Friday, June 12, 2009

Tribute to a Great Blog

I found a flower on top of a garbage can on the boardwalk, just outside the Hilton, and thought of My Saint John, one of my favourite blogs, where scenes normally overlooked are captured and described with a certain amount of wit. I'm not sure I'm doing the blog justice by doing my own bit, but I wanted to try...

As for the discarded flower above, I'm not sure how it found it's way to the garbage can, but the discarder obviously didn't want to put it right in with the smelly coffee cups and greasy fast food cartons. I have come up with a few ways this flower ended up here instead of a vase:
  1. It was given to someone by an admirer; but she didn't share the same sentiment. On the way home, it was quickly and carefully left behind
  2. It was bought by an admirer; but the admired didn't share the same sentiment. Embarassed, the romantic giver left it behind, but paid too much to just toss it into the can
  3. It was given to somone, who was so overcome with passion after receiving it, they immediately embraced, and completely forgot about the poor flower

Market Steel

Taken a couple of days ago, these pictures show the steel coming together at the Market Square expansion. Since then, the crane has disappeared. Meanwhile, the crane at Chateau Saint John has been in place for about a year.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

New Articulated Buses

An articulated bus, similar to the two Saint John Transit
purchased, makes a trial run through Saint John streets last year.
Last year, Saint John Transit began arrangements to purchase two new acordian-style buses for the successful Comex service between Saint John and KV, and Hampton. Due to the need to retrofit the slightly-used buses with seats, the buses have taken some time to make it to Saint John for regular service. In an e-mail received from Saint John Transit, I found the buses have been delayed until August, though initially they were due to begin service this month.

Busy Area

In the background, work continues on the Princess Street reconstruction, as workers in the foreground appear to be making repairs to a building on Prince William Street.

Monday, June 8, 2009

NBCC Hits the Jackpot

Today, representatives for the government, and the NBCC student body unveiled plans for two new buildings. A 90 000-square foot building will be built at the NBCC campus on Grandview Avenue, while a 40 000-square foot building is slated for the UNB campus which will house the various medical programs at the college.

Above, the larger building, known as the energy building will sit at the front of the NBCC campus. Below, the smaller building, known as the allied health centre will be constructed at UNB.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Colourful Parking Garage

The proposal for an 8-level parking garage (7 above ground) to compliment the Peel Plaza development was unveiled today during an info session at the arts centre. Neither the colourful building, nor the layout of Peel Plaza brought out any major complaints, though there were a few miscellaneous concerns brought up during the Q&A session.

One person sitting next to me seemed to echo my thoughts with regards to the ability to develop the building above the parking garage. With the current design, only two additional floors may be added, which is IMO not acceptable. Hopefully a developer will come by before the plan is finalized with the potential to develop this central location with something more significant atop the garage, whether a hotel, apartments, or commercial space.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Peel Plaza Widens

Peel Plaza, the location chosen for the new police headquarters and parking garage is getting bigger, as another building bites the dust. Lets hope more development happens here than just the station, courthouse and parking garage. There has been talk about a possible apartment building to be placed on top of the garage.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Forest Hills - Mountain View Drive Projects

Built in the late 1980s, Mountain View Drive was created, an extension to Mountain Road in Forest Hills. It remained a long empty road until recently as Carlisle Crescent, Casey Crescent, Taylor College, and Revenue Canada were added.

Now, two different housing develoments are under construction on the opposite side of the street, condominiums and garden homes, both by Darling.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Market Square Steel

The structure of the Market Square expansion rises quickly with the recent addition of a crane to the site. Nearby, the Hilton is replacing the walkway which had began to crack over the past couple of years.

Canaport LNG

The tanks of Canaport LNG, seen above, have become a common sight from Mispec Park. According to the Canaport LNG website (, the project is 95% complete.

Rockwood Hills

One of the latest subdivisions of the many under construction in Millidgeville, as well as one of the most visible, is the new Rockwood Hills, off University Avenue. Already, foundations have been poured for some of the buildings in this development.

NBCC Building

Construction on a new 9000-square metre building for the UNBSJ campus has begun; this building will house the medical related programs at NBCC. As the regional hospital is a stone's throw away, this move makes logical sense.

In addition, a new 25 000-square metre building is slated for the current NBCCSJ campus, which is currently undergoing design work. I heard the folks at NBCC were given a choice, have the building designed to optimize the space or have the building done quick. I believe the building will be done quick, with construction starting sometime soon.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Forest Hills Condos

Workers are readying the site on Mountain View Drive in Forest Hills for one of Darling Construction's newest projects.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Long Wharf Test Piling

Irving Oil begins site preparation for it's new headquarters on Long Wharf by driving test piles to determine the composition of the ground.

Friday, May 8, 2009

McAllister Place Reaches New Heights

Much of the older portion of the ceiling at McAllister Place has been removed in order for a new, higher ceiling to be installed. Shoppers will likely find more changes in the months to come as the mall continues with extensive renovations.

Market Square Switching Gears

The expansion of Market Square which began last month is now going strong as a construction crane gets ready for lifting the steel which will make up the new part of the building.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Bentley Crossing Phase 3

The popular Bentley Crossing housing development continues to develop Northward as the next phase begins to take shape. The developers have had no problem selling homes; for each phase of the development so far, it appears most, if not all units have been pre-sold, or sold upon construction.

