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Released December 13, 2006



  New Neighbourhood Parking Lot for Buckmaster's Circle

The Buckmaster’s Circle community now has a spacious new lot to help relieve pressure on area parking. The Honourable Paul Shelley, Minister of Human Resources, Labour and Employment and minister responsible for Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation (NLHC), and Shawn Skinner, MHA, St. John’s Centre, announced today that Pyramid Construction has just completed a $122,000 contract which saw the development of the new 50 vehicle parking lot in the Buckmaster’s Circle area of St. John’s Centre.

"Sufficient parking space continues to be a challenge for higher density neighbourhoods," said Minister Shelley. "I am pleased to note that this $122,000 investment by NLHC to create a new parking lot will help alleviate parking congestion for residents in the Buckmaster’s Circle community."

"This is a wonderful and much-needed development for the community," said Mr. Skinner. "When this neighbourhood was originally built back in the 1960s vehicle parking wasn’t as big an issue, but it has grown over the years, and obviously more people use vehicles now more than ever before, so this new parking lot will be greatly appreciated."

The 19,000 square foot parking lot will be available for the use of area residents. Construction work for the lot included leveling and grading the property, installing concrete walkways, curbs, gutters and a retaining wall, as well as paving and outlining the parking areas. All work for this project, which began in early November, has now been completed.

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Jenny Bowring
Communications Manager
Newfoundland and Labrador
Housing Corporation
709-724-3055
jmbowring@nsmail.nlhc.nf.ca
Ed Moriarity
Director of Communications
Department of Human Resources, Labour and Employment
709-729-4062, 728-9623
edmoriarity@gov.nl.c