The Urban Development Corporation (UDC) has signed an agreement with the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ) and the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) to improve the streetscape aesthetics of the Historic town of Falmouth in the parish of Trelawny.
The project will be funded by the Tourism Enhancement Fund at a cost of $279.9m with completion scheduled for May 2015.
The main objective is to enhance the experience of residents and tourists in the historic town. This forms part of the UDC's Draft Greater Falmouth Redevelopment Plan 2012.The Development Plan seeks to preserve the area's rich heritage whilst making provision for the surrounding environs to be renewed in harmony with the built and natural environment and to ensure an improved tourist product.
The scope of this project includes: improving the entry point and aesthetics of the three main streets: Market, Falmouth, and Tharpe. Improvements to pedestrian crossings and paths/walkways and streetscaping to include banners, covered drains and paved walkways for both residents and visitors to enjoy more of the town and to move about freely in an atmosphere of safety.
In addition, the partners will organize vendors and vending areas to improve visitors' experience; improve façades of buildings facing the port and historic buildings along the trolley path and walking tours that is, the Heritage Residential District; provide commerce potential for shops and kiosks on streets; and improve entry to the Market and Transportation Centre.
As government's leading urban and rural development planning agency, the UDC will develop civil, electrical, and architectural designs and cost estimates for the project; prepare the specifications, drawings and detailed bills of quantities; and closely monitor and evaluate the project for quality assurance. The PAJ is the project manager and has the responsibility for implementation and to prepare tender documents for the procurement of suitable contractors in keeping with the Government of Jamaica Procurement Guidelines.
The Falmouth Restoration project will cover two phases: Phase I: Streetscape Improvement and temporary screening of Tharpe House and Rural Agricultural Developmental Authority (RADA) building which is nearing completion. The screening of the building gives a futuristic artist impression of the restored structure.
Phase II will comprise façade improvement of the streets and the Heritage Residential District.
The project is being carried out under the auspices of the Trelawny Parish Council.
For further information,
The Corporate Relations and Marketing Department
Urban Development Corporation
12 Ocean Boulevard
Tel :( 876) 922-8310-4