Major Sherwood development gets green light

Dave Stewart
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A major housing development behind the Charlottetown Mall has been given the green light by city council.

It has taken three years to push it through and was the subject of three public meetings but the McQuaid family received unanimous support from council on its final concept plan on Tuesday night.

"I think everyone in Charlottetown is probably familiar with the property,'' said Coun. Rob Lantz, chair of planning.

For the past few years, the 15-acre property on Mount Edward Road has been the home of the Jack Frost children's winter festival and has also served as the home of the Sherwood Greens practice range and mini-golf.

Over the next few years, the property will be home to — two 32-unit apartment buildings, one 60-unit apartment building, one community care building with a maximum of 90 rooms and 8,000 square feet of commercial space, one 48-unit apartment building, one 24-unit apartment building, 37 townhouse units and 14 semi-detached units.

It's a rather large property, which the city has zoned comprehensive development, meaning council has some control over how it gets developed.

"We require a concept plan right up front,'' Lantz said. "The developer sort of has an eye towards getting a development where people can move from one form of living to another as they age. They might be able to stay on the same property.''

As for the commercial space in the community care building, it appears at the moment like that will be some sort of health-care service, like a pharmacy.

"People in the surrounding communities have been quite supportive and invested in the new housing options that will be available there.''

The concept plan goes right into the development agreement itself as well as the bylaw.

Lantz said the McQuaid family, which includes well-known developer Clifford McQuaid, has done a great job of addressing the city's concerns over the property.

One of those concerns was the number of access roads from the development onto what people refer to as the 'Towers Road', which runs behind the mall onto Mount Edward Road.

"They've reduced the number of access roads onto Towers Road. There will be no way for people to cut through the development as a shortcut to avoid the (traffic) lights on Mount Edward Road. That's a concern because, apparently, people did it in the past . . . gone through the parking lot that exists there now.''

Lantz said the project will be a phased approach, meaning it will likely take a few years before its complete.

Work is expected to begin fairly soon.

dstewart@theguardian.pe.ca

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Geographic location: Mount Edward Road, Charlottetown, Sherwood Greens Towers Road

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  • smart development
    November 16, 2012 - 11:20

    Hopefully these buildings will be built to last. City council must mandate that any multi-unit building having 4 units or more should have a concrete and steel frame and should have a brick exterior - no exceptions. And likewise city council must mandate that there should be engineered stormwater retention ponds built into this property so that if a heavy rainfall occurs, not one drop of surface water should find its way into the city's over-taxed storm sewer system. And finally, all plumbing fixtures should be either low flow (e.g. toilets, washing machines, shower heads, etc.) or zero flow (urinals). This should be the new development norm. No more cheap wood framed apartment buildings and seniors homes. No more paving and hardening the ground surface without regard to storm water. No more unnecessary water use. MAKE IT HAPPEN COUNCIL !!!! Developers make millions off these developments and we taxpayers end up subsidizing their shortcomings. Enforce some stricter regulations for once.

    • to SMART DEVELOPMENT
      November 16, 2012 - 15:30

      Sure hope there's someone in a decision making position that listens to suggestions like yours!

  • ricky lake
    November 16, 2012 - 10:15

    Where is the affordable housing going to be? Where will low-income families, the "working poor" live?

  • Jakolin
    November 16, 2012 - 07:33

    This is a beautiful concept! However, it still brings me to think, where is the affordable housing for the younger people with families? Over and over again we are developing these homes for the elderly(which I am aware we needed new facilities) but we also need more affordable housing not only for seniors but for the young families on PEI, Where are they??? These families would be able to pay a mortgage but thanks to the states we now have stricter regulations! So we are forced to pay rent to companies for homes that for the most part are filled with mold, landlords(not all of them!!!) who do not keep up the buildings and yet we pay 800 plus a month, alot with utilities extra for these places. Just like the seniors we are getting the short end of the stick when it comes to choices! Help us Ghiz, we are tired of sending our men away to work so we can pay for decent housing!!!

  • Jo
    November 16, 2012 - 07:21

    Any thoughts on making some of those low-income apartments?? It would be a convenient place for low income families.

  • VJL
    November 15, 2012 - 22:50

    Could someone explain how the Towers road is affected by this? Isn't it time for Spencer Dr. to be extended to Mt. Edward road?

    • jeremy
      November 16, 2012 - 10:24

      I agree - this unnamed private road for the shopping centre should be closed. Spencer Dr should be extended through to Mount Edward Rd. Move the lights down there to this new intersection.

    • The
      November 16, 2012 - 11:32

      Sure move spencer dr to mt Edward road, it would Cost the gov"t millions, there is 3 houses blocking the path too

  • where's everyone coming from?
    November 15, 2012 - 21:37

    196 apartments, 37 townhouses, 14 semi-detached and 90 carehome rooms - probably nearly 500 people moving into this area over the next few years? Where will they be moving from? I don't think any of them will be the PNP applicants!! What do the builders of all these new residences around C'town know that we don't??

  • intobed
    November 15, 2012 - 21:33

    I am pleased they have dropped the pretense that this is a seniors only residence. It is against the law to discriminate against anyone on the basis of age, race, religion, etc, for residential occupancy. If they have the rent, damage deposit, and references, the McQuaids are obligated to rent to whoever applies for a residence. This includes students. Like it or not, this is the law.