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USA Interior Awards $1.8M Subgrant to V.I. State Historic Preservation Office

The Refinery will open in a historic St. John structure. (Image from the Oct. 11 online meeting of the STTJ Historic Preservation Committee)
The Refinery will open in a historic St. John structure. (Image from the Oct. 11, 2022 online meeting of the STTJ Historic Preservation Committee)

The Virgin Islands State Historic Preservation Office received a second round of subgrant awards for qualified and approved 2017 hurricanes Irma and Maria damaged National Register Historic Sites and contributing properties in the territory.

Funding for this historic reimbursement grant program was funded through the United States Department of the Interior National Park Service’s Emergency Supplemental Historic Preservation Fund. The second-round subgrant recipients are listed below.

  1. Queen Street, 49A 49B and 50, (Apothecary Hall), Frederiksted  $200,000.
  2. King Street 58B,  Frederiksted                      $26,000.
  3. Estate LaGrange 242, Frederiksted $199,642.68
  4. King Street 3,  Frederiksted                             $15,000.
  5. Hospital Street 1, Christiansted                  $200,000.
  6. Strand Street 25-26,  Christiansted              $197,060.
  7. Queen Street, 20AB,  Christiansted              $133,488.
  8. Norre Gade 14,  Charlotte Amalie               $169,160.
  9. General Gade 5, Charlotte Amalie               $169,240.
  10. Kongens Gade 3B, Charlotte Amalie             $57,700
  11. Bjerge Gade 2A, Charlotte Amalie                  $11,971.07
  12. Silke Gade 1BBA, Charlotte Amalie $127,000.
  13. Bjerge Gade 12A,  Charlotte Amalie   $96,550.
  14. Norre Gade 13B, Charlotte Amalie               $150,020.
  15. STT Hebrew Congregation/Synagogue, Charlotte Amalie    $89,650.

“These historic recovery projects represent just under $2 million invested in USVI historic towns to preserve and restore their architectural heritage.  Department of Planning and Natural Resources extends special thanks to the Office of Disaster Recovery (ODR) and the Virgin Islands Public Finance Authority (PFA) for partnering with the VISHPO-Disaster Recovery Program,” said DPNR Commissioner Jean-Pierre L. Oriol.

ODR and PFA provided the gap financing advances for some projects to begin, and/or complete their 2017 hurricanes Irma and Maria recovery repairs. “Without this partnership, subgrantees would not have been able to begin, as the Historic Building Recovery Program is a Reimbursement Grant; and many individuals do not have the upfront funding to hire contractors,” said Kim Blackett, program manager.

Special thanks and appreciation are also extended to the Department of Property and Procurement Vendor Management Division for the support provided to DPNR/VISHPO Historic Recovery Program’s Subgrantees with SAM registrations.

“DPNR remains committed to working with the community, non-profit organizations, and agencies to restore and preserve our historic towns, sites, and cultural resources,” said Oriol.

The third and final round of grant recipients will be announced in the coming weeks.

(340) 773-1082 ext. 2221

Website: www.dpnr.vi.gov

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VIDPNR

YouTube: VI Department of Planning and Natural Resources – YouTube

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