Belvedere Dental Clinic seeks input from residents

Owners want to expand business

Dave Stewart
Published on December 26, 2015

The Belvedere Dental Clinic in Charlottetown is looking to expand a bit but is asking for more time to consult with residents.

The clinic on Belvedere Avenue made a presentation at a recent public meeting as part of its request to the city to have the property rezoned the property from commercial to institutional.

The clinic wants to add close to 1,000 feet at the back of the building.

The matter has since been deferred to give officials at the clinic more time to discuss things with area residents.

At the public meeting, Dr. Richard Holden made the presentation on behalf of the clinic.

"We are more than happy with our present location and want to stay where we are,'' Holden said.

The business actually takes up two properties. The clinic sits on one while some of the parking area takes up the adjacent vacant property. The two properties were already consolidated, a move approved by council in 2006.

The dental clinic has operated at 184 Belvedere Ave. since 1982. By 2005, there were five dentists working at the clinic. The parking lot expanded in 2012.

There was some opposition voiced at the meeting.

One nearby resident points to traffic concerns on the street, especially with the Belvedere Funeral Home just up the street.

"It's becoming quite dangerous,'' the resident said. "Anything that bumps up the commercial component is a safety hazard to the residents.''

Holden acknowledged that the street is busier today than ever, but noted that they have made some changes to the entrance/exit of the clinic in an attempt to make things safer for clients.

Bonnie Wheatley of Parkview Drive said her backyard, which abuts the clinic property, is ruined thanks to the mountains of snow piled up last winter. When the snow melted, the water, with road salt and sand mixed in, flowed down into her backyard.

"You just kept piling it up,'' Wheatley said. "We have to redo our backyard. It's done; it's dead; it's finished. All you had to do was truck it away.''

If the property is rezoned to institutional, it opens up a whole list of possible occupants, should the dental office ever close — cemetery, community care facility, daycare, educational institution, group home, fitness centre, nursing home and public recreation centre are just some of the permitted uses.

Holden said they have no intention of moving and doubts they'll look to expand again.