V.I. Housing Authority, Pennrose break ground on first apartment community in a Territory-wide public housing renewal plan

Date Published: 
January 27th, 2021

From the Virgin Islands Housing Authority's press release:

Former Tutu High Rise and Donoe residents displaced by Hurricanes Marilyn, Irma and Maria will have first option to apply for new hurricane-resistant, energy-independent residential community. 

ST. THOMAS – V.I. dignitaries led by Governor Albert Bryan, Jr. and Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett hoisted shovels on Thursday in a symbolic ground-breaking of a new apartment community – the first of three phases-- that will replace and completely reinvent the Tutu High Rise and Donoe public housing that were irreparably damaged by Hurricanes Marilyn, Irma and Maria. 

Co-developed by the Virgin Islands Housing Authority (VIHA) and Pennrose, LLC with development consultant Jackson Development Company (JDC), Estate Donoe will offer 84 spacious apartments in 14 buildings set among 10.6 landscaped acres, ideally located near schools, job centers, the public library, pharmacies, grocery shopping, banks and public transportation. 

Former residents of Tutu and Donoe will be given the first opportunity to occupy the new apartments when completed in December 2022, according to VIHA Executive Director Robert Graham. 

“Thanks to our partnerships with best-in-class co-developers such as Pennrose and JDC, and to the Virgin Islands Housing Finance Authority (VIHFA) for the CDBG-DR funds, we have a historic opportunity to provide the Territory’s low-income residents with a quality of living unprecedented in the history of public housing, even when that housing was new,” Graham said. 

Read VIHA's press release. 



Images courtesy of the Virgin Islands Housing Authority.

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