For the past month or so, we’ve been keeping an eye on a property located across the street from Maho Bay, on the western end of the beach where the pavilion stands. It was recently cleared and a small, somewhat dilapidated house is now visible from the roadway. Well when we drove by Maho during one of our News of St. John Tours Thursday morning, we were pretty stunned to see a for sale sign out front. Here are the details straight from its listing:
Almost beach!!! Commercially (W-1) zoned. Fronts Maho Bay Road, 50+/- feet from Maho Bay beach. Fantastic large parcel can be subdivided into substantial homesites with Maho Bay views and common access to Maho Bay Road. This stunning pice of paradise offers endless opportunities. Surrounded by VI National Park, the privacy and serenity are in place forever.(SEE DOCUMENTS FOR SKETCH OF POSSIBLE SUBDIVISION)
The parcel is just over six-and-a-half acres and is listed for $8,000,000. This map shows exactly where the parcel is:
I have to say, this doesn’t make me smile. The thought of putting a subdivision in that spot is heartbreaking. Or even worse, a commercial development, which is very possible as it is already zoned commercial. And that’s a selling point according to the listing realtor. Check out this post he recently put on his Facebook page:
And here are the plans for the proposed subdivision included with the listing. Check it out:
We can only hope that someone steps in and secures this parcel in the same way that John Stryker, a philanthropist and conservationist, saved the former Maho Bay Camps property back in 2012. Mr. Stryker also donated money earlier this year to help purchase another property that will be donated to the Virgin Islands National Park. Kudos to you, Mr. Stryker. We can’t say that enough.
We will keep you all posted on this…