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Past Projects

Since the organization began, we have always been involved with a number of projects, initiatives, and programs designed to aid in promoting, developing, and maintaining the downtown area as the heart of the city. A few of our past projects have included the following:

Downtown Revitalization Program 1999

George Street from Queen Street to Adelaide Street. Solomon's Lane. $161,000.

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George Street from Adelaide Street to Queen Street, both sides; installation of new concrete bands of paving stones, underground electrical conduit, and decorative lights poles.
Solomon’s Lane upgraded with new steps and walkway, decorative lighting, paving stones, and decorative railing.
Water Street from Prescott Street east to War Memorial, north side; new concrete, paving stones, underground conduit, and decorative light poles.

The George Street project cost $31,000.

The Solomon's Lane project cost $130,000.

Downtown Revitalization Program 1998

Water Street from Queen Street to Prescott Street $440,000.

Water Street from Queen Street east to Prescott Street, both sides; installation of fifty new decorative lamp poles, traffic poles at intersections.

The cost of this portion of the program was $440,000.

Downtown Revitalization Program 1997

Street Furniture Program $40,000

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City Council and Downtown St. John’s agree to defer scheduled work to minimize disruption during the 1997 Cabot Celebrations. Downtown St. John’s invests approximately $28,000.00 in new street furniture for Water Street. City Council agrees to direct $14,000.00 in surplus from 1996 toward this purchase. Over $40,000.00 of new decorative garbage containers, benches, and outdoor flower planters are purchased for placement throughout the downtown.

Downtown Revitalization Program 1996

Water Street from Solomon's Lane to Prescott Street $160,000

Water Street from Solomon’s Lane east to Prescott Street; Water Street from Waldegrave Street east to Adelaide Street, south side; upgraded new concrete, bands of paving stones, and installation of underground electrical conduit.

Duckworth Street from Cochrane Street east to Cavendish Square, north side, upgraded new concrete and bands of paving stones.

This portion of the program cost $160,000.

Downtown Revitalization Program 1995

Water Street from Beck's Cove to Prescott Street $300,000

Water Street from Beck’s Cove east to Prescott Street, south side; Water Street from Beck’s Cove east to Solomon’s Lane, north side; upgraded with new concrete, bands of paving stones, and installation of underground electrical conduit.

This portion of the program cost $300,000.

Downtown Revitalization Program 1994

Duckworth Street from Prescott Street to Cochrane Street $300,000

Duckworth Street from Prescott Street east to Cochrane Street, north and south sides redone with new concrete, bands of paving stones, installation of trees, planters, and decorative garbage receptacles. The total cost of this portion of the Revitalization Program was $300,000.

Recent Projects

Recently, three open space projects were completed in the downtown core. The cost of these three projects was $800,000.00, with Downtown St. John’s contribution at $240,000.00. The other partners in the open space projects included the City of St. John’s, ACOA, Grand Concourse, and Fortis Properties (Fortis for the Prescott St. project only).

Open Space Revitalization Program - Prescott Street Corner

Angel's Corner Parkette $252,500

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Since it was first completed, the Prescott St. project has been embellished and renamed Angel’s Corner. Angel’s Corner draws attention to preventing violence against women, and it was an initiative of Downtown St. John’s, City of St. John’s, Government of NL, and the Nunatsiavut Government.

The cost of this project was $252,500.

St. John’s Trolley Line

Step on, Step off Trolley Service from June to September

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The St. John’s Trolley is a new 'Step on, Step off’ transportation option that will service the downtown core, major hotels (the Sheraton and the Delta), historic sites, and other visitor attractions in the surrounding area from June 25th to August 31st, 2014. Look for the Trolley Stop (sign) at Signal Hill National Historic Site, The Johnson Geo Centre, The Commissariat Provincial Historic Site, The Rooms, The Newman Wine Vaults, Provincial Historic Sites, The Railway Coastal Museum, Water Street, and The City of St. John’s Visitor Centre on Water St.
Price at $5 a day for an individual and $20 a day for a family, this route shrinks the size of the Downtown St. John’s core providing an affordable, accessible, and convenient transportation option.

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Open Space Revitalization Program -Constabulary Court

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary Memorial Parkette $335,000

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Thanks to the Open Spaces project, the park has a new stone wall with a wrought iron fence, brick work, furniture, landscaping, and the centre piece is a bronze statute of an RNC officer in period clothing holding a lantern and leading a lost girl to safety. The park was opened by the Governor General of Canada and was part of the Freedom of the City Ceremony given to the RNC.

The cost of this project was $335,000.

Open Space Revitalization Program - New Gower Street

New Gower Street at Queen Street Parkette $212,500

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Thanks to the Open Spaces project, new brick, lighting, furniture, stone walls, and landscaping has revitalized the New Gower Street area.

The cost of this project was $212,500.