Councillor Kevin Taylor, who moved the resolution, noted the improvements will form part of the overall redevelopment process that is being undertaken in the downtown business district.

“Several attempts have been made by the Council to fund these activities including own source and through international funding agencies. We have been unable to secure these funds and I think the project is sufficient and so important that it requires some intervention to ensure that a project so important does not fall by the wayside,” he said.

Councillor Donovan Samuels, who seconded the resolution, said “this intervention is a timely one… because it is important that markets are suitable for the vendors for them to sell and for the customers to go to them inside the markets.”

In financial year 2012/13, the KSAC spent in excess of $10 million to undertake necessary upgrading works on the market located at the corner of Heywood and Princess Streets.

The covered section was redesigned and can now accommodate 200 vendors occupying 8×8 stalls. The sanitary conveniences were also repaired, so too the meat market with 20 stalls erected.

The $39.6 million will cover redesign of the fish market: general cleaning and sanitation; construction of fish storage areas, fish house, nine new shops, and stalls; electrical works; erection of signage; and installation of renewable energy system.

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