Positive Developments for Downtown Kingston in 2010, Says Mayor


His Worship the Mayor of Kingston, Councillor Desmond McKenzie, says that downtown Kingston can look forward to a number of positive developments in 2010.
The Mayor, who was speaking at a Church Service launching Kingston and St. Andrew’s Local Government Month celebrations, also commended telecommunications company, Digicel, on its decision to move downtown, next year.
“I am encouraged by certain recent developments, including the announcement by Digicel that it will be building their new corporate office in downtown Kingston. We hope that it will give a welcome boost to the long delayed redevelopment of the City, and encourage other corporate entities to become a part of this very important process,” he stated.
The service was held at the Bethel United Church of Jesus Christ (Apostolic), South Camp Road, Kingston on Sunday (November 1). It kicked off a number of activities planned by the KSAC in observation of Local Government Month.
Mayor McKenzie, making his first public appearance since a recent operation, noted that the foundation was already being laid for the redevelopment of this part of the City.
He said that over $250 million was already being spent constructing a new urban transport centre, and for the upgrading of St. Willliam Grant Park, the main green area in that part of the city. Work has also started on the Simon Bolivar Cultural Centre, North Parade, which will include a 350-seat multi-cultural centre and exhibit hall.
“And, we have the Government’s commitment to ensure that none of its agencies, which are currently based downtown, will move out,” he noted.
“So there are many positive things to look forward to in 2010, which gives us hope that soon, and very soon, we will once again be able to regard our city with the same pride that our parents and grandparents felt in the past,” he said.
He added that while the KSAC was disappointed with the delay in the completion of the Local Government Reform process, the Councillors were heartened by the commitment and dedication shown by the Minister responsible for the process, Hon. Robert Montague.
“We know that he has not been idle since October, 2007, when he took over,” he remarked.
The sermon was delivered by the Pastor of the Church, Bishop John K Hewitt. The lessons were read by Councillor Tosha Schwapp (Stony Hill) and Councillor Desmond Bailey (Allman Town).

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