Rendezvous condo project draws anger

Vocal opponents are protesting plans for a proposed 10-building, 44-unit condominium project on 5.6 acres above Rendezvous Bay

Atlantic Northstar LLC, the developer, told a meeting of the Department of Planning and Natural Resources, it wants a group dwelling permit.  The land is currently approved for construction of 38 units.  The company said a condo complex would be less damaging to the environment.

Locals and off-islanders have received e-mails from Gretchen Labrenz of Cruz Bay Realty soliciting letters of complaint and objection to the project be faxed to Ms. Marjorie Emanuel at DPNR.  And an "emergency meeting" was organized by Nanci Shekleton, urging Fish Bay, Rendezvous and Gifft Hill residents to organize and consider hiring an attorney to fight the project.

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During the DPNR public hearing Charles McCallion, a partner in Atlantic Northstar, said, "We are not here to damage your island; we are not here to create problems – we are here as businessmen to develop what we have acquired legally." St. John attorney Brion Morissette reportedly replied, "This will not benefit the community.  It will only serve to maximize the off-island developer’s profits."

Labrenz said she is encouraging people in opposition to the Northstar plan to fax letters to Marjorie Emanuel at the Department of Planning and Natural Resources, office at the Cyril King Airport Terminal on St. Thomas (340) 714-9534.  The deadline for the public to comment is July 8.

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