SAINT JOHN – Work on a new uptown development on Wentworth Street could start as soon as next month.
Developer Percy Wilbur told city council Monday night he hopes to start pouring concrete by March or April.
The seven-storey, 83-unit luxury apartment building will replace the former Gothic Arches church.
It’ll also include an underground parking lot with room for 80 cars and tenant storage.
The building will also feature things unlikely to be found in most Saint John apartment complexes, such as an Amazon package dropbox, electric car charging stations, a bicycle wash and repair station, a car wash, and even a dog wash.
A “pocket park” just behind the building has also been included in the plans. The small green space will feature a piece of public art commemorating the former church.
Council approved the first and second reading of the required rezoning and amendments Monday night. They will still have to go through third reading before the project is officially approved.
Staff say a sewer renewal will be required on Princess Street. The city is currently looking for funding from different levels of government to help with those upgrades.
Wilbur says the entire building could be constructed in 18 months.
He hopes to have it done and open by the summer of 2021.
Danielle McCreadie is a news reporter with CHSJ/Country 94, a Huddle content partner.