Tuesday 21 August, 2018

Castries Market: Mayor Francis praises new design for redevelopment

Castries Mayor Peterson Francis is “ecstatic” with the new design for the Castries Market Project, a press release from his office says.

Components of the redesign, which is now at an advanced stage, include a food court, high-end air conditioned restaurants, craft market, box park, viewing tower, entertainment area, meat and fish depots and duty-free shopping boutiques.

Mayor Francis said the intention was to achieve a public space which appealed to visitors, citizens and vendors.

“It will do so by integrating the history, culture and architecture,” he said. “The redesign of the Castries Market forms part of the wider revitalisation 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 in the summer. All stakeholders will be engaged and can expect the designs to be made public in the coming weeks along with an active consultative and awareness campaign, the press release said.

Plans to refurbish the market, which is more than 100 years old, were announced last year by Prime Minister Allen Chastanet.

Castries Market is the largest open-air market in the country with hundreds of regular vendors.

Last month, Minister Responsible for Tourism, Information and Broadcasting Dominic Fedee appealed to vendors at a workshop aimed at boosting skills and techniques to improve visitor spending.

“Let us present the market as an experience, a destination, a place to taste and soak up the best of Saint Lucia,” he said.

The redevelopment is aimed at ensuring more St Lucian products are sold, as well as upgrading the quality and diversity of products and the way they are displayed so that Castries Market provides a unique experience for visitors, the press release from Mayor Francis’ office said.