Government focused on upgrading downtown

The government is focused on the development of a master plan for the city of Nassau, Minister of Public Works Desmond Bannister told Guardian Business this week, as construction begins on key areas of the city and plans are in the process of being finalized for other areas.

“There are plans with respect to roadways, buildings, etc.,” Bannister said. “The whole focus is upgrading downtown.”

He pointed to the beginning of the construction of the new United States Embassy on East Street and Shirley Street as one of those key upgrades to the face of downtown.

That construction project, as well as the eventual construction of the new central bank at Royal Victoria Gardens, have also been heralded by Managing Director of the Downtown Nassau Partnership Ed Fields as projects that are pivotal to the revitalization of downtown, along with the redevelopment of Nassau’s cruise port.

Fields, who spoke to Guardian Business on Monday, added that the long-awaited boardwalk has had its “connecting ribbon” completed and said he hopes to see progress on the old post office, which has to be demolished and repurposed.

“We’d like to see some order brought to the Woodes Rodgers Wharf area and we have already been working with Global Ports Holding with regard to the taxi call-up system and where they currently park by Woodes Rodgers. And we’ve already agreed to that with the taxi committee at Prince George Dock. Where they will be situated is still in the planning stages.”

According to Fields, from The Pointe development to East Street, storefronts are beginning to refurbish and remodel. He contended that the redevelopment of the cruise port will begin to spur more redevelopment of other parts of downtown.

Fields said he continues to work on a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Public Works for the redevelopment of Clifford Park and with the police on tackling vagrancy and harassment downtown.

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Chester Robards

Chester Robards rejoined The Nassau Guardian in November 2017 as a senior business reporter. He has covered myriad topics and events for The Nassau Guardian. Education: Florida International University, BS in Journalism

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