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FYI: White Pleased by Recent Court Ruling on Housing

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Feb. 7, 2008 – Senator Celestino A. White, Sr. was very pleased to learn of the recent court ruling by Chief Judge Curtis V. Gomez in favor of Reliance Housing Foundation to construct affordable housing at Calabash Boom, St. John. Calash Boom, which will consist of twenty-four affordable townhouses and 48 affordable apartments, is being developed by Reliance Housing Foundation in cooperation with the Virgin Islands Housing Finance Authority (VIHFA), according to Senator White.
On February 1, 2008, Judge Gomez denied the application for injunctive relief filed by the "Friends of Coral Bay", dismissed the case and ordered the Clerk of the Court to close the case. The judge ruled that the "Friends of Coral Bay" failed to prove standing to sustain its action. Judge Gomez further indicated that "it seems to the Court that the plaintiffs, "The Friends of Coral Bay", in this case were not appreciative of the serious nature of the injunctive relief. Notwithstanding the nature of the relief sought, the court was met with a lack of enthusiasm from the plaintiffs according to the Judge Order, stated Senator White.
The developer of Calash Boom, Reliance Housing Foundation, has a proven track record of constructing affordable housing communities both on St. Thomas and St. John with the construction of Lovenlund Apartments Phase I & II, consisting of 199 rental units high on the hills at Magens Bay, St. Thomas and Bellevue, consisting of 72 units, on Gift Hill Rd., St. John. "I have been assured by the developer and under the watchful eye of VIHFA, every effort will be made to minimize the negative impact to the environment from this development," continued Senator White.
"I am now calling on the "Friends of Coral Bay" to discontinue all actions that would further delay this urgently needed development and work cohesively with the developer and VIHFA to ensure the preservation of our environment while making the dream of affordable housing on St. John a reality," concluded Senator White.

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