(Originally published at OnePaper.com)

Official release.

FYI: A “Charrette” is from the French word for “cart”. It is believed to have originated at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, when a cart was circulated to collect paintings as artists frantically placed their final strokes. Nowadays, the charrette has come to stand for an intense period of input from various quarters at the close of a project.

U.S. Virgin Islands, September 12, 2005: Governor Charles W. Turnbull, joined by members of the St Croix/Frederiksted community, will open the second community charrette to solicit input regarding the design and construction of the second phase of the Frederiksted Economic Revitalization Project. The four-day charrette will include design sessions, planning and discussion concerning a new Paul E. Joseph Baseball Stadium, improvements to Fort Frederick Beach, the construction of new basketball and tennis courts, improvements to the Terrance Martin Softball Filed and Tot Lot, as well as infrastructure investment in the area of the Crucian Festival Village. The effort is sponsored by the Virgin Islands Public Finance Authority and Coastal Systems Development, Inc.

The opening session and reception will be held on Tuesday, September 13, 2005 at 4:00 p.m., in the Rotary West facilities in Frederiksted, east of the Paul E. Joseph Stadium.

Ira Hobson, Commissioner of the Department of Housing, Parks and Recreation, and Ken Mapp, Executive Director of the PFA, will introduce the charrette. In addition to the Governor’s remarks, opening will include remarks by Lt. Governor Vargrave A. Richards, Kevin Rames and Chris Elliott, William & Punch LLC; Claudette Lewis, Assistant Commissioner, DPNR; and Clifford Graham, HFA.

WHAT: Phase II Charrette for the Frederiksted Economic Revitalization Project

WHEN: Tuesday, September 13, 2005 at 4:00 P.M.

WHERE: Rotary West facilities in Frederiksted, east of the Paul E. Joseph Stadium.

WHY: Solicit community input and discussion on the planning, design and construction of new baseball stadium, beach improvements, and infrastructure investment.

Contact: Press office – (340) 774-0294, Lonnie Soury- (917) 519-4521