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Old Posted Dec 30, 2017, 2:13 PM
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Heard a rumour that Cooke bought gothic arches. Anyone hear anything?
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Old Posted Dec 30, 2017, 2:28 PM
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Heard a rumour that Cooke bought gothic arches. Anyone hear anything?
They bought the Synagogue some months ago - perhaps the rumour you heard was off?
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Old Posted Dec 30, 2017, 8:16 PM
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I was talking to the neighbor of this building and he says the Singhs purchased it (owner of Thandi restaurant). They will be gutting the building down to the bones and making high-end apartments.

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Old Posted Dec 31, 2017, 12:07 AM
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That is a great looking building and will make some pretty cool spots I bet.
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Old Posted Dec 31, 2017, 1:55 AM
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That block of Union has been on fire lately. So great to see! That makes...four properties currently under refurb? This after the First City Brew Pub and ANBL reno/construction last year.
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Old Posted Jan 5, 2018, 6:21 PM
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Something is happening in the Gothic Arches, the lights have been on every night for the first time in a long time. Vague, but maybe Cooke did buy?
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Old Posted Jan 6, 2018, 1:27 AM
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Something is happening in the Gothic Arches, the lights have been on every night for the first time in a long time. Vague, but maybe Cooke did buy?
It’s been for sale for years and is now off the market. There is no sale information on Service NB database though. April last year there was an article in Huddle saying the owner was looking to set up a church brewery.
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Old Posted Jan 8, 2018, 6:40 PM
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Acre Architects Designing Apartment Complex That Will Replace ‘Jellybean Buildings’

Jan 8, 2018 by Mark Leger

SAINT JOHN – The nonprofit housing group building a mixed-income apartment complex at the corner of Union Street and Wellington Row has hired a local firm to design a project they believe will win the hearts and minds of even those who were upset to see the “Jellybean” buildings torn down last spring.
Stephen Kopp, a partner at Acre Architects, the Saint John firm that won the tender issued last April, says Saint John Non Profit Housing wants them to design a signature building for that site.

“They want to push the envelope on what people think of low-cost housing,” said Kopp in a recent interview. “That excited us. Some people just want to put up a box and get subsidized units. Cost is always a major concern with a project like this, but they want to do something really interesting, really beautiful, fits the community, fits the scale of the neighbourhood.

“They want to keep the construction costs where they can be competitive, but at the same time, they don’t want this be an average building. They want this to be the best housing in the city.”

Lisa Keenan, the president of Saint John Non Profit Housing, says the location is ideal for people of all income levels.

“It’s a great place,” said Keenan. “You can walk across the street to go to work in Brunswick Square. You can go to the City Market. You have a lot of facilities in that area where you really don’t need a car. You can just walk to them.”

Keenan is also encouraged by the other developments in the WellingtonRow/Union Street area. She says their housing project will be a “gem” in a part of the Uptown in the midst of a period of revitalization.

“There is quite a bit of activity within the last year with the building of the new liquor store, and a couple of business people have purchased buildings in that area and are going through with renovations,” she said. “I think it’s really going to be a gem as far as the city is concerned. A lot of people use that street when they drive into work. So it’s going to be a very happening place and I think that will be good for the city as a whole.”

Kopp says Acre – an award-winning firm that has been involved in Uptown renovation and design projects like Picaroons and Port City Royal – loves both “the challenge of creating a place where people want to live” and being part of the revitalization of an important uptown street.

“We can make a difference in people’s lives,” he said. “It has an impact on multiple levels – one for the immediate area, spurring change on the street, and for the people [who will live] there.”

Kopp highlights the developments that are already complete or underway on Wellington Row – the liquor store, the Fundy Engineering building and the Cooke acquisition of the old synagogue.

“It’s going to be back to being a really nice street. It’s a walkable street,” said Kopp. “This building will [also] be seen from King and Germain, which is one of the pivotal intersections in Saint John.”

Keenan and Kopp say the building will have as many 40 apartments, a 50/50 mix of subsidized and market-price one- and two-bedroom apartments. They also plan to have a commercial tenant on the ground floor – something like a restaurant says Keenan.

They won’t know for sure, though, until the board approves a final design and funding partners are in place. They hope to have designs finalized in the next few months and begin construction by the end of the year.

Keenan says they hope to complete the building within two years and anticipate a great demand when it opens. Saint John Non Profit Housing has other fully occupied buildings uptown like the Admiral Beatty Complex and Leinster Court.

“We have waiting lists at all of our buildings,” said Keenan, “and a couple of people have specifically said they want to live in [the new] building because of its location. We are fairly confident it will be fully rented once the project is complete.”

There will be considerable enthusiasm for this new project, but Keenan and Kopp are nonetheless aware that many people in the city loved the “Jellybean” buildings and didn’t want to see them torn down for a new development.

Kopp said they are focused on designing a building that will suit the neighbourhood and get everyone excited.

“The past is what it is now,” said Kopp. “Our challenge is always to make something that fits into the neighbourhood. It’s inspired by the past but still creates something that’s a [step] forward … It’s hard to predict how the community will react but I think people are eager to see something happen.

“I think people will react in a positive way. We want them to be excited about it. The people that were into the Jellybean [buildings], I think they’re going to be pleased with what we’re going to do.”

Keenan is confident they’ll win over most people with the new building.

