Deputy City Mayor Sherod Duncan says there is still a lot of work to be completed at the Kitty Market, which will not be done before next year.
Since reconstruction of the market began in mid-February, at an initial estimated cost of $240 million, several deadlines identified by the city administration for completion have been missed.
More recently, the municipality was aiming to reopen the market for the Christmas season but it once again would not be able to do so.
Duncan, in an interview with Stabroek News, said on Monday he visited the market to assess the works that are currently ongoing. “There is a lot of work still to be completed; too much to be completed before 2017,” he said.
The Kitty Market had long been in a dilapidated state and in 2013 the Guyana Fire Service listed it among the derelict buildings in the city that were fire hazards.
The upper flat of the market has been remodelled to accommodate a rates office and a municipal clinic. The city administration is also planning to decentralize other services to serve constituents in that area.
The bottom flat of the market will be air-conditioned and house a meat and fish section.
Town Clerk Royston King had said that the remodelled market is intended to compete with supermarkets.