Amaterra says environmental approvals in place for first 1,200 rooms

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AMATERRA Jamaica Limited and the Amaterra Group, conceptualisers of the planned 8,000-room integrated resort township development in Trelawny, say that there are no environmental approval issues for the first 1,200 rooms of the huge project which is about to start construction.

According to Amaterra, any concerns about the environmental approval for the township — acknowledged as the largest integrated township development to be pursued in Jamaica — may have been triggered by a wrong interpretation of the announcement of its plans to eventually build a total of 8,000 hotel rooms along its shoreline.

“The project envisions building 8,000 rooms along its approximately five-kilometre shoreline in several different hotel experiences, and not a single 8,000-room hotel as has been stated elsewhere,” the group said last weekend.

“Further, the 800-room hotel, which had its groundbreaking on April 12, is in receipt of all permits, including National Environmental Planning Agency (NEPA) and approved by the Trelawny Municipal Corporation in April 2018,” Amaterra said. It added that the first 800-room hotel, for which ground was broken by Prime Minister Andrew Holness in Trelawny recently, will be followed by an additional 400-room hotel, bringing the two initial projects to a total of 1,200 rooms, all of which have been approved by NEPA, as well as the Trelawny Municipal Corporation since February this year.

“The group confirms that they are in possession of all the requisite environmental approvals from NEPA, and from the Trelawny Municipal Corporation for the entire development. These include environmental, beach development, subdivision, and golf course permits, all of which are valid until 2020. Any proposed amendments will be applied as required and in a timely manner,” the developers said.

“Our objective is to create a model-integrated and sustainable township development for Jamaica and the wider Caribbean and, as such, environmental conditions are paramount,” stated Amaterra Group chairman Keith Russell.

“One of the most important factors when designing this development is its ability to be sustainable,” Russell added.

The Amaterra Group will be developing its flagship project, Amaterra Resort, in Trelawny on an impressive 1,000 acres of beachfront property, spanning five kilometres of white sand beach.

When completed, the vision is to create a model integrated resort township development for tourists and locals, spanning all sectors, including: hospitality, business process outsourcing, manufacturing, entertainment, attractions, housing, and villas.

The township will also include a 150-acre commercial area with a pedestrian town centre inclusive of high-end shopping, warehousing and institutes of learning.

— Balford Henry

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