A year and a half after its official opening, the Enighed Pond Marine Facility may finally get a permanent guard house and paved cargo hold area.
A request for bids for construction of a guard house and cargo hold area will be put out soon, according to V.I. Port Authority spokesperson Marc Stridiron.
The guard house and paving project were recently joined, and plans are being changed to reflect the portion of the VIPA-owned property near the water treatment plant that will be turned over to the Waste Management Authority.
“We’re in the final phases of adjusting the plans to reflect the portion of land which is being turned over to the Waste Management Authority for the future needs of their facility,” said Stridiron. “They’re adjusting the plans, calculating the square footage and then it will be put out to bid for both the paving and the construction of the guard house. Once it goes out to bid, we’ll have a better idea of a timeline for the project.”
VIPA announced in May that a portion of the Enighed Pond Marine Facility, estimated to be between a half acre and three quarters of an acre, will be turned over to the Waste Management Authority to expand its current wastewater treatment plant. At that time, the guard house project was put on hold due to a lack of funding.
The northeast section of the Enighed Pond property, behind the wastewater treatment plant and in front of The Marketplace on the South Shore Road, will be paved at a cost of approximately $1 million to accommodate the storage of trailers. VIPA will charge for trailer storage to offset the paving costs, Stridiron previously told St. John Tradewinds.