De­mo­li­tion on hold

Char­lot­te­town city coun­cil sends pro­posed apart­ment build­ing pro­ject to pub­lic meet­ing

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE - BY DAVE STE­WART

Char­lot­te­town de­vel­oper, Philip O’Hal­lo­ran, wants to knock down eight va­cant houses that he says are fall­ing down any­way and put up a four-storey apart­ment build­ing near the city’s down­town core.

But the pub­lic will have its say first, mean­ing the eight homes on Chest­nut and Pass­more Streets likely aren’t com­ing down any­time soon.

City coun­cil re­cently voted unan­i­mously to send the de­vel­oper’s re­quest to amend the medium den­sity res­i­den­tial zon­ing for the pur­pose of putting up the build­ing to a pub­lic meet­ing.

Last month, coun­cil gave the green light to al­low O’Hal­lo­ran the right to de­mol­ish eight homes on Chest­nut and Pass­more streets, homes that are said to be in vary­ing stages of dis­re­pair.

The pro­posed apart­ment build­ing would in­clude up to 57 units and fea­ture a com­mer­cial com­po­nent on the ground floor, sim­i­lar to the build­ing O’Hal­lo­ran erected at the cor­ner of Prince and Grafton Streets.

“Struc­turally, they are fall­ing in on them­selves,’’ O’Hal­lo­ran said. “Ev­ery sys­tem, me­chan­i­cal, elec­tri­cal, is done.’’

He said they’ve been help­ing ten­ants find new hous­ing, ei­ther in build­ings he owns or else­where.

No date has been set for the pub­lic meet­ing. The de­mo­li­tion of the eight homes might not hap­pen this win­ter.

Coun­cil­lor Greg Ri­vard be­lieves O’Hal­lo­ran is wait­ing to hear from the pub­lic be­fore knock­ing down the houses.

“I think the de­vel­oper is wait­ing for the ap­proval from coun­cil be­fore do­ing any of the de­mol­ish­ing,’’ Ri­vard said, adding that coun­cil needs to see a draft of what the de­vel­oper has planned for the site and the pub­lic needs to have its in­put be­fore the pro­ject can move for­ward.

Coun­cil­lor Mitchell Tweel, who rep­re­sents the area, is en­thu­si­as­tic about plans to re­de­velop the area.

Tweel said the process has been un­fold­ing over the past seven to eight months. He and Ri­vard have met with O’Hal­lo­ran and were given a tour of the homes, which both coun­cil­lors have said are in poor con­di­tion.

The homes slated for de­mo­li­tion are lo­cated at 51, 57, 59 and 61 Chest­nut St. as well as 18, 2630, 32 and 34 Pass­more St.


Lee Gal­lant walks his dog past two of the houses on Chest­nut Street in Char­lot­te­town that could be de­mol­ished to al­low for the con­struc­tion of an apart­ment build­ing. Four houses on Pass­more Street could also be ripped down for the same rea­son. The de­vel­oper says the build­ings are fall­ing down any­way, but has been told a pub­lic meet­ing has to be held to dis­cuss the is­sue.

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