Eastpoint Getting Ready for Cosco

Workers and equipment have been on and around the site of the new Cosco which is supposed to open sometime next year. Every day the hill keeps getting smaller as the ground is levelled.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Chipman Hill Renos

Chipman Hill Suites (above), is renovating it's newest addition; the attached storefront on Union Street (left), was recently redone. The picture below shows the outsode condition of the building over a year ago.

1st Annual sjkid Fair

Sjkid held a fair at the new cruise ship welcome centre building at Pugsley Wharf today. This was a good opportunity for kids and parents to connect with resources for families in the area.

This was also a good opportunity to visit the inside of the new building, which was recently constructed. The fair wasn't just informative; there was music, facepainting, food, crafts, and more.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Near Long Wharf

Fishing boats docked at Long Wharf as seen from Harbour Passage near the Market Square boardwalk.

Saint John Theatre Company

Last year, Saint John Theatre Company moved into their new pad on Princess Street. Renovations continue on the upper portion of the building. Half a block to the East, and a block
to the West, the city is also busy reconstructing the street, burying utilities in the process.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Construction This Week

This week, renovations have begun in McAllister Place Mall, as the owners look to put a fresh look on the place. Centrebeam has moved it's focus to the corner building (King and Prince William), as scaffolding has risen the length and width of the exterior. The Chipman Hill Suites, next to the city hall parking garage has been fixing up it's recently aquired building on the corner beside the original property; new windows and exterior repairs are bringing the worn-out building back to life. Market Square expansion continues with initial preparations being done to the existing structure. Chateau Saint John has nearly reached it's final height, as outside finishes are added. The West-side retail renewal pushes-on as Lancaster Mall continues with renovations, and BNG Plaza continues with construction.

Within a month, Harbourfront Residences should begin work on Prince William Street, and the Abbey may not be far behind.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Think You Can Dance?

So You Think You Can Dance Canada is holding auditions today at the Imperial Theatre. Five Canadian cities have been chosen to hold auditions for the second season: Vancouver, Edmonton, Saint John, Toronto, and Montreal.

Trade & Convention Centre Goes Wild

Little Ray's reptile Zoo spent last weekend in Saint John at the trade and convention centre in Market Sqaure. Hundreds got to see first hand, alligators, snakes, wild birds, and other creatures on hand. Kids and adults were given a chance to touch a giant snake, and the aligator pictured above following a demonstration.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Harbour Bridge Repairs

Work continues on the Harbour Bridge as crews continue modifications to structural components, and improve aesthetics.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Something New for Mercantile Centre?

Ever since Matteo's and Labatts left the main level of the Mercantile Centre along the pedway to Harbour Station, this area has been left vacant...until now. I'm not sure what type of development this is, but with office space at a premium uptown, it will likely house the same.

How Much is that Dog in the Window?

Travelling down Union Street, I found this puppy in the window of a local shop.

Market Square Expansion

Hardman Group has started construction on the 40 000-square foot expansion to Market Square in order to house the growing Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories Inc.

"Genesys is now working with The Hardman Group Limited to design and create a modern office space that is large enough to accommodate their current needs while allowing for future growth. Construction on the new three-story addition to Market Square will commence immediately and will be completed by the end of 2009. Genesys employees will enjoy the benefits of being located near the waterfront in Uptown Saint John; including easy access to the Harbour Passage and the indoor pedestrian pedway link to restaurants, shopping, services and fitness facilities." (

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

"Google Car" Breaks for a Double-Double

Seen around town for about a week now, the Google car has been taking street level photos for Google maps. If you see this car go by, be sure to wave; you might be seen by all once the photos are finally published. Google is currently mapping major Canadian centres as it finally adds Canada to it's places where street-level photos can be seen online.

Below are cities where Google will be filming:

  • Calgary
  • Edmonton
  • Halifax
  • Montreal
  • Ottawa
  • Quebec City
  • Saint John
  • Saskatoon
  • Toronto
  • Vancouver
  • Winnipeg

Monday, April 13, 2009

$51.8 Million for Sewage Treatment

Quebec based Pomerleau Inc. was recently awarded the contract for the new East side water treatment plant which will treat much of the water that now flows into the harbour. This new plant will be located in Redhead.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

One Mile Interchange

Construction on the one mile interchange slowed to a stop over the Easter weekend as the equipment pictured above takes a quick rest. Started last year, the project is forcasted to take four-years and cost $43.5 million. Already, one used car dealer has moved to make room for the extra lanes on Loch Lomond Road, and Tim Horton's on Russel Street will likely move to Bayside Drive in order to make room for extra roadways.

Renovated School Building

This old school building on Bayside Drive is undergoing renovations in order to become office space. The new, fresh look can be seen in contrast to the old, worn look in these pictures.

I've heard the building is owned by commercial properties, and Irving Oil may be a tenant, though this may be incorrect. If any reader knows for sure, feel free to comment.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Good Friday

At around 10 PM Friday night, the moon rose out of the Southeast catching the sunrise somewhere on earth. As seen from the uptown, the moon ironically appeared over the Redhead area in it's pictured form for several minutes before returing to it's usual colour.