St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
Pleasantville, a 64-acre (25.9-hectare) property located in the east end of St. John’s, is the site of a former U.S. and Canadian military base. Following the departure of the U.S. Armed Forces in the early 1950s, the property was occupied by the Department of National Defence (DND) until its sale to Canada Lands in 2006. At acquisition, the property contained a wide variety of buildings and facilities including administration buildings, officers’ mess, drill hall, garages and barracks.
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 and 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 numerous development blocks have been constructed upon.
Remaining lands in Phase 1 have been put on the market and various opportunities are being pursued, including the sale of lands through the Federal Lands Initiative. Led by the Canada Mortgage and 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.
Since, 2013, the regional marketplace has been negatively impacted by the ongoing decline of oil and resources. Canada Lands will complete the sale of the remaining Phase 1 lands, construct commemorative elements, complete the transfer of streets and services to the City and then dispose of the Phase 2 lands by way of a bulk sale to complete the project.