“I am just back doing what I like to do . . . creating employment and just making Newfoundland and Labrador a better place to be,” Williams told the Toronto Star yesterday. “And I actually mean that, that’s not political bull—- I’m giving you here. I’m being quite honest with you.” Williams is the sole developer of a nearly 1,000-hectare multi-use development planned for the west end of St. John’s – land which is currently only used by his Glendenning Golf Course. “It’s a town within a city. That’s what it’s going to be,” he said, adding that he is awaiting “very routine” approvals on zoning before submitting a master plan to the city. The development would reportedly be worth almost $5 billion and take 20 years to complete – but does require the approval and regulatory amendments from the city and the province. For his part, St. John’s Mayor Dennis O’Keefe, whose city council is favourable to the project, says that he expects provincial approval could come by January. Click here to see an image approximating the size of the proposed development, with Gander superimposed next to it for comparison, courtesy of The Official St. John’s Project Thread.
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