Fully com­mit­ted

Char­lot­te­town de­vel­oper says he’s look­ing for­ward to show­ing his plans for new apart­ment build­ing on Chest­nut Street

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE PROVINCE - BY DAVE STE­WART THE GUARDIAN

Char­lot­te­town de­vel­oper Philip O’Hal­lo­ran says it is full speed ahead on a new apart­ment build­ing for Chest­nut Street.

City coun­cil re­cently voted to send his re­quest for an amend­ment to zon­ing and de­vel­op­ment by­law for the pur­pose of putting up the build­ing to a pub­lic meet­ing.

O’Hal­lo­ran says he is look­ing for­ward to shar­ing his new vi­sion for the street with area res­i­dents.

“I have made a mon­ster com­mit­ment. This (new build­ing) is go­ing to be a mod­ern build­ing. I am very much about down­town ur­ban re­newal.” Philip O’Hal­lo­ran

Last month, coun­cil gave O’Hal­lo­ran the green light to have eight homes on Chest­nut and Pass­more streets, in var­i­ous stages of dis­re­pair, de­mol­ished.

O’Hal­lo­ran told The Guardian re­cently that he and his brother, Matthew, found new homes in one of their build­ings for the re­main­ing two res­i­dents that were still liv­ing on Chest­nut Street.

“I have made a mon­ster com­mit­ment,’’ O’Hal­lo­ran said, re­fer­ring to re­vi­tal­iz­ing the neigh­bour­hood.

“This (new build­ing) is go­ing to be a mod­ern build­ing. I am very much about down­town ur­ban re­newal.’’

He’s so com­mit­ted that he has sub­mit­ted his plan to the city for a de­sign re­view.

He is also so de­ter­mined to share his vi­sion with res­i­dents that he has re­quested his own pub­lic meet­ing, where there won’t be any is­sues on the floor but this one.

“I want the neigh­bour­hood to see the plans be­cause it will di­rectly af­fect them. This is too im­por­tant a piece of prop­erty in the down­town.’’

O’Hal­lo­ran said he doesn’t have a date in terms of de­mol­ish­ing the eight homes that need to come down first but said they are all fall­ing down on them­selves.

He reg­u­larly pa­trols the area to make sure no one has sought shel­ter in­side the va­cant build­ings be­cause they aren’t safe.

How­ever, the fact the process is go­ing to a pub­lic meet­ing and that there is no fixed date for de­mo­li­tion in no way means the pro­ject is on hold.

“We’re a long ways from get­ting in the mud,’’ he said, re­fer­ring to the new apart­ment build­ing.

“There are a lot of hoops to go through . . . . I want to make sure we stay the course and ev­ery­thing is done right.’’

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