Governor John deJongh said he wants to kill the proposed three-story parking garage planned for land across from the old barge dock (at left), known as the Creek.
In his State of the Territory speech, deJongh emphasized he is committed to helping St. John manage its growth through planning. "To this end, I have given instructions to Counsel to see how, and how soon, we can terminate … the ill-conceived and undersized parking project at The Creek."
Hundreds of residents signed a petition against the project, which was backed by the previous Governor. Numerous “start dates” for the project were announced, plans drawn and even, according to reports, a contractor hired. The structure was to include parking on the second and third floors with either a new Post Office or local vendors on the first floor.
DeJongh went on to say,
as he had promised during campaigning on St, John, he wants a community
planner to be work alongside the St, John Island Administrator.
(The island is waiting to see who the Administrator will be. Julien Harley, the current administrator, used to complain that the previous Governor didn’t let him make any decisions. Sounds like a guy who should be considered for a second chance.)
The parking garage was the only mention of St. John in the Governor’s speech text. You can read the full text here: http://www.johndejongh2006.com/gov/issues/2007/address/remarks.htm