Downtown property should be protected

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Editor: As a citizen of the City of Charlottetown I am totally opposed to the speculative nature of the development of the downtown property formerly known as the Coast Guard property.

This is one of the few remaining water views of our downtown area, and adds greatly to the charm of Lower Queen Street. This street also houses our historic city hall, and is almost as well known nationally as Great George Street, which leads to Province House.

It is an outrage that the provincial government should even consider selling this beautiful property to speculators, who no doubt will put up the largest condominiums they are allowed to by law. The plans being advanced will forever destroy our downtown core, a water view unsurpassed by few cities.

This property has the highest value of any city parcel of land - its view. It should, by right, belong to our citizens.

‘Up for Grabs’ – how well put. Another piece of a historic city grabbed. The city fathers frequently drone on about drawing visitors to the 'city core'  - shouldn’t we be trying to protect it?

I believe that the city of Charlottetown should offer to buy the former ‘Coast Guard’ property from the provincial government — for its citizens — for the price of $1. The return, which the city, and the province, will receive for protecting our birthright, will far surpass any amount of money, which will be offered by property speculators, who only have their own interests at heart.

The city of Charlottetown has a moral duty to protect the best interests of all its citizens. Time for city planning to have realistic laws regarding downtown development put in place, before the developers run to IRAC, who will say that 'all the laws are being followed'.

This is an election year in Charlottetown. This is a chance for all candidates to show where they stand  - protect the few, or something which will enhance the city forever?

Gary Walker,

Charlottetown     

Organizations: Coast Guard

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Lower Queen Street, Great George Street Province House.It

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