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  • Andrew
    July 02, 2010 - 13:35

    Personally I would be more concerned about the building height...Pipers better not being adding height to that building or there may be risk of blocking view planes and creating an ugly monstrosity . Id much rather see a run down abandoned building myself...fits better in this city!

  • Paul
    July 02, 2010 - 13:34

    Pipers traffic would just replace the old Dominion Supermarkets traffic located just eastof the proposed pipers, that bldg.has been sitting as an eyesore since the Memorial Dominion opened.Come on people,let's not have anoyher eyesore and let Pipers develop.

  • Andrew
    July 02, 2010 - 13:31

    With that being said, I've never seen a traffic problem in that part of the city anyway. That's just another excuse the anti-development nuts have on the backburner.

    The majority of traffic uses the Prince Philip parkway in that area, and Elizabeth Avenue really quiets down east of Bonaventure/Allandale anyway. That would probably be the busiest intersection, maybe even the stop sign-controlled terminus with Freshwater Road. I've never seen a line-up of cars at New Cove or Portugal Cove, nothing extreme anyway.

    This is a city - there's going to be traffic. Don't like it? Move out to one of the many rural Newfoundland towns. You can see the harbour there too!

  • Heather
    July 02, 2010 - 13:30

    I don't live in the area but when I do have to be down that way I dread it because of the traffic

  • Andrew
    July 02, 2010 - 13:26

    People in this city are unreal. First it's the Fortis development, that hotel on Prescott Street, condos on Temperance Street, a freakin' discount store on Elizabeth Avenue, housing in Mount Pearl, no matter what the development there's someone in this city to complain about it and the media ready to stir up the controversy.

    These people seriously need to get a life. Traffic problems? There's already a Canadian Tire store on that intersection. I'm sure that attracts more traffic than Pipers ever will.

    God forbid anyone attempt to build anything in St. John's. No wonder this heritage-lovin' (read: run down worthless building) anti-development city of senior citizens is getting nowhere.

    C'est la vie...

  • Gail
    July 02, 2010 - 13:23

    There are a couple of errors in the story as posted. The proposed parking lot for Pipers will be connected with the existing parking lot use by Lawtons and the former Dominion Store and NOT Canadian Tire. Plus residents concerns about snow clearing were focused on narrowing of New Cove Rd south of Elizabeth Ave after most snowfalls to two lanes.. ie the turning lane disappears, traffic backs up and with no cleared sidewalks, and pedestrians are at great risk. There are also winter time risks for those waiting at bus stops on either side of New Cove just south of the Elizabeth Ave.

    The lack of a left turn signal for traffic heading south before crossing Elizabeth Ave is already creating hazzards for both pedestrian and vehicle traffic. Residents reported numerous near missings as vehicles stuck in mid intersection at yellow lights and vehicles trying to beat yellow/read lights, turn east on Elizabeth while the walk light is still active. Residents were astonished to hear that left turn lights can only be installed when there have been sufficient accidents reported to warrant this expenditure - ie a reactive rather than proactive approach to safety of those using these streets and sidewalks! Residents also pointed out to Pipers reps that the lack of a left turn light would negatively affect their potential customers as round about methods would have to be used to access available parking such as entering behind Kentucky Fried Chicken on Torbay Road and cutting across the old Dominion store parking lot so as to avoid both the intersection and the need to cross two lanes of west bound traffice on Elizabeth to get into that entrance as no left turns would be possible from New Cove Rd entrance.

    The artists conception of the re purposed building looks more barn like than neighbourhood retail space ..esp when compared to the more attractive brick exterior presented by Pipers new store in Mount Pearl.

  • Nasty
    July 02, 2010 - 13:22

    No need to worry about traffic. Soon we will have restrictions on when and where we are permitted to drive anyway. Odd and even days just like China. Traffic problem solved.

  • crackie
    July 02, 2010 - 13:19

    BTW- the old Dominion store has been approved for a new Lawton's mega drugstore

  • John Smith
    July 02, 2010 - 13:19

    How will the parking lot be connected to the Canadian tire parking lot, which is across a four lane highway? What are they going to do build an overpass? LOL

  • crackie
    July 02, 2010 - 13:19

    Just thinking the same thing- no wonder residents are concerned

  • Corey
    July 02, 2010 - 13:17

    I was thinking the same thing as John Smith . I'm assuming the location they're talking about is the old Subaru building. How is the parking lot going to connect to Canadian Tire on the opposite side of the 4-laned Elizabeth ave? They putting an overpass there or something, lol

  • Andrew
    July 01, 2010 - 20:25

    Personally I would be more concerned about the building height...Pipers better not being adding height to that building or there may be risk of blocking view planes and creating an ugly monstrosity . Id much rather see a run down abandoned building myself...fits better in this city!

