The sprawling Galway development in St. John’s bordering the TCH and Mount Pearl is effectively stalled, and developer Danny Williams can’t figure out why.
He says staff at City Hall will not give his company the necessary permits to continue work until he waives his right to take the city to court. He has no plans to do so, but says it’s not an avenue which he is prepared to sign away under duress.
He says there have been only 14 Development Agreements for all of St. John’s over a 30-year period, yet city staff are demanding 16 from Galway alone. He has already spent $95-million, and has a waiting list for people wishing to buy lots but work is unable to proceed.
For example, he says he has been told that if a city snowplow goes in and damages a street or is negligent, that the city will not be responsible. He says he has been backed into a corner as St. John’s is imposing demands which are outside the law.
He wants the courts to order the city to stop tying development agreements to potential legal action.
St. John’s is preparing a defense, but Mayor Danny Breen would not comment further.