Overview Participants Design Construction Tourism Investment Media
Path of Charm
Heritage Trail
Historical Architecture
Excursions
Hotels
Airlines / Flights
Cruise Ships


To provide recommendations for better infrastructure to service the town, the designers sought assistance from residents and local officials to inventory the existing conditions of the town. They summarized the land usage for each parcel of land within the 7 by 7 block area of downtown. In addition to land usage, the historically significant buildings or ruins as well as historic hand dug wells and other culturally significant sites were located, as shown in the existing town center. This provides an historically and culturally significant base map as well as an understanding of how the town resources are currently being utilized, thus providing a greater understanding of the relationships between the natural and man-made elements of the town.

This working drawing highlights the areas of town that are principally and clearly focused on providing either Main Street shopping with mixed-use services and 2nd floor housing, principal neighborhood with support services, health services, and government services. There are six full blocks that serve as the core downtown shopping area with 20 blocks of neighborhood. Decisions for future town improvements should ensure that the neighborhood character is reinforced and protected, and that all individual improvement projects are appropriate to either the neighborhood or main street zones.

This map indicates areas of town where the urban character needs enhancement beyond simple public street and open space improvements. These locations are in need of new investment focused on infill construction and renovations. Each area shows the specific location and type of urban revitalization opportunities that exist. All of the noted improvements would be complementary to the other elements of the plan that were developed during the charrette.

Government Center/Market Square

  • Enhance Market Square area
  • Create Vendor/Café areas
  • Utilize vegetation to screen non-historical
    buildings and create town edge
Main Street Are

  • Remove structures blocking arcade
  • Improve and utilize courtyards
  • Add vegetation to courtyards
  • Fill vacant lots
Health Area

  • Relocate parking behind clinic
  • Continue streetscape of Strand Street
East Neighborhood Area

  • Renovate historical areas
  • Improve maintenance of cemetery
  • Improve and/or fill vacant lots
Southern Town Area

The existing main entrance on the south side of town does not currently provide any indication that the visitor is entering an historic area. To address this area, improvements such as the following could be performed
:
  • Move parking behind buildings
  • Tree-lined avenue into town
  • Add landscaping to entrance area
  • Historical signage

The Fisherman’s Pier at the southern edge of Frederiksted is an exciting opportunity to create a unique experience that both locals and visitors could utilize. This area can be connected to the town by improved sidewalks down Strand Street and a boardwalk that connects Veterans Park to the pier. The boardwalk will be seaward of the private properties between the two areas. Opportunities for improvement include:

  • Enhance market and pier
  • Repave street with historic cobbles/bricks
  • Seafood restaurant
  • Trees along street
  • Provide restrooms
  • Make area pedestrian friendly
  • Historic style housing along south side of street

Based upon the above analysis, an optimum walking tour route was developed that would expose visitors to the full range and depth of the cultural and historical resources of the town. This path would be anchored at the cruise ship dock and Customs House, includes Veterans Park, the memorial site, and the greatest exposure to historic and authentic Frederiksted architecture and church grounds. This walking tour route should be marketed through tourist development media, in addition, the physical conditions and design elements along its route should be improved to a level that is secure and aesthetically acceptable to the tourist population. All future town improvement projects should be designed to ensure that the "Path of Charm" is well defined and completed before other areas of the town are improved.