Former Burger King restaurant in Summerside
Old making way for new as vacant buildings torn down
SUMMERSIDE - The former Burger King restaurant in downtown Summerside is now a memory.
The building, along with three vacant bait sheds on Holman’s Wharf, are being removed as new development plans are put in motion by the Summerside Regional Development Corporation.
Crews began tearing down the 45,000-square-foot building on Heather Moyse Drive, which closed its doors as a franchise in 2010 - after 25 years in operation. Owners noted at the time that it was closed because renewing the lease would have required $300,000 to $400,000 in renovations.
Arnold Croken, general manager of Summerside Regional Development Corporation, said there was no economically viable way to renovate the former restaurant into any kind of adaptive reuse.
“After taking the contractor through, we realized the extent of repair work that was required. The roof was in really bad shape and the building had no value. It would have required substantial renovations for today’s standards, costing thousands of dollars. We could see no other option,” said Croken.
The land will be cleared and replaced with landscaping until new building development plans are finalized.
Three fishermen’s bait sheds on Holman’s Wharf, which have been vacant for a considerable time, were also torn down.
Croken said empty buildings have a negative impact on the area and businesses close to them.
“It’s not good to see older buildings sitting empty, causing hazards, becoming unsightly, attracting trespassers and impacting the overall community standards,” he said.
Plans are being proposed for new development opportunities in both areas.