- Written by Tom Oat
The Sirius Resort and Marina’s Proposed Conceptual Site Plan for their resort stretches from ballfield to the waterfront, behind Guy Benjmain School.
CORAL BAY — When a Coral Bay community meeting on a marina development plan is conducted in a church and starts with a reading of a scriptural text what can go wrong?
As scores of concerned Coral Bay residents gathered Saturday, October 18, at the Emmaus Moravian Church overlooking Coral Harbor for a public information session on developers’ long-awaited plans for the historic church’s shoreline property, church members came from an earlier meeting with the development partners in the adjoining church hall and filled most of the remaining seats in the historic church.
The Rev. Yolense Christopher, Superintendent of the Moravian Church of the V.I., welcomed the community group to “a discussion of a proposed marina here in Coral Bay – what is what and how it will benefit the community.”
“We want to hear from the presenters what is what,” Rev. Christopher told the attentive audience of residents already organizing to fight a competing marina proposal which stretches more than halfway across the harbor from the opposite shore and proposes to relocate the established mooring field in the harbor.
The proposed view from the Emmaus Moravian Church, according to the Sirius Resort and Marina report.
Informative Exchange – From Both Sides
Despite any pre-meeting apprehensions, what transpired was a two-hour, informative exchange between the developers and community members on a myriad of community issues and concerns.
The church’s development partners in the project, now known as Sirius Resort and Marina, were represented by well-known St. Thomas architect John P. Woods, who has joined the development team, long-identified as T-Rex.
“We are glad to see that you have a fervor, a passion,” Woods told the audience. The developers have proposed a project “which would work at the site and not look like its from somewhere else,” he added.
The proposed resort would include 89 one-bedroom and studio apartment units. A second phase will include an 80-slip marina.
“Right now they are configured as a resort,” Woods acknowledged. “ …they could be sold (as condominiums) in the future.”
“The most important thing is creating a sense of community,” Woods said.