SAINT JOHN – We now know what developers have in mind for the former Gothic Arches site.
Renderings of the seven-storey, 83 unit apartment building have finally been unveiled by developer Percy Wilbur and Tower Contracting Inc.
The building will be larger and taller than many of the surrounding residential homes but will stay true to the neighbourhood’s Gothic and Victorian architecture.
It will also feature an underground parking lot with 76 stalls, along with secure locker storage for tenants and video surveillance.
The proposal says it will likely be made of red brick, much like many of the buildings uptown, with sandstone walls and black framed windows.
Many of the apartments will have exterior balconies, according to the designs.
Tower Contracting says it will be filling a gap in the housing market by building more units uptown, which is currently facing an all-time low for vacancies.
“Given the loss of a long-standing community use, a commemorative public space would be an appropriate benefit,” the proposal reads.
The company also wants to build a small park behind the building, which would be home to a piece of public art, possibly made out of recycled materials from the former Church.
A commemorative plaque will also be installed.
The land will have to be rezoned from a neighbourhood community facility to high-rise residential before work can begin. A height amendment will also have to be made.
The proposal will come before the city’s Planning Advisory Committee on Tuesday.
Danielle McCreadie is a reporter with CHSJ/Country 94, a Huddle content partner.