Local Government Minister Desmond Mckenzie, has signed a $190 million contract to construct a modern administrative building for the Portmore Municipal Corporation.
The construction of an official municipal building for Portmore, was one of the commitments given by the minister in his contribution to the 2017/18 Sectoral Debate in April.
Mr. Mckenzie says apart from the need for improved security, as well as to end the payment of rental for its current premises, the municipal corporation should be housed in its own space.
This he says would reflect the corporations own identity, and that the space must be a modern symbol of civic pride and enhanced service delivery.
The new facility will be built on government land in the vicinity of the Braeton Parkway.
Mr Mckenzie says the new building will accommodate the needs of the physically challenged.
The project will be financed from the equalization fund, as well as the municipal corporation’s funds.
Construction is expected to last twenty months, beginning on June 1, and the intention is to execute the project in sections, so that the corporation can move in and use the space during the period of the works.
It is expected that the building will be completed by February, 2019.