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Airport Heights lounge-application hearing to be held in January at St. John's city hall

The owner of this building at 75 Airport Heights Drive is seeking to rezone the land for a pub and eatery.
The owner of this building at 75 Airport Heights Drive is seeking to rezone the land for a pub and eatery. - Courtesy of Google Street View

Pleasantville seniors' complex approved in principal

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. —

A contentious application to establish a pub and eatery in Airport Heights will be the subject of another public hearing next month at St. John’s City Hall.

Council members agreed at Monday's regular public meeting to adopt amendments to its municipal plan and development regulations. This allows for the rezoning of a property at 75 Airport Heights Dr. that was last used as a daycare centre. The owner wants to set up a lounge at the site.

The proposal has received mixed reaction from the public. While some residents are supportive, others have expressed concerns about the business, particularly in relation to potential parking problems, increased noise, decreased property values, increased vandalism and litter, rodents and the potential for traffic problems in light of its proximity to a school and a seniors’ complex. 

A public hearing to seek input on the proposal as a discretionary use for the land will be held Jan. 16, 2020 at 7 p.m. at city hall.

Seniors' apartments approved for Pleasantville

St. John's council gave its approval-in-principle Monday for a proposed seniors' apartment complex in Pleasantville.

The proposal for an eight-storey apartment building would exceed the limit of three storeys stipulated for land zoned institutional. However, that height can be increased to 10 storeys if a land use assessment report is completed, which the applicant did complete for the city.

The apartment building will have 101 units, up from an initial proposed total of 72 in a seven-storey building. According to a direction note included in the agenda for Monday's council meeting, residents at a public meeting earlier this fall expressed concerns about the proposed height, construction disruptions, traffic and parking, and the concentration of seniors in an area lacking services they need.


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