The VI Senate approved a rezoning request for the Grande Bay Resort development in Cruz Bay. Word came about a day after property owners adjacent to the project filed a lawsuit in Superior Court to stop it. The action by the Senate allows developers to construct an additional 14 units and a restaurant.
At Large Senator, and St. John reisdent, Craig Barshinger, voted against the rezoning along with three Senators. Nine Senators voted for it.
Alexander Jadan, Natalie Jadan, Anastasia Trey and Elizabeth Trey own a 650-square foot cottage 35 feet uphill from the development. They argued Grande Bay plans buildings that are in violation of height requirements and which will block their views of the water, sunrises and unset, and on-shore breezes, according to a report by the Virgin Islands Daily News.
The plaintiffs also faulted Grande Bay’s developers with violating building code requirements in their excavation of their 1.25 acre, charging:The defendants’ withdrawal of the lateral support of the plaintiff’s land was done in a manner that is contrary to applicable requirements and contrary to practices of reasonable care and workmanship in the construction industry.