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Old Posted Mar 14, 2012, 6:26 PM
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Developer Defends Rejected Proposal

The man behind a bid to build a seniors' complex in Kilbride, twice rejected by the St. John's City Council says he may end up taking the capital to court. Shawn Callahan says his company has become the whipping boy for traffic problems created by the city.

He called VOCM Backtalk with Paddy Daly yesterday to say that the traffic issues on Bay Bulls Road weren't created by him. He says local residents used his development to put pressure on city council to do something about the traffic congestion at the bottom of Richmond Hill.

Callahan says most of the development's 69 residents would be in their 80s and 90s and won't be driving. Callahan says he will discuss further options with his lawyer.

City Well Aware of Traffic Problems: Duff

The Deputy Mayor of St. John's says the traffic problem that exists on Bay Bulls Road, was well-known to the city before the proposed Kilbride Seniors' Complex grabbed the attention of area residents. On VOCM Backtalk with Paddy Daley, Shawn Callahan, the project's developer, said people in the neighbourhood used the issue to pressure St. John's about the traffic congestion at the bottom of Richmond Hill. Shannie Duff says the city knows that is a seriously dysfunctional intersection, but it is only one factor in the city's decision to oppose the complex.

Duff says that intersection problem is not as high a priority for the city's capital works budget as other areas. She also says that the traffic congestion problem is just one of many concerns the city had about putting the complex in the area the developer was proposing.
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