Developers set to reveal plans for new apartments in Charlottetown

Dave Stewart dstewart@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on February 23, 2016

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

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Apartments planned between Chestnut, Passmore, another on Harley, plus Emerald, Belvedere plans

Charlottetown developer Philip O'Halloran is taking his plans for Chestnut and Passmore streets to the public.

His proposal for a four-storey apartment building with 57 units and commercial use on the ground floor will be one of the issues discussed at a public meeting tonight.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. on the second floor of the Rodd Charlottetown hotel.

FACTBOX: Items on the agenda

"This is a huge lift for the neighbourhood in the sense of quality and values,'' O'Halloran said last Thursday.

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City council has already given him the green light to demolish eight homes on Chestnut and Passmore streets. Members of council toured the homes with O'Halloran and agree they are in bad shape and need to be torn down.

The developer also submitted the specs for the proposed building to an independent architect in Ottawa as part of a design review process, which was full of praise for the project. He's also been working closely with Charlottetown's planning department.

O'Halloran said his building will be wheelchair accessible from top to bottom.

"Every single corner of that space will accommodate anybody with an accessibility requirement, from the sidewalk to the roof.''

Hwoever, some residents in the area aren't quite sold on it just yet.

Trisha Clarkin, a member of a Facebook group called Save Our Neighbourhood Charlottetown, said she would rather see the eight decrepit homes fixed up, pointing out that it's a low income area and people won't be able to afford rates in the new apartment building.

"I'd like to see the properties there brought back and fixed up," Clarkin said. "It was a nice little community.''

O'Halloran said he begs to differ, saying that many of the vacant homes he wants to tear down were mixed up in bootlegging and drug deals.

"When I purchased them I had to live through it and I put an end to it and shut it down. Five of the eight properties we're going to demolish were party to elicit bootlegging. Bootlegging is not socially acceptable.''

The developer said if residents don't want quality housing that brings a sizable tax base back to the area he'll step aside.

"If bootlegging is what they want, then bring your chequebook and you can have it all back. The city is going to get land value on property tax, water and sewer . . . The mayor is looking for $14 million (in federal money for infrastructure projects). Well, this project alone is $12 million two blocks away from City Hall.''

O'Halloran says he has been talking to residents in the area and has invited officials with Ivesco and Kwik Kopy, both of which are adjacent to the proposed development, as well as the Council of the Disabled and Downtown Charlottetown Inc., to the public meeting.

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FACTBOX

The following items are on the agenda at public meeting today at 7 p.m.

- Request to rezone five properties on Chestnut Street and four on Passmore Street to permit apartment building

- Resquest to rezone properties at 8-16 Harley St. to accommodate a three-storey 40-unit apartment building

- Request to rezone property at 51 Emerald Dr. to permit a three-unit townhouse

- Request to rezone 185 and 187 Belvedere Ave. to permit a new two-storey commercial building

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