Prime Minister Mia Mottley has hinted that construction of the proposed Hyatt Centric Resort could commence early next year.
Mottley made the announcement as she delivered the feature address during the opening of the Golden Square Freedom Park on Saturday, where she also revealed that the Pierhead project will also start as part of a major Bridgetown revitalization mandate.
“And the other works that are already out to tender for the Treasury Building, which we believe must be that place where young Barbadians and not so young Barbadians can take to living in the centre of town, so that we can bring back life to Bridgetown fully,” Mottley said.
Mottley also noted that the work being completed in the Constitution River will bring honour to, and allow Barbadians to see the area beautified and small boats sailing beyond Queens Park.
She also highlighted the more than 100 stalls Government built for workers and vendors at Fairchild Street.
Mottley said: “The project is not yet finished and I thank those who are working on it for when we finish there, we go straight down to the Constitution River terminal. The work in Temple Yard started and will be completed, and were it not for COVID, we would be much further ahead.
“Or in Passage Road and the corner of Baxter’s Road, or indeed with respect to Queens Park, which must become the centre of cultural activity and creativity for our people in this country, young, middle aged or old, regardless of who or where they come from.”
The Prime Minister added: “We have already announced that the National Cultural Foundation (NCF) must relocate from St James and find itself in the centre of town so that it can open up fully, the opportunities for all of our young people who need to know that there are spaces and places where they can be the best that they can be.”
Mottley also gave the assurance that work will continue to rectify the flooding issue at Murphy Pasture, also in The City. She said, “we will continue to ensure that those who live literally in the shadow of the Bridgetown Sewage Treatment Plant should not have to have the indignity of not being connected to the very thing that they live next to”.
“We must see people, we must hear people and we must care about people”.
The Prime Minister also announced that if not for COVID-19 protocols and restrictions, the Fairchild Street Bus Terminal would have also been renamed after Archbishop Granville Williams. (AH)