An important part of the Castries Market Redevelopment Project has been officially handed over to the Ministry of Economic Development, it has been announced.
The presentation was made on November 28, 2019 at the facility, presided over by Castries Mayor, Peterson D. Francis.
According to a release from the Mayor’s office, the newly-built edifice can withstand hurricane wind speeds of up to category five and includes a sheltered area, structurally designed to enable the free flow of provisions market vendors and other market users.
Recognizing that vendors are key players in national development and trade, the objective is to ensure further development of their product offerings whilst providing proper accommodation and facilities, the release observed.
It is expected that the new facility will be outfitted with 100 stalls that will accommodate all provisions vendors. In addition, the existing comfort station will be spruced-up and refurbished to contribute to the overall ambience.
Upon official commissioning, vendors utilizing the old Jeremie Street Fire Station site where they were temporarily placed, will be repositioned at their new home.
Speaking at the occasion, Mayor Francis described the project as a fresh start and one that is a vital part of a sector which directly contributes significantly to the socio-economic development of the country.
“It is an important component of the tourism product and as such should be given due consideration in our product development. We look forward to the reopening and providing all our provisions vendors a fresh approach. I am pleased that all our provisions vendors will be accommodated,” said Mayor Francis.
The next component of Phase 1 of the project will see the construction of a Container Box Park creating an avenue for micro enterprising cosmetic shops, cafés, pubs and eateries.
Thereafter, the remaining component of Phase 1 to commence will include modifications to the entrance of the market adjacent to the Castries harbour, construction of a state of the art food court, high-end air conditioned restaurants, a refurbished craft market, entertainment area, and meat and fish depots.
Phase 2 comprises the construction of a viewing tower, and duty free shopping boutiques.