Lind Point Site Selection and Construction Plan for the Replacement of Park Offices and Housing
In September 2017, two Category 5 hurricanes, Irma and
Maria, devastated much of St. Thomas and St. John Islands,
including Virgin Islands National Park. The storms caused
extensive damage to park facilities and resources including
the destruction and severe damage to six staff housing
units and four buildings that comprised the park's resource
management offices. A modular building used to house park
museum collections was damaged, and the Cinnamon Bay
archeology lab was destroyed. In total, approximately 7,000
square feet of housing and 6,000 square feet of administrative
space were damaged beyond repair.
The loss of housing, office, and administrative space has
resulted in staff relocations off of the island, and hampers
both the ability of the park staff to manage hurricane recovery
efforts and the day-to-day business of the park. Within this
draft plan, the National Park Service is proposing to replace the
housing and administrative spaces that were destroyed due
to Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The planning team considered
many options for the replacement housing, with a goal of
rebuilding in a smart location that limits the impacts to park
resources, represents smart investment of financial resources,
is as resilient to future storms as possible, and limits impacts
to the local community.
Your views are important to us and we sought your input as we
prepared and reviewed the draft Environmental Assessment for Lind Point Site
Selection and Construction Plan. I appreciate your interest in
Virgin Islands National Park and look forward to hearing your
thoughts about our rebuilding plans.
The Environmental Assessment was available for review
beginning July 17th and comments were accepted through July 31st.
The National Park Service has published a Finding of no Significant Impact (FONSI) which articulates our final decision for moving forward with constructing housing and offices at Lind Point. The FONSI is available for viewing on this page.
Randy Lavasseur, Superintendent