FAMOUS SAINT JOHNERS MOVE TO UP-AND-COMING UPTOWN NEIGHBOURHOOD

-Thandi owners move tribute mural from Canterbury Street to new Union Street location-

April 21, 2020 – SAINT JOHN, NB — With the construction of the new Telegraph building, a six-story mixed commercial and residential development about to start next to Thandi Restaurant on Canterbury Street, restaurant owners Holly and Kenny Singh will move the paintings of famous Saint Johners on the side of the Thandi building.

The paintings will be removed the morning of Tuesday, 21-Apr and will be installed in their new location at 154 Union Street in the coming days as weather permits. Safe worksite practices and COVID-19 distancing requirements will be respected during the move.

The paintings recognize 8 famous Saint John figures: poet Alden Nowlan, pilot Daphne H. Patterson, visual artist Fred Ross, film producer Louis B. Mayer, actor Walter Pidgeon, actor Donald Sutherland, musician Stompin’ Tom Connors, and visual artist Miller Brittain. They were painted by Grand Manan artist Sarah Griffin.

“We’re thrilled the artwork will have a new home at our Union Street building,” said Holly Singh, owner of Singh Dining group of restaurants. Holly and her husband Kenny purchased the former Union Street fire station building in 2018. The extensively renovated building features ground-floor retail space and upper-floor residential units.

“When Kenny and I opened Thandi, we were some of the early investors in the Canterbury Street revitalization,” said Holly. “And now we’re thrilled to be part of bringing new life to another Uptown commercial area.”

“Holly and Kenny are passionate Saint John investors and generous volunteers,” said Steve Carson, CEO of Develop Saint John. Development Saint John is covering the cost to move these pieces of public art to their new location.“The Singhs have been key players in the growth of our city. Their investment in the Union Street location shows loads of confidence in our Uptown. Seeing the paintings move from Thandi’s wall to Union Street – well, it’s encouraging and also symbolic of the expansion of growth and interest in our Uptown core,” Carson added.

“Look around the streets Uptown and you’ll witness a real, tangible renaissance happening,” Carson said. “We’re seeing more and more interest from people who want to live and work in our city’s central core, and with that comes more and more investment opportunity. The Telegraph Building at Canterbury, all the activity on Union – and throughout the city, in fact. It’s clear that deals are getting done in Saint John.”

 

About Develop Saint John www.developsaintjohn.com

Develop Saint John’s mission is to grow the tax base in Saint John by relentlessly creating and seizing strategic real estate opportunities and getting deals done. Its mandate is to grow the City’s tax base and improve the quality of life for citizens. It is led by a volunteer Board of Directors made up of government, community leaders, and private sector representatives.

 

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For further information:

Christine Gilliland
Develop Saint John
(506) 343-5154 |chris@wayupsolutions.com