Budget: Dominica working to transform Roseau into modern city, hub for commercial activities

The Commonwealth of Dominica is transforming Roseau into a modern city and hub for commercial activities. In the budget 2023/24, the plans for the completion of the mission have been laid out under the Urban Development Portfolio.

Budget: Dominica working to transform Roseau into modern city, hub for commercial activities
Budget: Dominica working to transform Roseau into modern city, hub for commercial activities

Roseau, Dominica: The Commonwealth of Dominica is transforming Roseau into a modern city and hub for commercial activities. In the budget 2023/24, the plans for the completion of the mission have been laid out under the Urban Development Portfolio.

Melissa Skerrit, the Minister of Housing and Urban Development, shared an update on the project. The physical planning reported 288 applications for permission to build within the last six months. Besides this, in the urban areas, a total of 30 applications were made, making requests for planning to approve new buildings.

Budget 2023/24: Roseau Enhancement Project

  • Under the project, the government of Dominica is to receive 2 million in funding from the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. 
  • It will begin with Great George Street and Virgin Lane. 
  • Roseau is becoming an entertainment destination.
  • The government has increased the use of the Stadium forecourt due to an increase in activities. Now, the regional promoters are hosting several events locally. On the Riverside Promenade, Dominica has opened new businesses.
  • A multi-purpose entertainment facility has been established in Roseau. It will work as attractions and activities that cater to a wide target audience.
  • Amenities such as a bowling alley, miniature indoor golf, dance theatre, movie theater, a restaurant, shopping, and various entertainment options will be provided in the facility.
  • The government is planning to include age-appropriate activities, such as an amusement park area or water park, in the facility.

Urban Oasis Capital Project

  • The project will upgrade the Botanic Gardens. It will be included the installation of a greenhouse and hydroponics.
  • It will also include the Paint the Town Initiative which will involve local artists, volunteers, and community members working together to repaint homes, businesses, and public spaces, transforming them into vibrant works of art.

Bayfront Upliftment and New Vendor Arcade: 

  • It will support the proposal by the Ministry of Tourism to invest in the modernization of the Bay Front.
  • It will also provide registered vendors with modern stalls and necessary facilities in an appropriate area.

Dominica Club Renovations: 

  • The government will establish recreational, sports and entertainment venue. 
  • Under the program, the government of Dominica will rehabilitate two tennis courts and create spaces for sports such as pickle ball, squash and roller skating. 
  • There will be skate to rent, music, party lights, spaces for parties and group events and kiosks for concessions. 
  • There will be development of a commercial kitchen, small Agro-processors can utilize this facility to master batch and produce in bulk for export.