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Former premier Danny Williams is naming his massive new real estate development in Southlands after his mother.
It’s been officially called Glencrest up until now — and unofficially known as Dannyland — but Williams said that as work ramps up, it was time to put a fresh brand and a meaningful name on it.
Galway is his mother’s maiden name, and Williams said he hopes it will also evoke a connection with the Irish roots of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians.
“Hopefully, some of the luck of the Irish will be with us in this project,” he said.
Williams’ mother, Teresita, was at the announcement Monday morning.
She said it means a lot to her to have her name put on the project.
“It’s amazing,” she said. “You know, he’s always a clever boy, and always, thank God, very successful.”
She said she likes things a whole lot better now that he’s no longer premier.
“I never thought I’d see him premier, and I thanked the great God when he got out of it,” she said.
Williams said that the first phase of the Galway project is already underway, and part of the reason for doing the rebranding now is that the project will kick into high gear this spring.
“We’re off and running,” he said.
“A lot of people are asking questions, and of course there’s been some joking about ‘Dannyville’ and everything else — didn’t want people to think that’s where it was going.”
The first phase of things is a 150 acre space for industrial development, along with 120 acres for retail and space for new homes as well.
When its all said and done, Williams said there could be as many as 5,000 new residential units on the site.
Looking further into the future, he said that the plan is to build a planned community that draws people to it.
“We envisage neighbourhoods here with large open green spaces, connecting trails for walking, running and biking, a town square concept,” he said. “Perhaps even a local pub or two, or three, or four.”