Mayor Peterson Francis is ecstatic and very contented with the new design for the Castries Market Project which is now at an advanced stage, his office has said.
According to a release from the Mayor’s Office, the redesign was done by the architectural section within Department of Physical Planning.
The drawing includes a food court, high-end air conditioned restaurants, craft market, box park, viewing tower, entertainment area, meat and fish depots and duty-free shopping boutiques.
‘The redevelopment of the Castries Market will create a nexus between Saint Lucia’s goods and services exports and the vending opportunities that are available which will in turn promote excellence and authenticity and provide an upgrade for product display and quality,’ the release from the Mayor’s office stated.
It said that in addition, the project will assist in ensuring that the products sold are authentically Saint Lucian, increase the diversity and creativity of the vending activities for a more attractive and aesthetically pleasing display.
‘It will also create a unique experience for visitors by distinguishing it from other Caribbean markets and generally elevate the standard of vending and customer service to international standards,’ according to the release.
Mayor Francis was quoted as saying thats the intention is to achieve a public space which appeals to visitors, citizens and vendors.
Construction work is expected to begin in the summer of this year, with the designs expected to be made public in the coming weeks along with an active consultative and awareness campaign.