As a city resident of the city-owned Riverhead Towers, I write to applaud and congratulate the city of St. John’s on its effort to ease congestion in our entrance/exit way, to allow for the smooth run of pedestrian traffic into and out of the building.
To put Riverhead Towers in some context: it is a centrally located two-bedroom, 65-unit apartment complex located in the heart of St. John’s. It is serviced by two elevators, has caretaking staff and laundry facilities, the parking lot and disabled areas are plowed and maintained, each unit is assigned a storage area in the basement and there is understandably a lengthy waiting list to secure apartments here.
It also has a large recreation room with a fridge, stove, utensils and plenty of seating, and for all those amenities, we are charged a reasonable rent.
In addition, the main lobby has recently been renovated and features new mailboxes as well as a security staff office in the building’s vestibule.
Also, new seating (leather) for the building’s waiting area has been ordered for those requiring a seat while they wait for a ride. On the whole, the city has been openly generous and obliging in its operations of the building.
The city, however, reserves the right to mange and administer the building as it sees fit, and is in fact the landlord.
Its authority in the daily operation of this 65-unit complex has to be recognized and respected by each tenant and their guests.
Otherwise, the building itself would slide into anarchy, vigilantism and law-of-the-jungle rule.
Accordingly, if a tenant decides that he or she does not want to follow the written lease agreement and/or any other rules prescribed by the appropriate city staff, then a mere one month’s notice is all that is required before quickly decamping with one’s hat, coat, pots, pans, kettles and cans.
Talk about a tempest in a teapot — oh my!