Province looking to move government garage to Brackley

Teresa Wright
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The province is looking to move its government garage in Charlottetown to Brackley. The city is interested in developing an arena on the site.

The province has purchased a parcel of land in Brackley and wants to meet with area residents to discuss building a new government garage there.

Transportation Minister Robert Vessey says the plans are still preliminary, but his department is taking the proposal to a public meeting next week.

“Government has identified an area that we’re interested in and it’s on the borderline of the city, in Brackley,” Vessey said.

“It’s no secret the city of Charlottetown would like to develop the area around the entrance from the Hillsboro Bridge to the city, and the old government garage is not very efficient, we’ve outgrown it.”

Vessey said his department would like to combine two current yards used by Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal into one with a more modern building.

The parcel of land recently purchased in Brackley is adjacent to a parcel already owned by government. This, along with its close proximity to the city makes it an ideal location for a new garage.

Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee said although the garage is not likely to move for a few years, this opens the door for preliminary talks to begin on the city’s redevelopment hopes for the current garage location.

“When you come into Charlottetown over the Hillsboro Bridge, it’s not probably the most attractive welcome to the city that you see and there may be an opportunity here for the city of Charlottetown and the province of P.E.I. to move both of our agendas forward.”

Two years ago, the city presented an Eastern Gateway Waterfront Master Plan that included as its centerpiece a brand new multi-use arena and entertainment facility in place of the current garage.

Officials hope this facility would replace the aging Civic Centre.  But with a $40-million price tag, the plan has remained a pipe dream.

Lee stressed the city is likely still years away from taking any concrete steps to move ahead with any redevelopment plans.

But if and when that time does arrive, Lee says he believes the costs should not be shouldered by the taxpayers of Charlottetown.

“There are other partners here, there’s the Charlottetown Area Development Corporation, there’s Atlantic Lottery, the Horseman’s Association, so all of those groups would, in my view, come together at some point down the road and have a discussion of what is it we’d like to see in that area,” Lee said.

But this would still be a long way off, he added.

In the meantime, the province will gauge input from Brackley area residents on moving the garage to their community.

“It’s something we’re looking at doing over the next several years, it would be a phase-in, and this is the first step,” Vessey said.

The meeting is scheduled to take place Feb. 26 at 7p.m. in the Brackley Commons.

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  • Government potholes
    February 21, 2014 - 19:23

    I hope the government will pull their head out of their a$$ and fix the highways in which are not drivable the pot holes are a disgrace anyone who owns a new vehicle must be really frustrated with the depth of some of the holes,put the garage on the back burner for the next elected gov to deal with and fix those $h"tty roads in which are are a disgrace....find the money for this much needed priority.

  • yolanda
    February 21, 2014 - 18:52

    one might wonder if this $ 800.000 would be located in the vicinity of McLean Construction, so nicely purchased by Tom Banks a few years ago. an other gross waste of money on the back of the poor taxpayers, - no end to the ideas that can be brought to fruition when you have no care for the poor people that is forced to pay for it. Out with this government --- out, out, out

  • jimmy hoffa
    February 21, 2014 - 15:42

    That is some big old building to move all the whey out therr

  • don
    February 21, 2014 - 14:17

    this fake government is the BIGGEST DISGRACE in island history. not one is a real islander all they care about is there friends and family and that is called "patronage"

  • Joe Blow
    February 21, 2014 - 13:36

    Move it out to Bonshaw....maybe Lomer has some more land for sale.

  • The Observer from Stratford
    February 21, 2014 - 11:38

    So now government vehicles will be way out of the city, at least 20 minutes away from where they are most likely to be needed. In the winter the Brackley Road can be extremely treacherous. This plan makes no sense but then neither did Plan B.

    • Frank
      February 21, 2014 - 21:32

      20 minutes away? It will be about 10km from the current location. And I'm sure the snow plows at the government garage can handle the extremely treacherous road.

  • New governments decision
    February 21, 2014 - 09:55

    Talks about a new government garage,I'm thinking that decision will be up to the new government formed after this present government is long gone into the sunset, they are always complaining about no money and always raising taxes seems to be money available only when they seem its feasible, off into the sunset.

  • Another Liberal patronage deal!!
    February 21, 2014 - 09:20

    Putting the government garage into Robert Vessey's riding?? How Sweet!!! I am sure that some Liberal supporter and donor got a great profit from this decision!! How much longer can this province bear the extreme incompetence of Ghiz and his inept government; which in 6 years, has doubled the debt of the province from 1 billion dollars to 2 billion????

  • don
    February 21, 2014 - 08:40

    what gets me is wes was and is ticked off that the feds done things "without any kind of consultation, it’s impactful and it’s hurtful and it makes you wonder what type of government would do this without any type of pre-knowledge or consultation?” and yet they are going to move the garage without any kind of consultation, to the tax payers. so ghiz tell us and this is in your buddies own words "what type of government would do this" tell us.

    • Frank
      February 21, 2014 - 21:28

      Did you read the article? There will be a public meeting about the proposal next week.

    • SLIPPY
      February 22, 2014 - 10:29

      Frank, did you read it either? They have purchased the land already, so at least to a certain extent, their mind is made up, what has this government done in the past to make you think anything they hear will change their minds? Maybe the public consultation will result in islanders getting to choose the paint colour in the office, but I wouldn't hold my breath.

  • freddybear
    February 21, 2014 - 08:05

    Please report how much was paid for the land and who owned the land. I am sure mr.vessey will say it is taxpayers money well spent.

    • grapevine
      February 21, 2014 - 14:01

      I heard it was over $800,000

  • Fed up
    February 21, 2014 - 06:32

    That's the idea. Get more people driving the roads so Ghiz Government can haul in more gas tax! Probably get someone killed at the same time. Not to mention more costs involved with machines and school buses out there. These guys won't be happy until they sink us!! They already have people driving miles and miles to work. Why not put Ghiz's office in Tignish or East Point....all of them. Let them see what it's like!

    • Driver
      February 21, 2014 - 08:22

      "More people driving the roads"? I don't follow... its the GOVERNMENT GARAGE...For snow plows, school busses, and highway crews. This is what these people do. If you timed how long it would take to get from the current garage to the proposed site, it wouldn't be any more than 10 minutes. Charlottetown is not the center of the universe. I would be surprised if half of the employees currently working at the garage were from outside town. And also, the city garage is a stones throw away from the proposed new site.

  • eye in the sky
    February 21, 2014 - 05:19

    I wonder which liberal supporter got way over paid for this land ???? im sure its a shady deal???“When you come into Charlottetown over the Hillsboro Bridge, it’s not probably the most attractive welcome to the city that you see,,, ok then if its about looks exproprirate the irving oil tank farm too not to mention its a disaster waiting to happen,,, an explosion there would kill thousands

    • I think I should run
      February 21, 2014 - 09:06

      This looks like the Paderno land from the picture Think of the name Casey !!