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Charlottetown council has passed a resolution giving public works the authority to fill in the excavated site at Prince and Grafton streets and remove any garbage and debris, at the owner's expense, if development doesn't happen soon.
Chairman of planning says he was told construction on building expected to start next month
Charlottetown's public works department is prepared to fill the large hole at the corner of Prince and Grafton streets.
That's if construction of a proposed apartment/condominium building doesn't go ahead.
According to Coun. Rob Lantz, chairman of the planning committee, it appears construction of that building is about to begin.
The area, which is fenced off, was excavated nearly two years ago but nothing has happened at the site yet. The original developers eventually backed off intentions to build on the site while interest reignited recently with more than one party looking at the property.
Council passed a resolution at its regular public monthly meeting Tuesday night giving public works the authority to fill in the excavated site and remove any garbage and debris, at the owner's expense, if development doesn't happen soon.
The city has been hesitant to step in and fill in the big hole because it didn't want the thousands a new developer would have to spend to excavate the property all over again to be a disincentive to developing the property.
Lantz said it's his understanding that the property was sold recently and the new owner intends to lay the foundation in November.
"I don't have any reason to suspect that it won't,'' Lantz said when asked if he's optimistic work will finally begin soon. "Anybody that makes a substantial purchase like that, I think, has full intentions of moving ahead but we don't want to see it empty for another winter. We have that resolution. If we need to enforce it we can.''
The building will include some ground-floor retail space as well as a few floors of apartments or condos.
"It's a nice concept. We worked with the architect with the project to have it designed in accordance with our 500 lots development standards (and) that was before those standards came into effect.
"It was nice that they were willing to work with us and come up with a nice result. They did. It's a great project. That corner is sort of a missing piece to a significant intersection in downtown Charlottetown so it's nice to see it happen.''