Monday 23 September, 2019

San Fernando redevelopment 'long overdue'

San Fernando West MP Faris Al-Rai makes a contibution at a recent public consulatation on the San Fernando Waterfront Redevelopment Project. Photo courtesy The Urban Development Cr[oration of Trinidad and Tobago (UDeCOTT).

San Fernando West MP Faris Al-Rai makes a contibution at a recent public consulatation on the San Fernando Waterfront Redevelopment Project. Photo courtesy The Urban Development Cr[oration of Trinidad and Tobago (UDeCOTT).

Upgrades to the city of San Fernando and environs is long overdue.

That was the consensus at a recent public consultation held at the San Fernando City Hall as burgesses clamoured for change.

Those present at the public consultation for the redevelopment of the San Fernando Waterfront Project last Friday called on San Fernando West MP Faris Al-Rawi, San Fernando Mayor Junia Regrello and the Urban Development Company of Trinidad and Tobago (UDeCOTT) to deliver — as residents have witnessed five decades of talk and successive consultations, with very little change to infrastructure and construction development in the once buoyant southern City.

"Restore life to our dying City, please," one resident pleaded.

Mayor Regrello gave historical highlights of the City, while San Fernando West MP Faris Al-Rawi gave a comprehensive overview of the massive project, with assistance from UDeCOTT Senior Project Manager, Terrence Beepath.

The consultation was well-attended by a diverse audience consisting of captains of industry and commerce from the banking sector, the Greater San Fernando Area Chamber of Commerce, the Environmental Management Authority, Executives from the Public Utilities, Members of the Joint Consultative Council for the Construction Industry, Educators from surrounding schools, and resident stalwarts, among many others.

Major components of Phase 1 of the Redevelopment Project include: San Fernando Waterfront Coastal Wall; San Fernando Waterfront Reclamation Project; Lady Hailes Mixed-Use Development; Hatters' Beach Fishing Facility; San Fernando Waterfront Public Car Park; Chancery Lane East Complex Project; Plaza San Carlos Historic District; Lady Hailes Avenue Widening Project and Boardwalk.

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