Owners removing cladding to study building's condition
© Guardian photo by Heather Taweel
Jason Ford, left, and Ivan Kljhjil work removing the facade on the building on the corner of Kent Street and University Avenue. The building used to house Sam the Record Man.
One of downtown Charlottetown's more prominent vacant properties is finally getting some work done.
The façade on the building at the corner of University Avenue and Kent Street, once the home of Sam The Record Man and the CFCY/Q-93 radio stations, is being taken off.
Chris Tweel, the building's owner, told The Guardian by email on Tuesday that it's just exploratory work for now.
"At this point we are simply removing the cladding to study the current condition of the building,'' Tweel said. "We hope to be able to make some decisions about the building once we have completed our study of it.''
The Guardian learned on Tuesday that Tweel received a façade improvement grant from Downtown Charlottetown Inc. but the building's owner has not applied for a heritage grant from the city or any other type of incentive.
Dawn Alan, executive director with DCI, was not available for comment on Tuesday.
A lot of pedestrians are taking note of the work being done to the building.
One person, who didn't want to give his name, said it's about time.
"You want to help revitalize downtown Charlottetown. Well, this is a step in the right direction. It's about time something was done with that building,'' the man said.
The building was designed by Thomas Alley Architect for the Dawson Hardware Company.
Tweel acknowledged the work is drawing lots of attention.
"There is a great deal of interest in what is happening with that building. Given the age and condition of the building (the work) may take some time.''
Tweel said he doesn't have any tenants lined up.
"We have no tenants lined up for the building nor do we have any definite plans. I wish I had more information for you but that is the extent of it at this time.''