The St. John Source says not everybody is happy about plans to expand the old Voyages building to become a 25-room hotel. Read the full story here.
A hearing of the Planning and Natural Resources Department at the Guy Benjamin School brought out dozens of locals who think the developers' request to add a third floor to the building is just too much. Without a rezoning, Vahling et al could have a 16-room hotel.
The owner of the nearby Cocoloba Shopping Center said such a project wouldn't fit in, scale-wise, with the rest of businesses along the waterfront road. Genoveva Rodriquez also warned that if the Voyages project gets rezoning approval to go higher, she'll ask for the same treatment and build condos on top of her venture.
One resident asked whether the hotel would increase traffic. Karen Vahling, one of the project's owners, told the group she thought gets at the $200/night hotel would use VITRAN buses. (The Inquiring Iguana thinks she was serious.)
The VI Legislature will consider the rezoning request at a later time.