Monday 16 September, 2019

Portmore Municipal Corporation eager to move into new $190-m building

Construction of a building that will be the new house for the Portmore Municipal Corporation is expected to be completed by February, 2019.

Construction of a building that will be the new house for the Portmore Municipal Corporation is expected to be completed by February, 2019.

The Portmore Municipal Corporation is eager to move into the spanking new $190 million modern administrative building from which to operate its business.

"The structure will be ready in 2019, and Portmore will have the most modern municipal building on the island, and this will enable staff and elected representatives to carry out their functions more effectively and efficiently," Mayor Leon Thomas told Loop Jamaica reporter Claude Mills.

"A modern municipal structure can facilitate improved service delivery. We are currently operating on a plaza, a situation which is not conducive to conducting parish council business, so we are looking forward to moving into our new home in 2019; we are hoping it will be completed in the contracted time," said Mayor Thomas. 

Work is far advanced on site with the erection of a perimeter fence, completion of the ground floor, and ongoing work on the second floor.

It is expected that the building will be completed by February 2019. The Ministry of Local Government is providing $100 million for the project, while the Corporation is contributing $90 million.

The new structure will be situated on four acres of land in the vicinity of Braeton Parkway and Municipal Boulevard, which is near to the South St. Catherine Division (hundred-man) Police Station.

The 22,654-square foot facility will feature a ground floor, first floor and attic floor, and will have energy-efficient features such as LED and solar street lighting. The overall development plan also includes access for the physically challenged, landscaping, adequate car parking, and water harvesting.

"The Corporation spends more than $7 million per year to rent the building it currently occupies so we are eager to move over," Mayor Thomas said.

 

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