City council approves new horse barn

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In this Guardian file photo, horse barns are demolished at the Charlottetown Driving Park.

City council formally gave the green light Tuesday to a new $2-million horse barn at the Charlottetown Driving Park.

The resolution passed unanimously 10-0.

Coun. Rob Lantz, chairman of the city’s planning committee, said the development agreement signed in 2005 indicated the horse barns along Exhibition Drive were to be demolished to allow for a future parking expansion.

“The owner has since proposed a new plan where a horse barn will be constructed and only a portion of the area will be used as parking,’’ Lantz said.

That required a public meeting, which was held last week.

Eight of the oldest barns along Exhibition Drive are being demolished to make way for a state-of-the-art barn that will house 120 horses. The project is being funded by horse owners along with the federal and provincial governments.

The project is should be completed by June. During the construction phase of the project, horses are being stabled in the old buildings to minimize the impact on the horses.

Coun. Danny Redmond, who represents the area around the track, says it’s also a good time to revisit the Kensington Road-Exhibition Drive intersection.

Redmond is asking public works to take a look at making changes, citing poor sightlines turning off Exhibition Drive and the sheer volume of traffic in the area with the gas station, the  track, casino and Eastlink Centre all contributing to it.

“The reason why we didn’t go ahead (before) and do anything at that intersection is because we were waiting to see what the province was going to do on the other side with the bypass (highway). Now that we’re past that I have asked the public works department to consider going back and looking at that intersection now (to) see how we could make it safer,’’ Redmond said.

“It’s becoming one of busier intersections around now. I have since been told by the (public works) chair that the committee is looking at it and they’re going to take it back to committee.’’

Organizations: Eastlink Centre

Geographic location: Kensington Road

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  • yolanda
    February 06, 2014 - 10:17

    an other example of the rich riding on the back of the poor, -pardon the pun, and abetted by the politicians.

  • same story
    February 06, 2014 - 07:54

    Bla bla bla ,take care of the sick . Fix the addicted people bla,bla, bla, that is all you people whine about. Every dime on this Island could be spent on sick people and addicts and it would never be enough so lets have some fun once in a while

    • slippy
      February 06, 2014 - 11:15

      That is the thing, not very many people are even interested in this "sport" It exists only because it is constantly propped up by government money. If a large number of people were truly interested, and actually having fun with horse racing, your comment might make more sense.

  • Not right
    February 06, 2014 - 07:33

    The project is being funded by horse owners along with the federal and provincial governments. Seriously? when islanders are in need of better health care, & many are having problems keeping themselves fed & warm this winter.

  • candrayo
    February 06, 2014 - 06:59

    How much more obvious can we get on how bad the priorities of government are? I wonder if our Creator knew the human race would be the worst terrorists this planet has ever seen? I wonder…..

  • Aongasha
    February 05, 2014 - 22:27

    Once again all you poor fricking saps are paying the bills for rich horse owners. Not mention how much you are paying for the big awards do this weekend! Ohh did a lightbulb just go on? What was your first clue you Sherlocks.

  • Disgust
    February 05, 2014 - 20:40

    These horses are privately owned are they not ? Why should the people of charlottetown pay taxes for this ? If the horses are not housed properly then call the SPCA . There are apts in town with scumbag landlords that maybe could have some incentive to bring there rental units upto date with health and safety standards .

  • shaker
    February 05, 2014 - 14:44

    This is something that makes our Government proud. A2 million horse barn, when our dementia patients and addicts have no where to go but remain in the QEH. Shame on you Robert I thought you would be much better. Who are you listening too! Time to move on.

    • Disgusted
      February 06, 2014 - 09:04

      This is where Robert can house our addicts with FREE HEAT

  • Ridiculous
    February 05, 2014 - 13:10

    A month ago city was talking about poor housing situations for residents ? The owners of the horses can chip in but a barn . There are more laws for animals for proper housing that the people . Shows great prioritizing !

    • Horses built PEI
      February 06, 2014 - 13:28

      Old Timers in PEI could sit for hours, emptying three or four pipes full of tobacco, while they tell about what horses have done for Islanders since the island was first inhabited. The horse was indispensable, the venerable horse deserves the best we can do for them. I wish Boyd Beck would write about The Island and the Horse, inseparable and mutually dependant.