- February 24, 2012 - 15:30
Congratulations Residents of Richmond Hill! Stealing the title of Most Reviled neighbourhood in Newfoundland away from Paradise is no mean feat! Oh wait, actually it is quite literally a mean feat.
- February 24, 2012 - 13:22
I completely understand people's support of building seniors’ accommodations. I live in the neighbourhood in question and have many neighbours who are seniors in their 60s, 70s and 80s. Quite frankly, if there were a choice of high density housing - this would be THE BEST option. We and our small children love the seniors who live around us and spend time with them regularly. They are surrogate grandparents to our kids. However, the senior's complex is a RED HERRING in this argument. The developer bough this land in 2004 and first proposed a HIGH-END CONDO development. This is about MAKING MONEY! When the condo wouldn't fly with the residents or the city, the developer came up with the idea for the assisted-living complex. This brings in all the charged emotions associated with seniors’ issues and chance to vilify anyone who opposes the development. GOOD DEVELOPER STRATEGY. If you were at the meeting and heard the inflammatory language from the proponent, you would have a better feeling for the situation. The main criticism of the site choice is that it is virtually inaccessible by foot unless you are a mountain goat (good luck to seniors who want to go for a walk or if there is a snow storm and ambulance access is needed) and there are no amenities around (save the Tim Horton’s which we already have by the way). Please come have a look, do your homework, then judge the homeowners! This is about REZONING – not about being against seniors!
- Christopher Chafe
- February 24, 2012 - 14:41
Correct me if I am wrong but didn't several of your elitist neighbors go on the evening news broadcasts and specifically state that a "senior's complex" would be detrimental to their return profit should they choose to sell their property? So let's call a spade a spade.... also your neighborhood were also very vocally opposed to a country concert held at bowering park back in the 90's, also correct me if I am wrong but wasn't RIchmond Hill also against the Tim Horton's? So come on and please prove me wrong, somehow I doubt you will.
- February 24, 2012 - 12:06
I am somewhat familar with the proposal and don't know the developer but sense that the area residents are making exaggerated statements about the potential negative effects of this low impact development. Lets get on with it!!
- February 24, 2012 - 10:55
I just can't believe the opposition to this development. I have a young family and live directly behind a large seniors' complex in the metro area . I have nothing but praise for the residents and their guests . By no means do the activities of these residents interfere with my life in a negative way. The seniors don't make any noise, or otherwise do anything to bother us. You barely know they are there, for god's sake! In a spate of fine weather you might encounter several of them out for a walk, but that's it. I really don't understand what the problem is- you really have nothing to fear from this development.
- True Kilbrider - Born & Raised
- February 24, 2012 - 09:21
Good God People - obviously some of you are "newcomers" to the area or know nothing about it. A large majority of Kilbride residents are retiree's and soon will probably need this facility to get them through their last days/months/years - if some of them had to sell her houses, etc. wouldn't it be nice if they could stay in the area they know and love. It's a SENIORS COMPLEX people - really!!! Get a Grip! Someday you might need a place to live and grow old in!
- February 24, 2012 - 08:40
Where are the comments from all the people who dumped on Paradise residents for opposing the construction of the new mental health facility in their neighbourhood? They were lambasted on this site and others for having concerns. Hypocrisy lives on.
- February 24, 2012 - 08:31
What a wonderful way to treat seniors, Such warm hearts
- dee gee
- February 24, 2012 - 08:17
What would these people say about the youth addiction centre that's going in Paradise in a residential neigbourhood ?Get over it people it's a senior complex ,it's your parents and grandparents . But you got to look at the neighbourhood it's going in. Richmond Hill!!! Look at the flack the Paradise people (who spoke against the centre) took over the addiction centre. Again it's a seniors complex which some of the people complaining may have to use one of these days.
- February 24, 2012 - 07:39
I'm no expert on the pros and cons of this particular development application, but I think we need a clear planning policy statement from Council that every neighbourhood in the city needs housing options for all stages of life, including the senior's assisted living option. Any Councillors who want to vote against this development should first determine with City planning staff whether there are alternative locations within the immediate area which could host such a development.
- February 24, 2012 - 08:00
I don't have an opinion on this matter but I do know there's just too much of this discretionary development in St. John's. People who buy in a residential area are entitled to have just that, not helter-skelter add-ons down the road.
- Christopher Chafe
- February 24, 2012 - 08:13
How the hell is a senior complex a helter-skelter add-on. Good god man.....why don't they put a 24 karet gold gate at the entrance of Richmond Hill and have to be buzzed in to gain entrance.
- February 24, 2012 - 07:30
Too hell with what the neighbourhood wants or needs! To hell with the negative effect this development will have on a lifetime investment in property! The main thing is to keep this greedy, self serving developer happy. Yeah, right!
- Christopher Chafe
- February 24, 2012 - 08:10
How in the name of God, is it greedy to want to put a Seniors complex amongst the elite of Kilbride. As cruel as this sounds, I honestly hope that when the time comes for some of these elitest individuals to go in a senior's home they are tranported to some isolated bay island!
- February 24, 2012 - 06:51
I get a kick out of people who once they scoop up their little piece of suburbia they don't want anyone else in behind them. The fact is all the people complaining were also once newcomers to that area themselves; and not that long ago I might add. They’re worried about population increases??? Wake up? It's 2012? Population increase is inevitable. Who do they think they are trying to exclude other people from entering the community? This is only a senior’s complex; it's not a crack house! Get a gripe! If they don’t like traffic, progress or buildings that are more than two storey’s then move out around the bay.
- February 24, 2012 - 06:40
Collins says you would have to hate your grandmother to put her up there! Dont say much for the area nor the people living there according to him.