- Sandhya Santoo
- Trinidad and Tobago Express
AFTER decades of waiting, the San Fernando Waterfront Redevelopment is set to begin.
The assurance comes from San Fernando Mayor Junia Regrello.
And a sign has been erected near the King’s Wharf market detailing the project, part of Government’s Vision 2030 initiative.
With an estimated $144 million set aside for major redevelopment for the project, it is expected to transform the City.
Regrello said the Public Transport Service Corporation (PTSC) garage is being relocated to Golconda on a compound formerly occupied by OAS Contrutora, the Brazilian contractor hired and later fired over the Solomon Hochoy Highway Extension project..
Some residents are negotiating with the Land Settlement Agency to relocate to a housing development in Tarouba.
The Government has assured that the project will be completed by 2020.
The Ministry of Planning will be spearheading the project in collaboration with an Oversight Committee comprising of representatives from Town and Country Planning Division. Project Planning and Reconstruction Division, Planning Unit, Legal Services Unit, National Transformation Unit, Environmental Policy and Planning Division, Socio-Economic Policy Planning Division, Communication Unit of the Ministry, Environmental Management Authority, the Institute of Marine Affairs and the National Trust of Trinidad and Tobago.
The redevelopment project will be broken into phases.
This will include: reclamation of 3.8 hectares of land at King’s Wharf North to facilitate the Water Taxi terminal and also feature opportunity for public and private sector development and an upgrade to Plaza San Carlos.
The project will generate employment opportunities for many in San Fernando and surrounding communities.
Once the project is complete, it will become a hub for entertainment and commercial activity, there will be the preservation of historical spaces, leisure facilities constructed thereby creating a tourist hub.