Coun. Danny Breen, who represents the neighbourhood on St. John’s city council, said the application was rejected because the area has no water and sewer service, and the road is too narrow for emergency vehicles. The Muslim Association would have to pay for both before it could build on the land.
“I wouldn’t be able to guess, but it’s a significant dollar value,” Breen said. “And the city’s requirement is that’s done by the developers of the property. It’s difficult to go outside of that because once you make one exception, you certainly set a precedent for others.”