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CHINEY HOTEL IN KINGSTON

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Chinese Kingston Hotel targets 2014 opening
BY SHAMILLE SCOTT Business reporter [email protected]
Wednesday, April 03, 2013

THE Chinese developer of a hotel behind Devon House hopes to start building in May.
ZDA Construction Limited’s three-storey business boutique hotel will have about 46 rooms, according to its Deputy General Manager, Gary Zhong.
An artist’s impression of the Shanghai Business Hotel, to be located near Devon House in Kingston.
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“If all goes well, it shouldn’t take more than 10 months to be completed,” he said.
The Bank of China gave funding for the construction, and the hotel will cost US$7 million ($685.6 million), Zhong said.
Already, the company has been granted planning permission and environmental permit with stipulated conditions by the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA).
The initial plan was to have a 56-bedroom hotel with a multi-purpose games room, an open-air party space on the roof, along with a gym, a meeting room, a pool and a restaurant.
But, the plans have since been modified to include a restaurant, a meeting room and a pool, according to Zhong.
“We took off the fitness club and there will be no roof entertainment,” he said.
When the proposal to build the hotel was made last year, the resident of the Canterbury Manor Citizens Association objected to some aspects the development.
Residents complained that the hotel is out of character, as most adjoining buildings along Kingsway do not exceed two floors, and that it could restrict light and airflow, according to the citizen’s association.
Buildings on Kingsway are primarily residential and a hotel with large-scale business entertainment and recreational activities would be out of place, it said last year.
Even with an amendment, the residents have still raised some concerns.
“The proposed redesign still does not address our overriding concern that the development will adversely impact the residential orientation of Kingsway and is consistent with the multi-family housing developments typical of the area,” the association said.
But NEPA’s chief executive officer and government town planner, Peter Knight said quite a bit of work has been done with the investors on the plans.
“They (ZDA) have redesigned it and have taken the plans to us many times,” Knight said. “We can’t keep going back and forth, the decision has been made by the board.”
ZDA’s lawyer, George Duncan, said the principal will do what is required by the authorities and the company will follow through with
the plans.
He said the character of the area has changed with time and a three-storey boutique business hotel shouldn’t be an issue.
“The area was for single family homes, but has changed to multi-family homes, and some businesses are nearby,” he said. “Foreign direct investment would be brought to the country, value will be added to the land, and it will improve the aesthetics of area, because the area currently has an empty lot.”
ZDA constructed the Basic Medical Science Complex of the University of West Indies, Mona Campus and according to Zhong, the company has its eyes set on building some low-income houses in the future.

Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/business/Chinese-Kingston-Hotel-targets-2014-opening_13991690#ixzz2PSVOzoBv

8 Responses to CHINEY HOTEL IN KINGSTON

  • ... says:

    I wonder how much Jamaica gonna actually get from this

  • Tawkchuet says:

    Dotty not Jamaica no how di politrickians ago get is more like it

  • Observer says:

    I hope it brings about more jobs for our people.

  • eyecandy says:

    foreign investments rarely produces long term meaningful jobs for the common Jamaicans. Socalled foreign investors only migrate here and occupy the best of Jamaica’s residential areas,houses schools etc..while turning us into second class citizens. Onlyones who truly benefit are the politicians who think of themselves and not whats best for the country and its citizens.
    God go with us!

  • milikeit says:

    I hope so too .

  • Toni Ann says:

    NightMet, Night Metters.

    SO, any non-black smaddi can guh a Jamaica an mek it big while people weh born and grow a jamaica affi a walk wid tings ina dem hand a sell an a play hide an seek wid police? Now mi undastan more and more why most of my family and friends refuse to go back there, guessed i have no choice but to do the same.
    I dont think i need to be second class to no other races in my own damn country.
    How much of that money and employment will be benefiting Jamaica? let me guess, none! because it will be going to china…….. I swear I cannot bother anymore.

  • ... says:

    I ask because when these foreign investors come they bring their own labor force with them…further more, this is just the politicians again whoring out the country piece by piece. Jamaicans soon become a republic of china, the middle east or usa… It sound bad but dem shoulda still be under the queen… couldn’t be that bad.

  • PhantomPhoenix says:

    We need to restrict foreignors from purchasing land in Jamaica.

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