  • Paul
    July 01, 2010 - 20:24

    Pipers traffic would just replace the old Dominion Supermarkets traffic located just eastof the proposed pipers, that bldg.has been sitting as an eyesore since the Memorial Dominion opened.Come on people,let's not have anoyher eyesore and let Pipers develop.

  • Andrew
    July 01, 2010 - 20:20

    With that being said, I've never seen a traffic problem in that part of the city anyway. That's just another excuse the anti-development nuts have on the backburner.

    The majority of traffic uses the Prince Philip parkway in that area, and Elizabeth Avenue really quiets down east of Bonaventure/Allandale anyway. That would probably be the busiest intersection, maybe even the stop sign-controlled terminus with Freshwater Road. I've never seen a line-up of cars at New Cove or Portugal Cove, nothing extreme anyway.

    This is a city - there's going to be traffic. Don't like it? Move out to one of the many rural Newfoundland towns. You can see the harbour there too!

  • Heather
    July 01, 2010 - 20:17

    I don't live in the area but when I do have to be down that way I dread it because of the traffic

  • Andrew
    July 01, 2010 - 20:13

    People in this city are unreal. First it's the Fortis development, that hotel on Prescott Street, condos on Temperance Street, a freakin' discount store on Elizabeth Avenue, housing in Mount Pearl, no matter what the development there's someone in this city to complain about it and the media ready to stir up the controversy.

    These people seriously need to get a life. Traffic problems? There's already a Canadian Tire store on that intersection. I'm sure that attracts more traffic than Pipers ever will.

    God forbid anyone attempt to build anything in St. John's. No wonder this heritage-lovin' (read: run down worthless building) anti-development city of senior citizens is getting nowhere.

    C'est la vie...

  • Gail
    July 01, 2010 - 20:08

    There are a couple of errors in the story as posted. The proposed parking lot for Pipers will be connected with the existing parking lot use by Lawtons and the former Dominion Store and NOT Canadian Tire. Plus residents concerns about snow clearing were focused on narrowing of New Cove Rd south of Elizabeth Ave after most snowfalls to two lanes.. ie the turning lane disappears, traffic backs up and with no cleared sidewalks, and pedestrians are at great risk. There are also winter time risks for those waiting at bus stops on either side of New Cove just south of the Elizabeth Ave.

    The lack of a left turn signal for traffic heading south before crossing Elizabeth Ave is already creating hazzards for both pedestrian and vehicle traffic. Residents reported numerous near missings as vehicles stuck in mid intersection at yellow lights and vehicles trying to beat yellow/read lights, turn east on Elizabeth while the walk light is still active. Residents were astonished to hear that left turn lights can only be installed when there have been sufficient accidents reported to warrant this expenditure - ie a reactive rather than proactive approach to safety of those using these streets and sidewalks! Residents also pointed out to Pipers reps that the lack of a left turn light would negatively affect their potential customers as round about methods would have to be used to access available parking such as entering behind Kentucky Fried Chicken on Torbay Road and cutting across the old Dominion store parking lot so as to avoid both the intersection and the need to cross two lanes of west bound traffice on Elizabeth to get into that entrance as no left turns would be possible from New Cove Rd entrance.

    The artists conception of the re purposed building looks more barn like than neighbourhood retail space ..esp when compared to the more attractive brick exterior presented by Pipers new store in Mount Pearl.

  • Nasty
    July 01, 2010 - 20:07

    No need to worry about traffic. Soon we will have restrictions on when and where we are permitted to drive anyway. Odd and even days just like China. Traffic problem solved.

  • crackie
    July 01, 2010 - 20:02

    BTW- the old Dominion store has been approved for a new Lawton's mega drugstore

  • John Smith
    July 01, 2010 - 20:01

    How will the parking lot be connected to the Canadian tire parking lot, which is across a four lane highway? What are they going to do build an overpass? LOL

  • crackie
    July 01, 2010 - 20:01

    Just thinking the same thing- no wonder residents are concerned

  • Corey
    July 01, 2010 - 19:57

    I was thinking the same thing as John Smith . I'm assuming the location they're talking about is the old Subaru building. How is the parking lot going to connect to Canadian Tire on the opposite side of the 4-laned Elizabeth ave? They putting an overpass there or something, lol