Virgin Islands officials held a ceremonial groundbreaking for a multipurpose community centre on Jost Van Dyke on Saturday, although they have yet to set a date for construction to begin on the project.

Alvin Christopher (R-D2), who represents the sister island, said he anticipated the first phase of the Great Harbour building will begin soon and be completed by the end of this year. That phase will include a new senior centre and a new clinic facility to replace the island’s aging community clinic.

“We have approval,” said Edwin Adams, the project’s architect. “We have the building permit.”

A total of $826,518 has been allocated for community centres in the Second District, said Nadia James Lord, spokeswoman for the Ministry of Health and Social Development. Some of those funds will be used to pay for the first phase, she said.

The clinic will include a waiting area, a three-bed trauma area, a doctor’s office, a dentist’s office, a nurses’ station and a pharmacy, Mr. Adams said.


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