In 2006, Canada Lands acquired the Pleasantville property from Public Services and Procurement Canada. The property is in the east end of St. John’s
The site (64 acres/25.9 hectares) is a former American and Canadian military base that was built during the Second World War. At acquisition, the property contained a wide variety of buildings and facilities. The Department of National Defence retained approximately 20 acres/8.1 hectares for the construction of a new armory and administration building, which opened in 2014.
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 and single-family homes, apartment and condominium units, open space, local commercial and recreational opportunities, and a stormwater management system.
Phase 1 (eastern portion of the site) had new services and roads installed and several development blocks have been constructed, including an affordable housing project which created 45 units.