- Written by Tom Oat
Cross Island Companies’ David Campbell and Clark Bottner, along with Marc Bigrigg of Cross Island Builders (left to right), have renovated Palm Plaza — inside and out.
CHOCOLATE HOLE — David Campbell and Clark Bottner purchased the Palm Plaza Shopping Center in November 2013 with the plan to modernize the dated center and attract new tenants.
After roughly one year of renovations and another six months to add a new lower level for rental storage spaces, they are proud to say, “We are open for business.”
As Cross Island Builders, a local member of the Cross Island Companies, Campbell and Bottner has been leading the rejuvenation of the building for the community retail market. And promoting Palm Plaza as conveniently located adjacent to the Westin Resort with more than eight major retail spaces and parking for all.
A 1990s commercial building, Palm Plaza has received a major refurbishment and conversion by Cross Island Builders to meet the needs of a wide-range of tenants, according to Marc Bigrigg, Project Manager, a local professional construction manager who is committed to utilizing the resources and subcontractors on St. John to complete the project.
The developers and the development partners are watching their building begin to fill up as the South Shore commercial zone matures around the expanded neighboring Westin resort and time-share development. Now, only two commercial rental units remain available in the complex, which has been joined in the small commercial neighborhood by the island’s newest gas station and supermarket
“It’s all timing,” Bottner acknowledged. “We’re expecting some more calls and commitments. I think the local market is going in the right direction.”
Bottner also noted that he is excited that Palm Plaza will finally feel like a part of the community.
The four-story Palm Plaza building has undergone a total renovation around its long-term tenants Destinations St. John villa rentals and Dr. Cool air conditioning service and appliances showroom. Island Time Watersports aka Cruz Bay Watersports, based out of the Westin, has recently made Palm Plaza its business headquarters.