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OpenAire is building a 65mx6m (203ft x 20ft) long series of retraceable roof restaurant patio enclosures. The connected units extend the seating areas of seven (7) adjacent restaurants/bars.

The transformation is part of a $27-million investment to prepare the Fundy Quay site for development and renew some of the public space in uptown Saint John.

“The public space in and around Fundy Quay, the new development on the Saint John waterfront, is getting an updated name: Ihtoli-maqahamok.

Meaning “the gathering space” in the Wolastoqey language, the name points to the area’s importance throughout history.

“We feel the name suits the site and suits the history of the site,” Coun. David Hickey, chair of the civic commemoration committee, said before council voted on the name Monday night.

A background report on the name resolution said the public space at the foot of King Street has had various names over the years, including Market Slip, the Boardwalk, and Loyalist Plaza.”

The Saint John city website said the reimagined space includes a skating rink, indoor and outdoor patios, a concert stage, space for craft and food vendors, and waterfront access.

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