Luxury Condos Dominate Cruz Bay Landscape

Construction continues at the Sirenusa development site, overlooking Cruz Bay and Enighed. St. John Tradewinds News Photo by Eliza Magro.


Sirenusa continues to dominate the landscape above Cruz Bay as work advances on the planned 47 luxury condominium units at the five-acre Estate Enighed site including the recent re-erection of the steel beams the developer had removed from buildings in the project which exceeded the zoning for the property.

Owned by Enighed Condo-miniums LLC, the project stirred controversy when it was first proposed by St. Thomas-based architect William Karr a year and a half ago.

The St. John Coastal Zone Management Committee originally approved a group dwelling permit for the project which allowed for 40 units in 28 two-story structures. Citing bad topography maps and surveys, project architect Karr re-designed the site, reducing the approved 28 buildings to 15 and raising the building heights.

The V.I. Department of Planning and Natural Resources halted construction on buildings which exceeded the site’s zoning restrictions before members of the 27th Legislature voted in April to approve a zoning variance at the site allowing owners to construct an additional seven units.

Governor John deJongh vetoed that motion in early May 2007. V.I. Senators voted to override the governor’s veto at the end of May.