Senate considers bill rezoning GERS property


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At a meeting of the Committee of the Whole on Tuesday night on St. Thomas, senators discussed a number of zoning requests and a bill related to a zoning request that the governor had vetoed after it was passed by the 29th Legislature.

Senate President Shawn-Michael Malone said he put Bill No. 30-0173, proposed by Sen. Clifford Graham, on the agenda in advance of Thursday's legislative session.

"It's a rezoning that was heard in the 29th Legislature regarding the property for GERS," Malone said in a statement issued Wednesday. "It was vetoed by the governor for some technical reasons and it was never re-heard. This bill is an amendment to that rezoning that we thought should be heard or at least discussed by the DPNR to get the testimony on the record so that we can consider this in session on Thursday. We want to have these projects move forward."

During the committee meeting, Stuart Smith, director of the Department of Planning and Natural Resources' Division of Comprehensive and Coastal Zone Planning, reported on each zoning request and gave information about intended usage, analyses and recommendations.

Among the proposals the committee considered was a zoning change request by VI Finest Foods, LLC, asking for an amendment on Parcel No. 68 D Estate Lindberg Bay, St. Thomas to change it from P (Public) to B-2 (Business-Secondary/Neighborhood) for the construction of a supermarket on the western end of St. Thomas.

Senators said that once they received additional documents they likely would vote favorably on the measure during Thursday's session.

Other zonings on the agenda included:

- An amendment request by Jean Annie Persad and Bhagwandeen Persad to change Parcel No. 405, Estate Hospital Ground, No. 9 New Quarter, St. Thomas, from R-2 (Residential-Low Density, one- and two-family) to B-2 (Business-Secondary/Neighborhood) to finish construction and convert the structure into a guest house with retail space on the third floor.

- An amendment request by Thomas John Baptiste and Alphonsus Madir to change Parcel No. 23-B-1, estate Mandahl, Great Northside Quarter, St. Thomas, from R-1 (Residential-Low Density) to R-2 (Residential-Low Density, one- and two-family) to subdivide the property into two ΒΌ-acre lots so that ownership can be divided between two property owners

Senators present included Craig Barshinger, Judi Buckley, Donald Cole, Clifford Graham, Myron Jackson, Malone, Janette Millin Young, Nereida Rivera-O'Reilly, Clarence Payne III and Tregenza Roach.

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