Province holding public meeting on new government garage

Ryan Ross
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Site plan for proposed new government garage on Brackley Point Road.
See proposed environment impact statement as a PDF HERE

New facility will replace the old maintenance garage near the Hillsborough Bridge and a storage depot near the Queen Elizabeth Hospital

The provincial government is moving closer to building a new garage as it gets set for public consultations on the proposed site in Brackley.

Transportation Minister Robert Vessey said an environmental assessment needs to be done and a public information session is planned for Thursday with all the collected information going to Environment Minister Janice Sherry.

FULL INTERACTIVE GOOGLE MAP OF SITE HERE

"If it's favourable, as we hope, then we're going to start work on the site this fall," he said.

The new facility will replace the old maintenance garage near the Hillsborough Bridge and a storage depot near the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

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By moving, it will also free up land that can be used as part of Charlottetown's redevelopment plans for its gateway into the city.

Although the cost for the new garage hasn't been determined, Vessey said it will likely be around $16.5 million, which could be offset to some extent by the sale of government-owned land.

As part of the process, Joose Environmental prepared an environmental impact statement for the facility the Transportation Department plans to build near the Charlottetown Airport.

The statement lays out some of the necessary mitigation plans, including the installation of an oil water separator, a peat filtration system to catch pollutants and a berm to reduce noise levels on adjacent properties.

Joose Environmental said the potential environmental effects wouldn't be significant during construction, operation and maintenance of the garage with the planned mitigation and monitoring measures in place.

The Transportation Department plans to build the garage in phases over a five-year period, which includes widening Brackley Point Road.

Part of the new facility will include construction of a brine farm with a well that will be used to mix water and salt for de-icing roads in the winter.

The Transportation Department estimates it will be able to store 225,000 litres of brine and use between four and six million litres of water during the winter.

Vessey said the department used brine last winter as part of a pilot project on two Island roads.

"It worked out very well. I think that's something we want to proceed (with)," he said.

The Transportation Department will hold the public information session Thursday from 7-9 p.m. at the Brackley Community Centre.

After the information session the public will be able to submit comments for 10 days.

The environmental impact statement is available at www.gov.pe.ca/environment/undertakings.

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Organizations: Transportation Department, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Charlottetown Airport Brackley Community Centre

Geographic location: Brackley, Charlottetown, Iceland

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  • fahita
    August 06, 2014 - 14:24

    Yes, this minister will be permitted to do anything Ghiz tells her to do, and the same with Vessey. It so happens that all things come together, liberal land, liberal project manager, liberal contractor, all under one important man, T.B., that all liberal politicians want to keep happy , and beautifully located right in Vessey's riding. Wonder if the deputy will show his face for once.

  • DL
    August 06, 2014 - 13:41

    so.....does this mean the minister of environment will be permitting the drilling of a deep well into the aquifer? Difficult to believe that these plans would be released without prior knowledge that the moratorium on new deep wells will be lifted.....or is it just the farmers who are banned from drilling new wells?

  • andrew
    August 06, 2014 - 11:17

    Obvious?The garage is within CITY LIMITS AND THERE SHOULD BE NO reason the fire department could not go there, except all politicians want to spend our money, and help their friends, - just like Ghiz is feeding Tim, and watch who HAS to 'oversee' the gov. garage project, once they pay Tim for his land, - will be APM with McLeans Construction doing the work and all conveniently in Vessey's riding. Cannot give this man enough --- but hey you can all vote them out in the next election, as Ghiz has said, but will you??? Islanders are addicted to getting screwed.

  • bob from cardigan
    August 06, 2014 - 08:26

    gotta keep old tim and apm busy somehow eh?

  • Fed up
    August 06, 2014 - 06:54

    Public meeting?!? For what?? For Ghiz and Vessey to pretend they are listening to anyone? Like the Provincial Body Shop?!? It went to Tignish! Plans were made. Building was started BEFORE THE SO CALLED PUBLIC MEETING!!! I wonder whose land they're buying? Election getting close. Ghiz has to clean out Charlottetown again! He needs gas money so he wants his workers on the roads travelling to work! Public meeting...what a JOKE

    • Agree totally!
      August 06, 2014 - 11:30

      I agree totally with your comments; and also wondered what liberal supporter would be rewarded by this move by Robert Vessey. The public meeting is a total farce by Vessey; who DID NOT listen to the public in the Plan B fiasco!!! What a disaster of a Minister of Highways !!!

  • DL
    August 06, 2014 - 06:01

    Charlottetown has an increasing problem with freshwater aquifer depletion.....so the provincial government decides to abandon sites a stone's throw away from the ocean filled with salty water, to build a new facility inland where it will drill a well to extract 4-6 million litres of precious fresh water from the aquifer to add salt to it......at best the optics on this decision are not good.

  • ss
    August 05, 2014 - 22:13

    Can anyone say why the fire department does not go with government garage?

    • Obvious
      August 06, 2014 - 09:24

      Fire Departments are under municipal jurisdiction so it is the City buying the land for that, not the Province. Having a Fire Department outside of city limits isn't practical, they are likely looking at something more centrally located.