Work on the redevelopment of the Castries Market is expected to begin in earnest on Tuesday April 9th, 2019.
That’s according to Castries Mayor Peterson Francis who met vendors of the provisions market on Monday morning to discuss the way forward.
The first phase of the Market Redevelopment Project will see the relocation of the vendors. Construction of a covered vending area is expected to commence in the next two weeks.
While the redevelopment project is expected to enhance the facility for the vendors, the President of the Vendors Association has expressed concerns and has accused the Mayor of not consulting the association.
According to Mayor Peterson Francis, over 100 provision vendors will be temporarily relocated to the former fire station site on Jeremie Street.
Preparatory work of that site to accommodate the vendors is expected to begin on Tuesday April 9th.
The Castries Mayor says the redevelopment project is expected to provide the vendors with a covered vending area but will also help improve the presentation of their products, along with the overall aesthetics and the quality of vending in the provisions market.
Restrooms will also be provided for the vendors.
The President of the St. Lucia Craft and Dry Goods Vendors’ Associationhas taken issue with the Mayor’s approach to the project.
Fresh Start Construction Company Ltd will undertake the redevelopment project.