Pan museum, ’21st-century housing’ planned for East Port of Spain

TT – A new panyard for Desperadoes and a pan museum, along with an industrial complex, a commercial plaza, and housing developments “in keeping with the 21st century” are among grand plans announced by the Housing Development Corporation for East Port of Spain.

Piccadilly and Besson Streets could also see a “new and trending practice” in community gardens, or an agricultural hub being included in the first phase of a wider, more ambitious plan to revitalise the entire capital.

MP for Port of Spain South Keith Scotland, speaking at a semi-virtual public discussion on the plan, on Monday, described Piccadilly and Besson Streets as “two acres of prime land,” which deserved and will benefit from “prime development.”

Scotland urged residents to embrace the project, conceptualised by the Office of the Prime Minister in 2017 and approved by Cabinet two years later.

Acting urban planning senior manager Nigel Barrow outlined the initial plans for Piccadilly and Besson Streets and invited questions from the public.

He began by outlining the boundaries for initial redevelopment, starting from north of Laventille Road, though Piccadilly Street to St Paul Street Sporting Complex, near South Quay where there are existing residential complexes. It also covers just past the new Besson Street Police Station.

Barrow said, “Specifically, (with) the Piccadilly Street regeneration project, we would have identified an area that is the least densely populated so that we can redevelop this area with minimal to no displacement of residents.”

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