Letter to the editor -
I write concerning the City of St. John's approval of a Temperence Street development. When I viewed the pictures of the proposed development and extension, the roofs were flat and did not have anything on them.
This caused me immediate concern because of my previous knowledge of the same developers when they developed the St. Joseph's property off Signal Hill Road. Their philosophy seems to be to ask forgiveness rather than permission.
What actions might we expect in the future? What use could be made of such a flat, clear roof?
Maybe a place to locate duct work for the building?
Perhaps sightseeing overlooking the harbour while relaxing in a jacuzzi or hot tub?
Nine-foot towers on each end to accommodate a staircase or elevator to get people to the roof?
Next comes a 42-inch railing around the roof, required by city regulations to prevent people falling from the roof. All would interfere with sight lines and view planes but not increase the height of the building.
Possibly all within the regulations.