St. John's rejects Kilbride seniors building
St. John's, Canada
#1 Nov 4, 2010
Here is the situation: This is an instance where development has out-paced infrastructure. We have a very short, narrow, access road to get off the hill and onto the highway. This creates a dangerous bottleneck effect with traffic backing up in both directions. There are no sidewalks and no room for sidewalks to be built. Because of inadequate drainage (storm sewers), we have problems with run-off flooding and icing (depending on the time of year.) This would certainly be worsened if the green space in the middle of the hill were paved over and a 3 story building erected. The quote in the news story refers to the fact that the developer wanted to build an "assisted-living seniors' complex". Studies have shown that such facilities are best located in an area where the topography is flat, it is close to amenities and public transit and where there are sidewalks and walkways separate from vehicular traffic. None of those criteria are met here.(btw there has already been one pedestrian who was struck and killed by a vehicle at this interesection - that person was a senior.) What further evidence do you need to demonstrate that the infrastructure deficit here must be rectified before the area can support any further development?
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