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NEW SAVAN BUILDING NEEDS MANAGEMENT GROUP

Oct. 19, 2001 – Eager to have the new Savan Multi-Purpose Building be fully used for the community's benefit, Commissioner Ira Hobson of V.I. Housing, Parks and Recreation Department is requesting proposals for management.
The new two-story building on General Gade in downtown St. Thomas opened with ceremony Aug. 27, 2001, the culmination of 20 years of efforts by the residents of the Savan area.
Hobson said it has not seen a good level of use because no groups responded to an earlier, informal request for overseeing programs and operations. We Savaneros and the Police Athletic League had earlier involvement.
An unwritten agreement is in place that programs and operations are to be managed by Savan residents, and Hobson says there are at least four Savan groups who are interested and would be eligible to provide the service.
All proposals should include name of the organization, intent of the organization, age, group targeted, and name of the person or persons affiliated with the program and service, Commissioner Ira Hobson said in a release. Specifics for management, programs, events, monitoring, and provision for safety must be outlined in the proposal.
His department will be glad to help organizations with their proposals, and he urged groups to contact assistant Housing, Parks and Recreation commissioner Stanley Smith at 774-0255.
Hobson is hoping that a group will assume responsibility for maintenance, including lights and water, as well. He said an organization assuming responsibility for both programs and maintenance would not have to pay rent; if an organization wants to do only programs, the government will have to charge rent in order to provide lights and water.
The department reserves the right to monitor all operations and events that take place at the center. "A sanitary and safe environment for youths and adults is mandatory," Hobson said.

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Oct. 19, 2001 - Eager to have the new Savan Multi-Purpose Building be fully used for the community's benefit, Commissioner Ira Hobson of V.I. Housing, Parks and Recreation Department is requesting proposals for management.
The new two-story building on General Gade in downtown St. Thomas opened with ceremony Aug. 27, 2001, the culmination of 20 years of efforts by the residents of the Savan area.
Hobson said it has not seen a good level of use because no groups responded to an earlier, informal request for overseeing programs and operations. We Savaneros and the Police Athletic League had earlier involvement.
An unwritten agreement is in place that programs and operations are to be managed by Savan residents, and Hobson says there are at least four Savan groups who are interested and would be eligible to provide the service.
All proposals should include name of the organization, intent of the organization, age, group targeted, and name of the person or persons affiliated with the program and service, Commissioner Ira Hobson said in a release. Specifics for management, programs, events, monitoring, and provision for safety must be outlined in the proposal.
His department will be glad to help organizations with their proposals, and he urged groups to contact assistant Housing, Parks and Recreation commissioner Stanley Smith at 774-0255.
Hobson is hoping that a group will assume responsibility for maintenance, including lights and water, as well. He said an organization assuming responsibility for both programs and maintenance would not have to pay rent; if an organization wants to do only programs, the government will have to charge rent in order to provide lights and water.
The department reserves the right to monitor all operations and events that take place at the center. "A sanitary and safe environment for youths and adults is mandatory," Hobson said.