Summerside set to make an­nounce­ment about for­mer rail­way sta­tion/li­brary

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND - BY COLIN MACLEAN Colin.MacLean@Jour­ @Jour­nalPMacLean

The City of Summerside ap­pears set to make a for­mal an­nounce­ment about the fate its for­mer li­brary build­ing.

The city is­sued an in­vi­ta­tion to me­dia and stake­hold­ers to at­tend an an­nounce­ment on July 31 at 221 Wa­ter St., which is the restau­rant Open Eats. The for­mer li­brary, which is also the city’s his­toric rail­way sta­tion, is lo­cated at 192 Wa­ter St.

The city owns the prop­erty and is­sued a re­quest for pro­pos­als in Jan­uary, call­ing for po­ten­tial buy­ers to sub­mit de­vel­op­ment plans. One of the pro­vi­sos of that re­quest was that what­ever was done with the build­ing, its his­toric na­ture had to be taken into ac­count.

The Summerside and Area His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety has ex­pressed con­cern about the fu­ture of the prop­erty and stressed its his­tor­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance.

How­ever, the build­ing is a reg­is­tered his­toric prop­erty, not a des­ig­nated one. That dis­tinc­tion is im­por­tant be­cause reg­is­tered prop­er­ties are not sub­ject to the same pro­tec­tions as des­ig­nated ones. Reg­is­tered prop­er­ties can still be mod­i­fied sig­nif­i­cantly or even torn down at the owner’s dis­cre­tion.

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