A public meeting to discuss a proposed expansion of St. Luke’s Homes on Road DeLuxe was met with what can best be described as mild concern more so than opposition from one area resident on Tuesday evening.
The proposal requires a zone change from residential low density to institutional zone in order for Anglican Homes Inc. to expand living accommodations and supportive services to the facilities currently at St. Luke’s Homes. No letters of opposition either through email or written correspondence were received by the city according to
St. John’s Coun. Frank Galgay who chaired the public meeting.
Residents from just two neighbouring properties attended the meeting, only one of which raised any concerns at all. Ben Vallis raised some concern over an increase in height restrictions that would be allowed by the rezoning, but mainly expressed his worry about a possible increase in trafficm which he said is already very problematic on Road DeLuxe as it is.
“It’s a very busy intersection especially at breakfast time and suppertime and there’s a lot of screeching of tires,” said Vallis, adding he wasn’t suggesting the current traffic issues were caused by St. Luke’s Homes.
“You literally are taking your life in your hands when you’re trying to get out of Pratt Place there if you’re trying to make a left turn,” he said.
Unrelated traffic issues aside, other concerns seemed easily quelled by a spokesman for the Anglican Homes Inc. Galgay encouraged anybody who had concerns, questions or even suggestions for the St. Luke’s Homes expansion to speak with the proponent who Galgay described as “very sensitive” to the concerns of neighbours.
St. Luke’s Homes first opened in 1965. A printout given at the meeting said the complex has seen several expansions since it first opened.
St. Luke’s provides residents with a choice of apartment, cottage, ambulatory care, nursing care and support services.
A report will be done up from the public meeting held Tuesday, the results of which will be presented to council for consideration prior to voting on the rezoning application.