Straddling the border

Alisha Morrissey
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New condo development could be in both St. John’s and Mount Pearl

A new condo development would have residents living in St. John's, but parking their cars in Mount Pearl.

The blue line on the map is the border between St. John’s and Mount Pearl and divides the proposed condominium building and its parking lot. — Photo provided by the City of St. John’s

The condo, proposed to be built on the former Sprung Greenhouse site of Castle Bridge Drive, will be divided from its parking lot by the Mount Pearl/St. John's border.

A map of the application got laughs from members of a recent St. John's planning and housing meeting.

Mayor Dennis O'Keefe joked that it was a good case for amalgamation, while city manager Ron Penney joked that Mount Pearl could have the taxes from the parking lot, but St. John's would be taking the taxes from the condo building.

The proposal would see a 72-unit building with commercial space on the first floor - likely a doctor's office and pharmacy.

Stephen Jewczyk, director of planning for Mount Pearl, says this kind of thing happens from time to time and, generally, the two municipalities work well together.

This case should be no different, he says.

Both cities have already been in contact about the project and as long as the developer is willing to meet the rules for parking requirements and commercial and residential development for both towns, it should go through the approval process easily.

City manager Ron Penney joked that Mount Pearl could have the taxes from the parking lot, but St. John’s would be taking the taxes from the condo building.

The only minor complication will be which town provides services like water and sewer to the building, Jewczyk says, explaining that it will all depend on where the pipes are laid.

"Ours is a bit simpler because all we're dealing with is the parking lot," Jewczyk says. "The snowclearing is dealt with quite easily because we've already got an agreement with the City of St. John's for snowclearing of the street going into the subdivision. ... In terms of snowclearing on the parking lot, it's a private developer's responsibility so that would be their own issue."

The land will have to be rezoned before the development can go ahead, which means a public meeting will likely have to be held.

Jewczyk says the development is appropriate for the area and he hopes it will trigger similar developments on the Mount Pearl side of the border. "Multi-storey condos, mixed use - it's a much more efficient use of land."

amorrissey@thetelegram.com

Geographic location: Mount Pearl, St. John's

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  • Anon
    July 24, 2010 - 15:49

    They already have subdivisions in St. Johns that open up to common wealth tying up mount pearl traffic and infrastructure while St. Johns gets the tax dollars. Might as well let this go ahead too.