By NATARIO McKENZIE
Tribune Business Reporter
EXECUTIVES of the Downtown Nassau Partnership (DNP) yesterday said the Pompey Square project was on target for an end-May completion, telling Tribune Business it had “certainly raised the bar” on how public/private sector partnerships can be successful.
Gevon Moss, the DNP’s project manager, in response to questions by Tribune Business, confirmed the project was only a “few weeks from being completed”.
“The project has certainly raised the bar on how public/private sector partnerships can be successful,” said Mr Moss. He added that over $2 million had been invested into the venture to-date.
“The site of Pompey Square was where the temporary Straw Market tent was located. It has now been replaced by a great National Square, with bathroom facilities, seating, water feature, band stand, and landscaping that make it a perfect backdrop for activities,” Mr Moss said.
“It will be an open space for residents and visitors to enjoy, with programming organised by the DNP for cultural and social activities. Aside from the square serving as venue for cultural and social events that residents and visitors can enjoy, it will serve as the catalyst for the overall revitalisation of downtown Nassau.
“Essentially, it is the entrance into the city proper and is expected to be the first of many improvements that will migrate east along Bay Street and Woodes Rogers Walk.” I
n December 2011, fire destroyed a portion of the northern side of Bay Street, ripping through the temporary Straw Market, the Pompey Museum and the Old Nassau liquor store building. It was the second Bay Street fire for 2011.