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  • Ian Lambert
    May 22, 2013 - 01:46

    Only in Newfoundland us a six-storey building considered a "tower". Pretty ridiculous. Elsewhere, 20 storeys is the general height just even to be considered a high-rise.

  • Saucy Face
    May 20, 2013 - 19:27

    Well, the owners of Atlantic Place must be happy knowing that they no longer own the worse looking office building n the downtown, Man, that new so called office tower is butt ugly. What was the designer thinking? Did city hall even look at the design before passing it?

  • Gordon Gekko
    May 17, 2013 - 14:49

    Mark you are probably right. City hall has always been hostile to business and common sense in general, the chance to develop a proper modern city center came and went a long time ago, it should have been planned around MUN and the Avalon Mall decades ago, but wasn't. Putting Mile One and the convention center on New Gower was probably the most recent in a long line of colossal screw-ups, although this new office tower is a step backwards as well. I doubt that St. John's will ever be taken seriously as a modern city when we have such a foolish and ill-planned city layout. Just to clarify once again, I have no sympathy for the heritage crowd. Those firetraps on Water and Duckworth may be old, but old does not necessarily mean historic or culturally significant. I think many of the downtown rubberbooters know this as well, they are mostly just NIMBY types who don't want towers, traffic congestion, and construction affecting the value of their homes. I only side with them on this because I realize that downtown SJ isn't worth developing. This city is a joke.

  • rgh
    May 16, 2013 - 19:46

    I have been involved in many topping out ceremonies in Western Canada, some as much as twenty stories plus! Usually , the persons employed on these projects are so thrilled at being reckonized for their efforts > A lot of times , under adverse conditions, yet they push on to complete the task. In so far as the " topping out " in S.J.'s is concerned, a downtown location for this project is appropiate, as like many cities in N.America it is a catalyst to prop up, so to speak, a decaying downtown. Think beyond the box ! You have a wonderful City and should be very proud you have entered the 21st century. Congratulations to the group involved in this and you join your worker colleagues in many European cities , that celebrate in this fashion...I know, as I have been there !

  • Sherwin
    May 16, 2013 - 15:41

    Yes Gordon, let's spread the higher density areas out even more. Pretty soon St. John's will be bordering Corner Brook.

  • Mark
    May 16, 2013 - 15:07

    Gordon, you make some good points. Downtown St. John's certainly was not intended for this sort of structure. Regrettably, the corprorate community will want to locate its members into the downtown area. Whether we like it or not, the downtown is the financial heart of the city. It is where the banks have their headquarters, lawyers have their firms, accountants have their offices... Unless they can avoid it, no company will want to move out to Topsail Road unless a government offers them some sort of incentive (for example, remove developers' fees or building permits). Maybe city hall could consider this.

  • Turry from town
    May 16, 2013 - 14:32

    I think it is a great addition to downtown and alot more of the painted heaps of bricks like the one this building relpaced should be on the demolition list.

  • Gordon Gekko
    May 16, 2013 - 14:00

    I don't normally side with the anti-development crowd but I really don't understand why we need to put these sorts of buildings downtown. This isn't about preserving heritage or whatever, it's about practicality. I don't care how many parking spots they build, we just don't have the right infrastructure downtown to support these big office developments. The area wasn't designed for this, and nothing short of tearing everything down and starting from scratch will change that. Put these sorts of buildings on Topsail Road, Kelsey Drive, or out by Stavanger.

    • Jason Williams
      May 16, 2013 - 14:35

      Don't worry if St. John's is stupid enough to vote in O'Leary and her band of merry NDP candidates.......it will another 25 years before we see an office building built down town.