Yarborough to get a facelift Print E-mail
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Thursday, 11 February 2016 00:00

The Community of Yarborough in Belize City was once a major part of the City’s landscape in it’s history, but in the present day, it has become somewhat forgotten and neglected. Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley, and this serving City Council local government wants to revitalize it, and make it relevant once again.

They’ve turned to the experts at the American Planning Association, a non-profit organization which works to develop communities in the United States. The delegation of American technicians arrived in Belize on Tuesday, February 9, and immediately as they landed, they held a press briefing to introduce themselves to the Belizean public, and more importantly, the resident of Yarborough.

Mayor Bradley and the consultants have a general idea to revive this community by preserving and highlighting it’s cultural and historical aspects. The Yarborough Cemetery has always been a part of the landmark, and so, the proposed development to feature it prominently, will have to factor in that specific landmark. The lead consultant on this trip is Justin Moore, a member of the New York Department of City Planning. The hope is that he and the consultants will be able to bring some elements of success to the drawing board at this time, elements which has made a world-renown city like New York to become the powerful municipality it is today. |

Those consultants have made it clear that for the Yarborough revitalization project to be successful, it has to be organic and based in the community. The residents of this area have to become major stakeholders who contribute greatly to the transformation. That’s why the team, while surveying the area to get a lay of the land, will be consulting with the residents who allow them to go into their homes. There is also a public meeting scheduled at the Battlefield Park on Thursday, February 11, at 6 p.m. All are invited to attend to hear the presentations, and to share their ideas. The City Council is hoping that the residents of Yarborough will come out and participate.