The Mico University College, the oldest teacher training institution in the Western Hemisphere will have a new entrance by April this year. Ground was broken last week for the construction of the new entrance to the institution funded by the CHASE Fund. The Mico University College is a heritage site with the main iconic Buxton Building recognized as a National Landmark of fine Georgian colonial architecture.
One of the benefits of the redesigned entrance will be a reduction of traffic congestion along the Marescaux Road corridor and is expected to reduce major disruptions to the flow of traffic especially during peak hours.
CHASE’s contribution of $12 million to the development of the new entrance supports the preservation of the character of the original building which was built in the 1890s and is protected by the Jamaica National Heritage Trust. The initiative falls under the Fund’s Arts and Culture mandate.
Participating in the recent ground-breaking are (l-r) Professor Neville Ying, Chairman of Mico Unversity College; Paulette Mitchell, CHASE Fund Project Manager; Dr. Ashburn Pinnock, President of the University; Sylvester Tulluch, Mico Foundation Chairman; and Laban Roomes, Secretary of the Mico Foundation.