Hope for home­stead

Own­ers of Hol­man Home­stead say they’re close to sale

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - PROVINCE - BY NANC Y MACPHEE

Ken Meister has big plans for the Hol­man Home­stead.

And he hopes he has the chance to see those plans come to light.

Meister, who owns and op­er­ates the Summerside Inn Bed and Break­fast, has put in an of­fer on the Hol­man property.

“Right now, it is just the con­di­tions based on fi­nanc­ing and also be­ing able to see that we can work with the re­stric­tive con­veyance that is in place with the (P.E.I.) Mu­seum and Her­itage Foun­da­tion,” he said on Thurs­day.

A de­mo­li­tion per­mit was ap­proved in early De­cem­ber by the city to tear down the his­toric property, sit­u­ated at 286 Fitzroy St. in Summerside.

Kay Rogers, its owner, ex­plained Thurs­day she re­scinded the per­mit af­ter the P.E.I. Mu­seum and Her­itage Foun­da­tion got in­volved with a plan to en­force re­stric­tions in place sur­round­ing what could be done with the property.

She said since news of its pos­si­ble de­mo­li­tion was made pub­lic, two par­ties be­sides Meister ex­pressed in­ter­est in the property.

“It is a fab­u­lous piece of property in a beau­ti­ful lo­ca­tion. There should have been an up­roar,” added Rogers. “There is no such thing as bad ad­ver­tise­ment when it comes to that. We didn’t really want to do this but we did have some­body con­tact us from Truro, N.S., who was in­ter­ested in the de­mol­ish­ing of it. I was happy to tell them I hoped I had a sale on it.”

Meister hopes to con­vert the main floor of the Hol­man property into “a vin­tage nov­elty gen­eral store... with an old-fash­ioned ice cream par­lour and soda shop.”

“We hope to be able to have some mu­seum space for the city on that floor,” he said, adding there are re­stric­tions in place for the property’s use. “The sec­ond floor, we hope to have three onebed­room ex­ec­u­tive busi­ness suites for rentals.”

The more than 4,000-square­foot house, which sits on a half acre in the heart of the city, and its Vic­to­ria gar­den once be­longed to Summerside businessman R.T. Hol­man and had been orig­i­nally built as a Catholic par­son­age in 1854.

Most re­cently, it was the for­mer home of Home­stead An­tiques and Gifts, which re­lo­cated in 2013.

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