Hello everyone and happy Tuesday!
For those of you who have been lucky enough to be on St. John lately, you may have noticed that there is a lot of work happening over at the Lumberyard complex in Cruz Bay.
Demolition work has been happening in the area for a few weeks now. As of Monday, the back building that housed the VI Lottery among other businesses has been torn down. The yellow building beside that which housed Estella’s Restaurant, Pilates Worx and others has been removed as well. It appears that work will begin soon on the turquoise building that housed St. John Ice, Jake’s and others. The front building where Driftwood Dave’s, Barefoot Cowboy, Rock Fitness, Kekoa’s offices, etc. is also being prepared to be removed.
Because the complex was deemed a total loss, all of the businesses – with the exception of St. John Ice & Water – received eviction notices after the storms. St. John Ice was allowed to operate until earlier this month. Because that building is set to be torn down, it too had to close up shop. Alan Johnson, owner of St. John Ice, has been looking for a new location for his business. St. John Ice is hugely important to this island, so we hope Alan finds a new location soon.
We reached out to Legacy Development several times and asked about the future of the complex. We have yet to hear back. Legacy Development also owns the Pond Bay development over in Chocolate Hole.
As soon as we know more, we will let you all know. In the meantime, have a fantastic Tuesday everyone!!