ST. THOMAS — While stakeholders behind the Main Street Revitalization Project on St. Thomas assured lawmakers Tuesday of a November reopening, the row of depleted and now-departed businesses on the historic thoroughfare reveal a bitter price.

“There has been a drastic reduction in the number of businesses on the western end of Charlotte Amalie, particularly between Guttets Gade on the west and Raadets Gade on the east,” said Sebastiano Paiewonsky Cassinelli, president of the St. Thomas-St. John Chamber of Commerce. “It has been estimated to be almost a 65% reduction.”

— Contact A.J. Rao at 340-714-9104 or email