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Pompey Square to be completed within days

  • The revitalization of Pompey Square, an area of downtown Nassau once destroyed by fire is nearing completion. TORRELL GLINTON

Guardian Senior Reporter

Published: May 22, 2013

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A former eyesore on Bay Street has been transformed into a green space that will feature cultural performances.

The makeshift tent that temporarily housed the Straw Market is gone, and work on Pompey Square that leads out to the Prince George Wharf should be completed within days, according to Gevon Moss, the project manager for the Downtown Nassau Partnership (DNP).

“We see the need for our tourism product to be enhanced, but we also see the need and demand from a local point of view for new points to gather and enjoy local entertainment,” said Moss.

The square features a gazebo for performances, jet water fountains and public restrooms in a landscaped area.

Moss said the first event in the area is scheduled for June 26.

According to him the $1.8 million, 1.5 year-long project has served as a catalyst for the improvement of surrounding areas as new businesses are set to come on stream.

He said that regular maintenance schedules will ensure that the project is “built to stay”.

Moss said the DNP has plans in the pipeline for the transformation of rundown areas east of East Street.

“There’s a lot of opportunity with those vacant properties,” he said.

He added that there are plans for increased parking spaces for patrons of area shops, restaurants and bars, as well as arrangements for additional restrooms in the area.

He also noted that the downtown sidewalks are being repaved.

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