Company buys part of road to expand business
Plans are under way for the closure of a section of John's Lane in the vicinity of the P.A. Benjamin manufacturing and processing plant to facilitate expansion of its operations.
Town Clerk Robert Hill confirmed that P.A. Benjamin bought the property for $5 million.
"The land across from John's Lane which opens on to Duke Street is actually theirs. So what they are doing is building over both areas. So all the public notices and the requisite initiatives and legal processes and the requisite initiatives have been completed and building approval has also been granted," Hill said.
Hill said that the resolution was passed years ago to discontinue the road and then requested notices were given in the papers for the discontinuation of the road.
The food flavours and pharmaceuticals manufacturer announced the roll-out of a $550-million upgrade to boost production capacity in a bid to grab a bigger stake in the export market.
Chairman and Chief Executive Errol Powell had previously said that the vacant lot at 90 Duke Street would be incorporated into the company's new structure, increasing the footprint of the factory operations to more than 52,000 square feet.