Developer looks forward to public meeting on eight-home demolition

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Google Street View of some of the eight homes proposed for demoltion to make way for new apartment complex.

New O'Halloran apartments need homes in various stages of disrepair gone from Chestnut, Passmore streets

Charlottetown developer Philip O’Halloran says it is full speed ahead on a new apartment building for Chestnut Street.

City council recently voted to send his request for an amendment to zoning and development bylaw for the purpose of putting up the building to a public meeting.

O’Halloran says he is looking forward to sharing his new vision for the street with area residents.

RELATED: Charlottetown council gives approval to demolish eight buildings

Last month, council gave O’Halloran the green light to have eight homes on Chestnut and Passmore streets, in various stages of disrepair, demolished.

O’Halloran told The Guardian recently that he and his brother, Matthew, found new homes in one of their buildings for the remaining two residents that were still living on Chestnut Street.

“I have made a monster commitment,’’ O’Halloran said, referring to revitalizing the neighbourhood.

“This (new building) is going to be a modern building. I am very much about downtown urban renewal.’’

I have made a monster commitment. This (new building) is going to be a modern building. I am very much about downtown urban renewal. Philip O’Halloran

He’s so committed that he has submitted his plan to the city for a design review.

He is also so determined to share his vision with residents that he has requested his own public meeting, where there won’t be any issues on the floor but this one.

“I want the neighbourhood to see the plans because it will directly affect them. This is too important a piece of property in the downtown.’’

O’Halloran said he doesn’t have a date in terms of demolishing the eight homes that need to come down first but said they are all falling down on themselves.

He regularly patrols the area to make sure no one has sought shelter inside the vacant buildings because they aren’t safe.

However, the fact the process is going to a public meeting and that there is no fixed date for demolition in no way means the project is on hold.

“We’re a long ways from getting in the mud,’’ he said, referring to the new apartment building.

“There are a lot of hoops to go through . . . . I want to make sure we stay the course and everything is done right.’’

Organizations: The Guardian

Geographic location: Chestnut Street, Charlottetown

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  • Committed ??
    January 31, 2016 - 11:43

    Committed. the only thing he is committed to is making a fast buck.

  • Fed up
    January 31, 2016 - 09:33

    The developer is not interested in anything but making money! Soon Charlottetown will be all ugly huge apartment buildings. Individual homes will be gone. Lawns gone. Driveways gone. No where for children to live and play. None of us will own anything. Developers build. Then company from Ontario will buy them all up. No one will have a say in anything because we will all be renting from this Ontario company. Charlottetown will be another "big city" where none of us can afford to live. If O'Halloran was interested in making the downtown look nice, he would fix up these homes or build new ones, not put another high, ugly building in the middle of a residential area! These 8 houses were somebody's HOME,!! Lawns, cars in driveway....people like O'Halloran should be STOPPED!!!

  • Charlottetown Resident
    January 30, 2016 - 17:36

    I hope the planning dept. at city hall puts a stop to O'Halloran once and for all. Apartment bldgs close to the downtown core will look out of place and cheapen the landscape.

    • Just passin' by
      January 31, 2016 - 22:03

      All of Mr. O'Halloran's developments to date have been very beautiful. Looking forward to seeing this area revitalized.

  • John MacInnis
    January 30, 2016 - 12:55

    Wasn't the pink house at the left of the photo a bootlegging joint for quite a few years in Charlottetown ? Oh, and ain't that the Island for you and me, ain't the Island, sumpin' to see, ain't that the Island, little pink houses for you and me, and was it possible to buy some moonshine at the place. Come on now, someone must know, but not me, as I gave up drinking in Toronto during a different century and a different millennium.

    • Former client
      January 30, 2016 - 23:25

      Yes...One of the more "Famous" leggers around the area.......Spent a lot of time there years ago.

    • Sammy
      January 31, 2016 - 05:01

      The red house in the infamous Gordie Dunn's. Many a good levee held there.