Creating a Virgin Islands Heritage Resource Centre at the H Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC) is still in the pipeline and $20,000 has been earmarked for the project.
Stakeholders raised the funds through campaigns such as an anniversary gala at the Moorings Mariner Inn last April.
President of the Lions Club Carvin Malone told BVI News on Monday (May 21) that the project was stalled because of the 2017 hurricanes.
The new centre, which is a partnership initiative between the Lions Club and HLSCC, is expected to play a vital role in the preservation and documentation of the territory’s culture.
“Since the advent of the hurricane, the buildings that we were going to refurbish and expanded were damaged substantially. So, we were not able to proceed any further,” Malone said.
According to Malone, stakeholders must now decide on another location for the much-needed centre.
“The college had some other areas of concern and damage that they are assessing, so we have to relook in terms of where exactly the centre would be and what would be the immediate request for the Virgin Islands Studies Unit [which the centre will fall under],” he added.
The Club first announced the undertaking last year. The Lions Club said the new centre would represent their most rewarding and ambitious public/private venture.
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