“Hopefully the people that are upset with the demolition of the Jellybean buildings will come on board,” she said. “We’re doing the best that we can with the project and I think that a majority of the people will be very happy with the new project. We can’t go back, we just have to keep our eyes on going forward, and come up with a nice design that fits in well with the neighbourhood.”

http://huddle.today/acre-architects-...ean-buildings/
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Old Posted Jan 9, 2018, 12:11 PM
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Well I feel better knowing that Acre Architects are on the Job for the former Jellybean site. It's good to know that it won't be done by some two bit developer. Who would build a box, use the cheapest materials, and slap some beige siding on it and call it a building.
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Old Posted Jan 15, 2018, 9:32 PM
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We finally have more information about the proposed multi-unit development at the end of Manners Sutton Road in Millidgeville, from this month's PAC Agenda.

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The applicant is proposing to construct two 30-unit buildings, each 5 stories in height. The buildings will feature single loaded corridors with the buildings positioned such that all of the dwelling units will have views of the Kennebecasis River. The anticipated timeline of the development is 3 to 5 years.

The buildings are proposed to have wood frame construction utilizing requirements of the 2015 National Building Code for wood frame construction of up to six-stories as an alternative solution to the existing 2010 National Building Code.
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Judging from the agenda package, this proposal has already elicited comments from many local residents, both positive and negative. Staff are recommending approval of the necessary rezoning with a number of Section 39 conditions attached. Tomorrow's PAC meeting (and next week's public hearing at Council) should be interesting.
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Old Posted Jan 16, 2018, 3:45 AM
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I can understand the opposition. 60 units at the end of a street on the edge of a city with one street effectively in and out - that's a lot of added people and cars on a tight street. The design is blah and suburban but would fit better elsewhere in Millidgeville, particularly somewhere around Boars Head Road & Millidge Avenue. There's a number of buildings like these going up off of University Avenue and that sort of area already has the infrastructure to allow for that many added residents and traffic.

I'm sure it will be fine, and the city isn't in a position to really turn away prospective development, but I can understand if residents are against the idea.
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Old Posted Jan 16, 2018, 2:51 PM
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Cruise schedule for 2018 has been released. 75 ships, 246,000 passengers. Represents a 13% increase in ships and 19% increase in passengers. Fourth consecutive year of Cruise growth.

In other port news, they've announced direct intermodal rail service connecting Saint John with Boston via PanAm Railways.

https://twitter.com/PortSaintJohn/st...58176509603840
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Old Posted Jan 19, 2018, 4:09 PM
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saintjohn.ca/publicnotices

As of January 2018 Public Notices will move from being posted in the Telegraph-Journal as advertisements to being posted on the city's website. These frequently feature planning application changes.

The first to be uploaded is the planning application for the medical cannabis labs at 384 Lancaster Ave.
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Old Posted Jan 20, 2018, 1:13 PM
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My re movement on Union Street, this time the old Fire Hall #3 has been sold and will be renovated http://huddle.today/welcome-union-station/

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“People ask, ‘what restaurant are you going to open?’ We’re not doing a restaurant,” said Holly, though they briefly considered moving the Brunswick Square House of Chan to the ground floor of the building before deciding the space was too large.

Right now they’re thinking about developing a retail space for the ground floor and two or three condos on the upper two floors. It has large windows and nice architectural features on the facade that people would find attractive, said Holly, and room for three or four parking places in the back.

They have no timeline for what they will do and when they will finish. They’ll take their time and do right by building, said Holly.
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Old Posted Jan 20, 2018, 4:56 PM
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My re movement on Union Street, this time the old Fire Hall #3 has been sold and will be renovated http://huddle.today/welcome-union-station/
The best part of the article was when they mentioned they live in Nauwigewauk and how they may move in to one of the new apartments they renovate on that property. Getting tired of driving to and from, no doubt.
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The rezoning application for 172 Manners Sutton (above) has been withdrawn.

In a letter to the City the developers indicated that they will continue to pursue housing developments within city boundaries. Application was withdrawn due to neighbour and local resident opposition.
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Driving into Saint John from Sussex today I found myself wondering why there isn't any development on the bay side of the highway across from Rothesay (i.e. Fox Farm road). There are plenty of pretty lakes and hills over there that would make for lovely subdivisions with very easy commutes to SJ. Even the Fox Farm exit seems set up to allow for a road to extend in that direction. Curiosity peaked - why has nothing ever developed over there?
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Driving into Saint John from Sussex today I found myself wondering why there isn't any development on the bay side of the highway across from Rothesay (i.e. Fox Farm road). There are plenty of pretty lakes and hills over there that would make for lovely subdivisions with very easy commutes to SJ. Even the Fox Farm exit seems set up to allow for a road to extend in that direction. Curiosity peaked - why has nothing ever developed over there?
1. Issue that I see is the land seems to be swampy so that might be an issue
for whoever own this land.
2. The property owner/owners might not want to develop the land, or even sell
to a developer.
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Old Posted Jan 29, 2018, 8:24 PM
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1. Issue that I see is the land seems to be swampy so that might be an issue
for whoever own this land.
2. The property owner/owners might not want to develop the land, or even sell
to a developer.
Much of the land at the top of Fox Farm is both within City limits and outside of the PlanSJ primary growth area, so it would be a burden on the City coffers to look at development there. But the main issue is the Renforth Bog is regulated as a provincially significant wetland, meaning that any development impacting it would trigger an expensive Environmental Impact Assessment [EIA] process and would run the risk of being denied approval based on its ecology and potential downstream impact on flooding in the city's east side neighbourhoods.

You're right though, beautiful area back there, I have gone hiking through it many times.
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Old Posted Jan 30, 2018, 12:27 PM
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Another rumour - can anyone confirm...Pomodori apparently opening up next to Picaroon's in the Locavore space.
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