Daryl Vaz, Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, has urged the developers of the Morant Bay Urban Centre in St. Thomas not to wait for all the approvals and preliminary processes to be completed before getting the site ready for construction.
The project is expected to take two years to complete at a cost of $5 billion.
At a ground breaking ceremony on Wednesday, Mr. Vaz said it is important that no time is lost in completing the project.
"My charge to the chairman of the board is while you are doing those two things before you get to the stage of construction is that we need to see something happening out here. So let us not wait on that to happen to start hoarding the place and putting up your site office and getting prepared so that the day you have completed these, you will be able to go straight into construction and save some time," he urged.
Earlier, Lyttleton Shirley, Chairman of the Factories Corporation of Jamaica, outlined it could take five months to complete the preliminary activities, including securing environmental approvals.
The development, spearheaded by the Factories Corporation of Jamaica, is being constructed on the site of the old Goodyear factory.
It is expected that 3,000 jobs will be created.
The Morant Bay Urban Centre has been earmarked to house the St. Thomas Municipal Corporation, the parish court, Tax Administration, an office of the Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA), a branch of the National Insurance Fund (NIF), as well as private businesses.