From the June 10th Minutes
1. A BIA for Churchill Square?
After the last incarnation folded due to lack of interest, there
is again a push by some Churchill square businesses to establish a
Business Improvement Area (BIA). The city previously allocated a
portion of business taxes from the local businesses to the BIA, and
may be able to do so again. On the radar of this (potential)
group: vacant buildings (which the city is looking into)
and the usual garbage/littering/loitering.
From the Planning Committee
2. New apartments: The
committee is recommending approval for a new 6-story apartment
building here on
Topsail Road across from the Village Mall.
3. Let's all go to the movies: Approval
was given for the new Empire Theatres on Hebron Way, up in the Stavanger area.
Other things on the go:
4. All hail our robot overlords: The
city is purchasing an automated ballot tabulation system that they
will use for the elections in September.
5. Laneway for sale: After concerns from
the neighbourhood regarding noise and loitering, the city is
offering to sell a pedestrian laneway on Anspatch Street in the West End
to the owners of one of the abutting houses.
From the June 25th meeting
6. Rezoning for housing: Staff recommended
to council that they approve a zoning change from commercial and
open space to residential to allow for a townhouse complex to be
built at Ruby Line and
7. More office space for Downtown West:
The owners of the Stantec
offices on Water Street are looking to build a 6-story
extension to the building on the
side facing George St. West. Planning recommended
that the process move ahead.
8. Scotiabank building looking to
grow: The owners of the Scotiabank building downtown on
Water Street are looking to build a 3-story extension. Reading the
plans, it sounds like It will be built over some of the concrete
plaza in front of the building. Development committee
9. More talk about mobile
vending: A notice of motion was filed for
the next council meeting that would remove the provision
allowing for the use of portable generators and remove the
restriction on mobile vending in the vicinity of the St. John's
Port Authority restaurants.
10. Another right-of-way for sale: The
City's solicitor recommends that they sell the former right-of-way,
between 101 and 103 New Cove
Road, to the owners of 101. Unlike the one from last week, this
one is no longer functioning as a public path.