With $63 million flowing to three projects in the St. John's area, Mayor Dennis O'Keefe decided — in a nod to the provincial and federal Conservatives at the table — to call it a "blue-letter" day, not a red-letter one.
The projects, announced Wednesday afternoon at the St. John's Convention Centre, include the expansion of the centre — over five years — to double its current useable space, the complete restoration of the historic Colonial Building, and the redevelopment of a former Paradise industrial site into a community park.
The convention centre expansion will cost just over $43 million, with the cost to be shared equally among the federal and provincial governments and St. John's city council. Premier Kathy Dunderdale announced $8.6 million from the province for the Colonial Building restoration — which is in addition to $4.4 million already announced from the province. The park in Paradise — which will include a stage, a splash pad and a dog park — is expected to cost $3 million, shared by the federal and provincial governments and the town of Paradise.