Bournefield demolition continues after brief respite
Published: August 9, 2013
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Demolition crews working for the V.I. Port Authority took down two abandoned houses at Bournefield on Thursday. The crews began the demolition Wednesday and had planned to take the houses down then, but they had to postpone the operation for a day because of rain.
The Port Authority's plan always has been to eventually demolish all the units, but the agency has faced fierce resistance from the tenants, who do not want to leave.
In 2010, tenants received eviction notices from the Port Authority, but after public outcry and pressure from legislators - including current Port Authority Executive Director Carlton Dowe, who was a senator at the time - the Port Authority backed down from the evictions.
Dowe said he does not support evicting tenants, but the Port Authority's long-range plan for the area is to relocate the residents and demolish the properties.
No demolitions other than the two houses taken down Thursday are planned for the immediate future.