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A 180-unit development is being proposed in the area of Heather Way and Grandview Avenue in east Saint John. Image: City of Saint John staff report

180-unit development proposed in east Saint John

By Brad Perry May 23, 2024 | 12:40 PM

Several apartment buildings and townhouses could be coming to an east Saint John neighbourhoood.

The city’s planning advisory committee has given its stamp of approval to a 180-unit development in the area of Heather Way and Grandview Avenue.

It would include 12 buildings with five townhouse units in each (60 units total) and five apartment buildings with 24 units in each (120 units total).

Bill Dunnett appeared before members of the planning advisory committee on Wednesday as part of his rezoning and subdivision application.

Dunnett, the president of Dunnett’s Landscaping, said he hopes to begin construction later this year, if the project is approved.

“The townhouses would start as early as this fall, but the apartment buildings, that is down the road,” Dunnett told the committee.

He is also working on an 11-building development on the other side of Heather Way. Four of those buildings are completed, with seven more still to be done.

Dunnett said crews are constructing one building per year, meaning it will likely be another six or seven years before apartment buildings start going up on the new site.

During Wednesday’s meeting, planning advisory committee members heard from a number of nearby residents.

The biggest concern raised related to stormwater runoff and how development on the site could impact neighbouring properties.

City bylaws require developers to limit post-development runoff to existing pre-development levels.

The rezoning and subdivision application will now head to Saint John council for a public hearing and approval.