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Old Posted Sep 17, 2019, 2:34 AM
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[Saint John] Uptown Thread

The Saint John Uptown Thread focuses on developments in the historic business center and residential neighborhoods (Waterloo Village, and South End).

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Old Posted Sep 21, 2019, 8:48 PM
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The old fire station at 150 Union Street is undergoing renovations by well known local business owners Holly and Ken Singh. This is apart of an effort to revitalize a key corridor in the central peninsula. Hopefully, someone will fix up the adjacent buildings because their exteriors could really use some attention. I've noticed some nice additions to other buildings on this street so next time I get the chance I'll take some pictures. The big project set for this street is a 6 story mixed-income apartment building is planned for this street earliest fall 2019 and latest Spring 2020.
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The historic Imperial Theatre is otherwise known as a treasure of the city. Earlier in the year, the marquee was upgraded to house an electronic screen to project show information and promotions. Renovations of the lobby took place all summer but have completed in time for a new season.
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The space boasts new flooring, new paint, a different lay-out, and an added performance space in the upper lobby. Executive Director Angela Campbell says the finished product is even better than she ever imagined. We’ve converted the upper lobby into a lounge space, and our whole thinking in creating that space is that we wanted a secondary performance space essentially, we wanted to be able to use the upper lobby in new ways
Along with the adjacent new 12-story Irving Oil World Headquarters, the Imperial Theatre is adding to a new vibrant Uptown Saint John





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Old Posted Oct 2, 2019, 7:38 PM
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Does anyone know what they're doing at Prince Edward Square? They have the underground parking "de-lidded" where it runs under surface parking.
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Old Posted Oct 2, 2019, 7:45 PM
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Does anyone know what they're doing at Prince Edward Square? They have the underground parking "de-lidded" where it runs under surface parking.

They are renovating/updating the underground parking garage.
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Old Posted Oct 3, 2019, 8:08 PM
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Well that's less exciting than I had hoped. But from what I understand long overdue as I was under the impression that garage had been starting to really show its age.
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GOTHIC ARCHES a historic church that has a prominent presence on the uptown skyline has been SOLD!



You may remember this site has had a bit of a history with a very ambitious proposal (see below). No word on what will happen to the building but fixing up the exterior is a guarantee. Sounds like we will find out in a couple of months according to Mr. McVicar. When approaching the central peninsula this church is visible from every single angle given its large scale and the fact it sits on the highest point of the central peninsula so seeing this saved from the wrecking ball is a relief. This is also a big win for local residents who have had to deal with falling debris which has the potential of seriously hurting someone. This is yet another example of Saint John leading the way of preserving historic structures.

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Old Posted Oct 6, 2019, 4:32 PM
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GOTHIC ARCHES a historic church that has a prominent presence on the uptown skyline has been SOLD!

This is yet another example of Saint John leading the way of preserving historic structures.

Yup, I can definitely agree with this one, that's for sure.
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Old Posted Oct 14, 2019, 11:56 AM
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We shouldn’t assume new owners are fixing up the building. It could be the case they will demolish for their own development. Or open a ruin bar like in Budapest. Already the back half facing Leinster Street is unsalvageable and must be torn town (even in the previous owner’s rendering you can see it’s replaced by a modern section.
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We have an update on Gothic Arches, Develop Saint John just put out this update:
https://developsaintjohn.com/recent_...c-arches-site/

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buyer Percy Wilbur has plans for new construction that will help attract residents to the Uptown neighbourhood.
Encouraging news see Percy Wilbur is the buyer after his project at 1 Charlotte Union.

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Wilbur plans to dismantle the former church building before the new year and to start construction on a new, high-end multi-unit apartment complex on the site this spring.
The plan is to have somewheres between 50-80 new high-end apartments. As Mr. Wilbur stated they're in the early design phase but dismantling work will begin before the end of the year. I'm saddened by the fact the structure will not be saved but after a decade of neglect, there isn't much you can do about that. Let's hope this project has some height to it, the church stands out pretty high today so losing that would be a shame. All in all, this is good news for the area and is now the 3rd major construction project slated for uptown next spring.

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70-76 King is being renovated with a constructed addition on the back side.
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Old Posted Oct 30, 2019, 11:19 PM
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We have an update on Gothic Arches, Develop Saint John just put out this update:
https://developsaintjohn.com/recent_...c-arches-site/
Disappointing to see it go but I can't say I'm surprised. Let's just hope this isn't another false start and that we see the redevelopment of the site take place relatively quickly, and that it's of a quality that lives up to its role as successor to the landmark former church.

In other Uptown development news there were surveyors on site today at the former Jellybean location at Union and Wellington. Hopefully that bodes well for The Wellington, which we haven't from in a while.
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In other Uptown development news there were surveyors on site today at the former Jellybean location at Union and Wellington. Hopefully that bodes well for The Wellington, which we haven't from in a while.
That's encouraging to hear. That project has remained silent for a while but my understanding was shovels are to be in the ground by spring 2020
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Here's a small project that's flying under the radar - I noticed some equipment taking down the rear wing of a building on the last block of Leinster and upon further investigation found this permit:


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Turns out they're putting on a new addition that will increase the number of apartments in the building from 3 to 7. Nice to see smaller projects like this going forward - the fine-grained incremental stuff matters just as much as the larger developments in turning around the neighbourhood.
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the fine-grained incremental stuff matters just as much as the larger developments in turning around the neighborhood.
very well said, these are just a few examples of some of those kinds of projects that are currently happening on the central peninsula



May I also add I've noticed a lot of changes in the neighborhood behind the new Irving World Headquarters. Several buildings are being fixed up and are being converted to house apartments.
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Not sure if these have been shared on the forum, but the vendors of 222 Water Street have retained Acre Architects to produce an updated concept for the building's redevelopment. Apparently an engineering study indicates up to 2 additional floors could be added to the building. Renders below (conceptual only, there are no firm redevelopment plans at this point until a buyer comes along):


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I do like this concept much better than the older artist's rendering that was done, which puzzlingly included surface parking accessed from the Prince William Street side, as well as a notable steakhouse chain restaurant:


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Not sure if these have been shared on the forum, but the vendors of 222 Water Street have retained Acre Architects to produce an updated concept for the building's redevelopment. Apparently an engineering study indicates up to 2 additional floors could be added to the building. Renders below (conceptual only, there are no firm redevelopment plans at this point until a buyer comes along):


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I do like this concept much better than the older artist's rendering that was done, which puzzlingly included surface parking accessed from the Prince William Street side, as well as a notable steakhouse chain restaurant:

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As long as the redevelopment takes advantage of the fantastically named “Murder Hill” that exists on the north side of the building and doesn’t build over it. I love the Acre rendering that terraces the hill and makes it a feature, for example
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I noticed they’re already beginning to take valuable assets out of Gothic Arches. If the timeline for construction holds to be true we should be seeing some big demolition equipment onsite within a month or so.
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