A major transformation of Port of Spain is proposed for the next five years.
According to Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, it includes the construction of a floating cultural museum above the Port of Spain Prison, the development of Salvatori Building into a 35-storey energy tower, and a five-to-seven-storey hotel and man-made island for Invader's Bay.
She was addressing members of the private sector at the 'Beyond the Ballot' luncheon, hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Port of Spain yesterday.
She said proposals to redevelop the city were put forward by the Urban Development Corporation (UDeCOTT) and the Housing Development Corporation (HDC), following a joint examination of all development plans prepared for the capital city since 1968.
It is important to note that in developing this plan, there were ten stakeholder consultations which were held between February 27, 2015, and May 22, 2015, Persad-Bissessar said, adding the plan still requires further discussion.
These consultations were held with the mayor of Port of Spain, representatives from the (Port of Spain) city corporation, Ansa McAl, Massy group of companies, Republic Bank Ltd, the Trinidad and Tobago Contractors Association, the East PoS Development Company, the International Finance Centre, InvesTT, the SWWTU (Seamen and Waterfront Workers' Trade Union), and Town and Country Planning,? she said.
The Spirit of Port of Spain
She pointed out the floating museum, which will be called the Spirit of Port of Spain, would be a cultural space of local paintings, music, and Tan Tan and Saga Boy gallery. She said other cultural spaces in the city will include the Queen's Park Savannah, the National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA) and Queen's Hall.
The Prime Minister said UDeCOTT and HDC's proposal for Invader's Bay includes construction of a global financial centre, a five-to-seven-storey hotel, a conference and convention centre, commercial and residential development, recreational facilities and a ferry terminal.
Specific areas have been identified in this area for a natural reserve, mangrove and public park. At the Foreshore, there would be beachfront and related development, beachfront theme parks, shopping and retail mall development, and a man-made island with an offshore golf course. This will be done with people and the environment in mind, she said.
The National Security Complex
Persad-Bissessar said apart from the 30-35-storey energy tower which would replace Salvatory Building, a multimodal transport hub was proposed for Queen's Wharf, Port of Spain, which would connect commuters with transportation into and out of the city.
She said residential and com- mercial development was proposed for East Port of Spain and certain segments of that area would be transformed into ?pre- dominantly pedestrian areas?.
She added Riverside Plaza would be converted into a National Security Complex.