Caribbean Cement Company Limited has invested $8 million to develop a concrete pavement structure in the McDonald Place community in the St. Andrew West Central constituency of Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness.
The move is part of the company’s social impact programme for improving the lives of residents in certain communities across the island.
At a ceremony on July 13 to officially commission the pavement, Managing Director of Caribbean Cement Company, Yago Castro, explained that the investment is included in a $34-million spend spanning this year and last year to modernise communities in Kingston and St. Andrew.
“Works in this project included laying the pavement, the creation of gardens and the removal of derelict structures,” he noted.
As standard in these projects, some 80 people from the community were also trained in the concrete pavement process as well as in health and safety practices.
Mr. Castro expressed satisfaction at the transformation of the area, which has gone from being a dust and mud nuisance to a modern environment.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness expressed gratitude to Carib Cement on behalf of the residents for the community’s transformation and for being good corporate citizens.
“I know you have done several of these community development projects utilizing cement and how it can be used in attractive ways. I know the residents are very happy to see the attention paid to the community and will utilize this new surface to their economic benefit,” he said.