St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
In January 2006, Canada Lands Company acquired approximately 64 acres (25.9 hectares) located in the east end of the city of St. John’s at Pleasantville from the Department of National Defence (DND).
Pleasantville is the site of a former U.S. and Canadian military base in St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador that was constructed during the Second World War. Following the departure of the U.S. Armed Forces’ presence in the early 1950’s, the property was occupied by DND until its sale to Canada Lands.
At acquisition, the property contained a wide variety of buildings and facilities including administration buildings, officers’ mess, drill hall, garages and barracks.
DND acquired approximately 20 acres (8.1 hectares) from Canada Lands for the construction of a new armory and administration building which opened in 2014. Prior to completion of the new facility, DND leased a number of facilities from Canada Lands to support its ongoing operations in Newfoundland.
The current development concept, approved by the City of St. John’s in 2009, calls for a primarily residential development with a mix of housing types including townhomes, single family homes and apartment/condominium units. Recreation, open space and local commercial opportunities to complement the residential uses are also being integrated as components of the new ‘community’ approach at Pleasantville.
The new community also incorporates innovative infrastructure features, including a stormwater management system.
Phase 1 (eastern portion of the site) has had new services and roads installed and a number of the development blocks have been constructed upon.
Remaining lands in Phase 1 have been exposed to the market and various opportunities are being pursued, including the sale of various lands through the Federal Lands Initiative. Led by the Canadian Mortgage Housing Corporation (CMHC), the initiative is a partnership with Employment and Social Development Canada, Public Services and Procurement Canada and Canada Lands. The Initiative will provide $200 million over the next decade to support the transfer of surplus federal properties to eligible proponents at discounted to no-cost rates to encourage the development of affordable housing.
The regional market place has been negatively impacted by the decline in oil and resources since 2013. Implementation of Phase 2 work to complete the balance of development concept is currently under evaluation.