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St. Croix Renaissance Park and Port St. Croix 

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St. Croix Renaissance Park and Port St. Croix

Background

St Croix SiteBRC, in partnership with Energy Answers Corporation, of Albany, New York and Myron Allick of St. Croix, established St. Croix Renaissance Group LLLP to acquire, remediate and redevelop an 1100-acre industrial property on St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands ("USVI"). This multi-faceted development project will attract environmentally responsible industrial and recreational businesses to the site, creating jobs for local residents and economic prosperity for the USVI. This development effort will also help to protect many of St. Croix's natural and historic resources.

The property, which includes St. Croix Renaissance Park and Port St. Croix, is located on approximately 1,100 contiguous acres along the southern coast of St. Croix. Harvey Aluminum Corporation first developed the site in 1962 in conjunction with the USVI Government for its alumina production operations, which involved the extraction of alumina from bauxite. Since then, several other companies including Martin Marietta, Virgin Islands Alumina Corporation, and most recently Alcoa World Aluminum and Chemical Corporation have owned and operated the site. St. Croix Renaissance Group signed an exclusive contract with Alcoa in December 2001 to purchase the property and after six months of extensive due diligence, acquired the site in June 2002.

The site's numerous industrial buildings and infrastructure occupy approximately 310 acres at the center of the property. Site assets include:

  • A coal-fired powerhouse capable of generating 65 MW of electricity.
  • A desalinization facility with a daily generation capacity of two million gallons.
  • Undeveloped coastal areas.
  • Two large cooling ponds with recreational potential.
  • Large recreational area with tennis courts, a running track and pavilion.
  • Walking trails through undisturbed open space.
  • A deep water port.

The port consists of a channel that is 7,000 feet long, 300 feet wide and 36 feet deep and extends from the property's docks and working port facilities out into the Caribbean Sea. The port, which runs more than one mile inland from Ruth Key, a 37-acre man-made island, provides one of the best hurricane sheltered harbors in the Caribbean.

The property is located eight miles from the town of Christensted and ten miles from Fredericksted - St. Croix's two historic commercial centers. It is bounded on the west by the island's only landfill, a wastewater treatment plant and the airport. To the north is the only four-lane highway in the USVI and several residential communities. The Hovensa oil refinery, the largest oil refinery in the Western Hemisphere, is located to the east, and to the south is the Caribbean Sea.

Development Plan

St. Croix Renaissance Group's sustainable master plan for the site involves:

  • Full utilization of the power generating and water production facilities.
  • The creation of a "zero waste" eco-industrial park to house industrial and commercial businesses.
  • The development of vacant land for port-related value-added businesses.
  • A technology park.
  • Recreational facilities.
  • Other commercial activities.

The site is zoned I-1 Heavy Industry, which allows for the widest range of industrial activity. Several businesses have already expressed an interest in locating their operations at the site. St. Croix Renaissance Group is also exploring the potential relocation of several existing island businesses that are currently situated in non-industrial areas to this more appropriate site.

The master plan also involves further development of the property's deep water port and dock facilities. The straight sided rock channel could easily allow for the development of more than 10,000 additional feet of dock space. Some of the potential uses under consideration for Port St. Croix include a cement distribution terminal, metals processing and recycling operations, ship servicing and repairs, a bulk materials terminal for storage and distribution, a dry dock, boat and ship building, a marina, a commercial fishing port, and a cruise ship homeport.

In addition to the deep water port, St. Croix Renaissance also plans to capitalize on the site's other natural amenities, several of which provide tremendous opportunities to develop environmentally sound recreational facilities. These facilities are likely to include an 18-hole golf course and club house, a saltwater lake for sport fishing and kayaking, a two-mile "green" hiking and biking trail, an eco-discovery center that will border the site's extensive coastal systems, and improvements to the site's existing recreational facilities.

Restoration of the property's natural systems, including 7,000 linear feet of coastline, mangrove wetlands, and several historic ruins, is also integral to the proposed plan.

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Project Partners

  • Energy Answers Corporation, headed by Patrick Mahoney, is firmly committed to sustainable development, recycling and resource recovery, including the beneficial reuse of existing industrial land and infrastructure for its projects. The company has a long and successful track record of developing and implementing integrated waste management solutions with a goal of zero disposal.

  • Myron Allick is a native of St. Croix and a successful businessman in the USVI. He served as General Manager of Starfish Market on St. John for more than seven years and will play a critical role in implementing the plans proposed by St. Croix Renaissance Group for the revitalization of this property.

 

Sustainability, Eco-Industrialism and Eco-Industrial Parks

Sustainability is commonly defined as "development which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs" (1987 U.N. Commission on Environment and Development). It represents an appropriate balance between environmental, economic and societal impacts.

Eco-industrialism is an approach to industrial development which mirrors nature and displays a symbiotic relationship between the various components of the development project. Eco-industrial parks are designed to follow the principles of eco-industrialism. In practice, this works in two key ways.

  • First, businesses in an eco-industrial park make a firm commitment to minimize the impacts of their operations on the natural environment, by implementing practices to reduce or eliminate air emissions, wastewater discharge and solid waste.

  • Second, businesses in an eco-industrial park seek to "mimic" nature by utilizing wastes and outputs from neighboring businesses as feedstock for their own operations (similar to a tree using animal waste as a nutrient for growth). Examples include a brick manufacturer that uses residual red clay from alumina operations as a raw material for its bricks, and a paper mill or foundry that uses energy from a thermal conversion facility to process scrap paper or metals into usable forms.

St. Croix Renaissance Park presents an enormous opportunity to design and develop an eco-industrial park and recreational complex based on the principles of sustainability. The Park will integrate businesses that can use certain waste streams and recovered materials as feedstock for their industrial processes and can capitalize on the site's existing infrastructure, natural amenities, energy production and waste management capabilities. The tourism-related components will incorporate sustainable marine and recreational facilities, and the restoration and enhancement of natural systems and historic runs, to increase the area's appeal as a tourist destination and to enhance the quality of life for local residents.

St. Croix Renaissance Park and Port St. Croix 

 Admiral's Wharf - Stamford, Connecticut

St. Croix Site Industrial View of Site Development Plan