© Guardian photo by Heather Taweel
Preliminary work has begun on a major housing development in Charlottetown.
The property behind the Charlottetown Mall was once home to the Sherwood Greens.
Developer getting the in-ground infrastructure set up now for large-scale mixed development behind Charlottetown Mall
Preliminary work has finally begun on a major housing development in Charlottetown.
The property behind the Charlottetown Mall that was once home to the Sherwood Greens golf driving range business will be transformed over the next few years into a series of apartment buildings, townhouses and semi-detached units.
Heavy equipment is already busy excavating the property.
Developer Kelvin McQuaid said the work taking place right now is taking care of the basics.
“We’re just starting with the water, sewer and storm . . . the infrastructure for the whole complex,’’ McQuaid told The Guardian. “The actual project won’t start until next spring.’’
The first phase will involve the semi-detached units, each with two bedrooms and a garage.
It has taken more than three years to push the project to this point. It was the subject of three public meetings but McQuaid and members of his family that are also involved in the work received unanimous support from council on its final concept plan on Nov. 16, 2012.
Most people are quite familiar with the property now. For the past few years, the 15-acre portion of land on Mount Edward Road has been home to the Jack Frost children’s winter festival (although the 2013 event was cancelled when no one wanted to assume the financial risk). Before that, it was a driving range, miniature golf course and car dealership.
Moving forward, the property will eventually 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.
The idea behind the project is once people move in they never leave. They simply move from one form of living to another as they age.
The community care building is supposed to include some sort of health-care service, like a pharmacy.
The property is zoned comprehensive development, which means city council will have a say in how it gets developed.
McQuaid said even though it has taken a few years to get the project off the ground he hasn’t been frustrated with the process.
“We’re doing other stuff, too. We’re happy to get it going. It takes a long time sometimes, especially when it’s such a very, very large project. You have to expect a long time to get the T’s crossed and the I’s dotted.’’