Work begins on vacant Charlottetown property

Dave Stewart dstewart@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on June 23, 2014

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

©Guardian photo by Heather Taweel

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.