Work begins on vacant Charlottetown property

Dave Stewart
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Crews have begun working again on the vacant property at the corner of Prince and Grafton streets in Charlottetown. 

It appears work is finally getting started on the condominium building at the corner of Prince and Grafton streets in Charlottetown.

Heavy equipment has moved in and is working at the site.

Coun. Rob Lantz, chairman of planning, says the developer is currently doing site preparation and getting ready to pour the foundation.

The Guardian attempted to reach the developer, Philip O’Halloran, last week but was unsuccessful.

It’s been a long time coming. The site was originally excavated about three years ago but then everything came to a halt. The original developers eventually backed off intentions to build on the site while interest reignited late last year with more than one party looking at moving the project forward.

O’Halloran has the property now.

Frustrated with a lack of movement on the file, city council passed a resolution last year giving public works the authority to fill in the excavated site and remove any garbage or debris, at the owner’s expense, if development didn’t start. But the city was hesitant to take that step because it could act as a disincentive to developing the property if the owner had to worry about spending up to $40,000 to excavate it again.

The building is supposed to feature some ground floor retail space as well as a few floors of apartments or condos.

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Prince

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  • Island Boy
    June 24, 2014 - 17:22

    I grew up on the "block", those days it was Gaudet's (pronounced "Goodies) corner store! The entrance was opened unto the corner of both streets and the store was in direct competition with Ghiz's and the Zakems down the street. A great place to warm up when sliding on the "church" hill.

  • Billy P
    June 24, 2014 - 05:32

    During the peake of summer and tourists?????Not surprised!

    • Seriously
      June 24, 2014 - 22:08

      Really?? Why is it that there is always one in a crowd? Are you one of the people complaining about a large hole in the ground collecting garbage? Make up your mind. When are they supposed to work on it? Any reason to complain at all...

  • Dianne MacDonald/Robinson
    June 23, 2014 - 19:05

    It will be strange seeing something else there . My fathers station was there for years. Its kinda sad but things change and life goes on .

    • Young Townie
      June 23, 2014 - 20:40

      Interesting... I was told this is also the former site of the original Prince Street School....?

  • Clairvoyant
    June 23, 2014 - 14:46

    I predict that it will look like a long narrow building!!

  • The Observer from Stratford
    June 23, 2014 - 11:07

    I'm dying to see what the building will look like. The space is so narrow.