For years, the San Fernando Waterfront captivated many with its beautiful sunsets. However, the stench of rotting fish and oil, gas and sewage leaking into its water was a major turnoff.As Attorney General and PNM candidate for San Fernando West Faris Al-Rawi turned to sod for two multi-million-dollar projects yesterday, he said this would provide permanent jobs in San Fernando while boosting the country’s GDP. It also means the circulation of money in the economy to take T&T through tough times. Al-Rawi and San Fernando Mayor Junia Regrello oversaw the start to the $120 million San Fernando Waterfront Car Park at the San Fernando General Hospital car park.South-West Regional Health Authority director Jennifer Marryshow said last week the board of directors had signed the 199-year lease agreement to transfer 78,458 square foot of land for the construction of a multi-story parking facility. Work has already started on the facility, which will be able to facilitate 1,002 vehicles on eight floors and include commercial space.
Kee-Chanona Ltd expects to complete the facility in eight months.
Regrello noted that the car park would help to ease traffic woes in the city, especially as people from as far as Cedros to Rio Claro visit daily for various services.
Down at the Public Service Transportation Corporation’s (PTSC) maintenance bay, an Urban Development Company (Udecott) and Hafeez Karamath Ltd’s Public-Private Partnership will yield the construction of the $750 million Lady Hailes by the Sea tower apartments.When finished, Lady Hailes by the Sea will offer two and three-bedroom apartments on the open market. It will sit on 14 acres of PTSC land and will include commercial space for restaurants, stores and a cinema, making it comparable to One Woodbrook Place. Al-Rawi said with a $250 million administrative complex set for construction on Chancery Lane and several other projects taking place in San Fernando, it is a good way for the economy to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.”While other people talk to you about a bold number, we can speak with particulars to identify the places that generate billions in investment,” Al-Rawi said.
“When you are spending on construction, you are moving your economy, you are employing people, you are creating new spaces, and you work your way out of the out of a COVID pandemic. So San Fernando, I say this is a wonderful day.”