Y Ser­vice Club pro­posal not get­ting warm re­cep­tion

Nearby res­i­dents bring up prob­lems

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - HOT ONLINE - BY COLIN MACLEAN

“In short, I’m very con­cerned with the ad­di­tional traf­fic in this al­ready very busy traf­fic area, noise, garbage, late-night park­ing with lots of lights and pedes­trian traf­fic through. All th­ese po­ten­tially af­fect res­i­dents quiet en­joy­ment of their homes.”

Brent Schur­man

A pro­posal by the Summerside Y Ser­vice Club to re­zone its two build­ings in the city cen­tre is not get­ting a warm wel­come from neigh­bours.

The club is look­ing to di­vest it­self of one of the build­ings in ques­tion, 180 Granville St., and would like to keep its op­tions open on the sec­ond, 212 Green St.

Both prop­er­ties are cur­rently zoned for in­sti­tu­tional use, but the club be­lieves if they were changed to a “lim­ited com­mer­cial” zone they’d be more at­trac­tive to prospec­tive buy­ers.

“We don’t want our build­ing, as it has hap­pened with some of the other build­ings, to be­come va­cant and a derelict build­ing,” said Ron Perry, past pres­i­dent of the club, in a re­cent in­ter­view.

“We want the money to go back and ben­e­fit the com­mu­nity, one way or an­other.”

But res­i­dents liv­ing near the prop­er­ties, brought up a host of prob­lems they see with the club’s plan at a pub­lic meet­ing Tues­day night.

Most of the con­cerns re­volved around their past ex­pe­ri­ence with the nearby Needs con­ve­nience store on Granville Street, which has the same zon­ing the club is propos­ing for its build­ings.

They say the store has de­tracted from the neigh­bour­hood, cre­at­ing light and noise pol­lu­tion and in­creased traf­fic 24-hours-a-day, among other prob­lems.

Those in at­ten­dance said they didn’t want to see more com­mer­cial space in the pre­dom­i­nantly res­i­den­tial and in­sti­tu­tional area that could lead to a re­peat of the Needs sit­u­a­tion.

Lo­cal res­i­dent Brent Schur­man wrote a let­ter to coun­cil out­lin­ing his con­cerns, which were mir­rored by sev­eral other peo­ple who also wrote let­ters or stood to speak at Tues­day’s meet­ing.

“In short, I’m very con­cerned with the ad­di­tional traf­fic in this al­ready very busy traf­fic area, noise, garbage, late-night park­ing with lots of lights and pedes­trian traf­fic through. All th­ese po­ten­tially af­fect res­i­dents quiet en­joy­ment of their homes,” said Schur­man.

“I have a re­la­tion­ship with the YMCA … and I cer­tainly sym­pa­thize with them want­ing to get as much as they can out of their property, how­ever, they’ll be gone at some point and we’ll be left there,” he added.

The Y Ser­vice Club’s ap­pli­ca­tions will now move to the city’s plan­ning board for re­view and dis­cus­sion.

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