The fire-ravaged Musgrave Market in Portland is to be rebuilt with fire safety features, to aid in preventing a reoccurrence of the May 28 event that displaced several vendors and their businesses.

Local Government and Community Development Minister, Desmond McKenzie, said that the Jamaica Fire Brigade will ensure that the fire safety features that they insist on in private and other buildings, now become a part of the new Musgrave market.

The Minister said that there is now an opportunity to make a new start while assuring that the vendors will have a seat at the table when decisions are being made about the market.

He told the vendors, some of whom were present at the tour on Friday, to nominate two or three persons who will sit with the Ministry and the Municipality to discuss how we proceed with the market.

Mr McKenzie reiterated that the Ministry had already provided some $10 million to carry out cleaning up exercise at the facility, and pointed out that when the market is rebuilt, new measures will be in place for the vendors, particularly where getting electricity is concerned.

As such, he said that in the renovation exercise, persons who operate little shops that want electricity, will have to apply to JPS for light within the market.

In the meantime, Mr. McKenzie said the Municipal Corporation has made temporary arrangements for vending to take place in the parish capital.