St. Thomas Residents Furious because of Lack of Development

Jamaica News: Residents of Morant Bay and adjoining communities in St Thomas are demanding answers from Prime Minister Andrew Holness and his administration about what they say is a broken promise.

The government, through the Factories Corporation of Jamaica, had signalled its intention to break ground for an Urban Centre in St Thomas from March this year, however to date nothing has happened.

Residents are now concerned this is just the latest disappoint for a parish reeling from underdevelopment and in need of investment.

The proposed $4 billion Morant Bay town centre if built, would be on the 25-acre property where the old Goodyear factory is located and would house the St. Thomas Municipal Corporation building; a Town Hall; a museum to be named the Paul Bogle Hall, in honour of the National Hero and son of the parish; and a commercial/retail complex hosting a range of business and financial firms, and food establishments.

Additionally, the centre would have two business process outsourcing (BPO) facilities totalling approximately 80,000 square feet that will employ some 3,000 persons working on a two-shift system.

 

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