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.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Coming Soon: Harbourfront Residences

I finally paid a visit to the sales office for the new Harbourfront Residences condo project on Water Street. With most of the North building sold, construction will begin "as soon as the frost is out of the ground". I'm guessing we'll see some activity at that site soon, given the developers are certain they want to break ground as soon as possible. This will be a great addition to the area, bringing hundreds of new residents to the uptown area. With this project, with Abbey St. Andrew, and with other apartment complexes slated for the area, comes the potential for a central-located grocery store.