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(GIS) – His Worship, Mayor Peterson D. Francis has expressed his approval for the new design of the Castries Market Project which is now at an advanced stage.
The redesign, done by the architectural section within the Department of Physical Planning comprises several components including a food court, high-end air conditioned restaurants, a craft market, box park, viewing tower, entertainment area, meat and fish depots and duty-free shopping boutiques.
The redevelopment of the Castries Market will create a nexus between Saint Lucia’s goods and services exports and the vending opportunities that are available, which will in turn promote excellence and authenticity and provide an upgrade for product display and quality.
The project will also assist in ensuring that the products sold are authentically Saint Lucian, and increase the diversity and creativity of the vending activities for a more attractive and aesthetically-pleasing display. In addition, it will create a unique experience for visitors by distinguishing it from other Caribbean markets and generally elevate the standard of vending and customer service to international standards.
Mayor Francis said the intention is to achieve a public space which appeals to visitors, citizens and vendors.
“It will do so by integrating the history, culture and architecture. The redesign of the Castries Market forms part of the wider revitalization and redevelopment of the City of Castries, with the market being one of the main features within this extensive redevelopment.”
Construction work is expected to begin this summer.
The designs to be made public in the coming weeks along with an active consultative and awareness campaign.