Downtown Revitalization, Inc. (DRI) along with its community partners: The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (CFVI), the VI Department of Planning and Natural Resources and the VI Public Works Department have been working for the last year gathering information from Virgin Islands stakeholders about what residents expect will help revitalize Charlotte Amalie. CFVI’s involvement has been supported by funds from the Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust.
As part of the effort to help people visualize the changes and improvements they want incorporated into the project and adhere to modern building requirements, CFVI contracted the design team of Dover Kohl & Partners who are experts intown planning.
The design team was instructed to design a pilot project that would test and demonstrate a new concept known as “Form-Based Code” (FBC) in Charlotte Amalie. According to the document produced by the team, Form Based Code concept is “intended to encourage, preserve, and restore high-quality public spaces, with a primary emphasis on the physical form of the build environment. Form-based codes prescribe key physical details that define a community’s character.”
Clearly the group is working to keep the best parts of Charlotte Amalie’s downtown area prominent for future generations with the goal of using FBC as a springboard for the renovation of other historic VI communities.
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