Local businessman Glen Clarke is looking to build a motel and restaurant on the corner of Jamie’s Way and Veterans Memorial Highway, plus what’s being billed as a retail office mall. Both projects would be built in close proximity to the new Danny Cleary Community Centre if they proceed.
Meanwhile, the former site of Cuff’s Pub could potentially reopen as a pub and eatery. The property at 110 Water Street has not been used as a business for years. Under the current proposal before the town, the operator, Leonard S. Farrell, would run it as a home-based business and live upstairs.
Coun. Tony McCarthy, chair of the capital and public works committee, noted the town has not received any detailed plans about the proposed motel, therefore the town could only offer an approval in principle.
“I guess we would have to look at what conditions would be put in place there,” he said. “You’d also have to consider Service NL, access to the land off Jamie’s Way, Transportation and Works. In terms of approval in principle, pending the plan approvals, I can make a motion for approval in principle, but we’re a long ways away from final approval.”
The mall with retail and office space was deferred to the town’s housing committee in light of its location, according to McCarthy.
“We need to look at that in closer detail as a council,” he said.
Glen Clarke is also the proprietor of Clarke’s Furniture, Appliances & Flooring in Harbour Grace.
As for the proposed pub and eatery, McCarthy said it would be considered a discretionary use of the property. Council voted to consider it under those terms, with the applicant now required to advertise their intentions to operate the business. McCarthy also asked that an extra effort be made to let residents in the area know about it.