Proposal to build townhouses draws concerns from Forest Road residents

Josh Pennell
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A proposal for a development by Deer Park Contracting at a vacant property located at 176 Forest Road is drawing concerns from people in the neighbourhood.

A public meeting on the proposal was held at St. John’s City Hall Tuesday night and was chaired by Coun. Frank Galgay, who is the municipal representative for that ward. Galgay says about a dozen people were at the meeting including four or five residents of the area.

One resident with concerns is Shane Hiscock. He lives at 178 Forest Road immediately alongside the vacant lot where the development is to take place.

Hiscock says he’ll be left with about two feet on the development side of his property and is worried about drilling and blasting that could not only affect the ambiance of his home and neighbourhood but, he says, could damage his property.

“That’s going to damage our house, no doubt about it.”

Galgay says the proposal is for townhouses that will start in the range of $325,000 to $350,000. The next step is for a report on the public meeting to be completed.

“There will be a report of the public meeting going to council in the next few weeks,” says Galgay.

Hiscock says there are others in the neighbourhood with concerns, too —  people who don’t live as close to the area as he does, but who still have worries about the traffic and noise.

“We’ve been here 50 years now so it’s going to be hard.”

The proposal has not been approved, but Hiscock said he thinks it’s a foregone conclusion.

“Me, personally, I think there’s no stopping it,” he said.

That’s still not going to keep him from trying, though.

“Hopefully we can get it diverted some way.”

The president of Deer Park Contracting and proponent of the development, Tony Lockyer, was contacted by The Telegram but declined to comment on the proposal.

Organizations: The Telegram

Geographic location: Forest Road

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