The St. John Community Foundation is planning to develop a civic and cultural center on 2.5 acres of mid-island land that’s been donated by Reliance Housing Corp., the developer of affordable housing on Gifft Hill. "This is the most exciting thing that’s ever happened to us," organization President Lonnie Willis told the St. John Source. This kind of facility could be used by local organizations and individuals for events and meetings which have opted to rent or pursue donations of space at the Westin Resort, local restaurants and other venues. Carole DeSenne, the Foundation’s director, said she expects the center could also host family celebrations, weddings, and graduation parties.
Now comes the hard part, Desenne conceded, raising the money. Willis said the project will be undertaken in phases and, as yet, there is no timetable.