Robert Snook, mayor of this small town that sits just off the Trans Canada Highway, and across the road from Come By Chance, says that of the 287 dwellings in Sunnyside, 110 are rental properties.
Many of them were occupied by temporary workers — who had jobs on the construction site at Bull Arm. They’ve now have packed their bags and left, leaving the houses vacant.
While there are still some renters — people who are working on the new transmission line being built across the province — Snook says the departure of the GBS meant a big difference in the community.
" I see a big difference in the traffic . . . there's still some properties occupied by people working on the pole lines . . . but when they're gone, and I guess that's going to only last another few months, we'll be back to where we were before any of this started, with just the local residents. It's going to be a big difference,” he said.
Not all of the empty houses have the same story.
Residents Rex and Daphne Coish have lived in Sunnyside for the past 40 years. The hope to sell their two-story home on Main Road, overlooking the water at Centre Cove, to move into a small house in the town; downsizing in retirement.
"The two of us grew up here, went to school here, had our kids here. We built a retirement home and put this up for sale, but we know there's nothing moving right now," Rex explained.
"A lot of properties here for sale . . . typical out-port Newfoundland. This is a retirement area."
Rex, who says he has worked in construction industry for 30 years, worked as a scaffolder on the Hebron project.
He says the 'boom-and-bust' cycle is the norm for Newfoundland and Labrador.
"That's Newfoundland as a whole — boom and bust. It seems like we can't keep anything constant here work wise.
" I've been working 30 years in construction and that's the way it's been. You get four or five good year's home, then you got to go wherever you can get work."
It’s not hard to miss the landmark that was the GBS.
Towards the end of its construction, it was visible from pretty well every point in Sunnyside, the town where every home has an ocean view.
"It was constantly there; when you sit at your kitchen table, there it was out the window. At night it was always lit up. You were always aware of it," said Mayor Snook.
"And now it's gone. They just removed all the tension buoys, and it's just like it was never ever anything there."