Oct. 22, 2003 – Sen. Celestino A. White Sr. says he has been assured by the federal receiver for the V.I. Housing Authority that VIHA remains committed to constructing 176 housing units mid-island on St. Thomas to replace the Warren E. Brown Homes structures that were razed in the aftermath of Hurricane Marilyn.
White said in a release on Wednesday that Donna Ayala, the federal Housing and Urban Development receiver for VIHA, assured him in a recent meeting that the Housing Authority intends to proceed with plans to construct the Hoffman-Nullyberg housing complex.
The project, to be located off the Weymouth-Rhymer Highway, is to provide one-to-one replacements for the Warren E. Brown units, which once stood on the eastern side of Bluebeard's Hill overlooking Long Bay and Lovers Lane, White said.
According to White, the Housing Finance Authority has set aside more than $3.1 million for the Hoffman-Nullyberg project, and at least 10 percent of the development cost is to be invested by Dec. 15 of this year.
"I believe this development will help to alleviate our severe housing shortage while improving the quality of life for residents in this district," White said. For that reason, he said, he has intervened in efforts to assure that the project proceeds.
He said he has written to Clifford Graham, HFA executive director, asking that Graham provide Ayala "a full report of the tax credit reserved" for the Hoffman-Nullyberg complex, along with "all consideration and the support and assistance she may require in moving this project forward."
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