Wreck­ing ball com­ing soon

Hol­land Col­lege will soon be­gin work on a new stu­dent res­i­dence

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

De­mo­li­tion of seven prop­er­ties in Char­lot­te­town to make way for a new Hol­land Col­lege stu­dent res­i­dence will be­gin soon.

Justin Dunn, di­rec­tor of fa­cil­i­ties man­age­ment for Hol­land Col­lege, said all res­i­dents who were liv­ing in the 21 res­i­den­tial units at the cor­ner of Grafton and Cum­ber­land streets have found new ac­com­mo­da­tions.

“In fact, I think the last ten­ant was go­ing to move (Wed­nes­day), but there was a slight de­lay in where they were go­ing to move but they’re go­ing to be mov­ing in the days ahead,’’ Dunn said.

“I know Hol­land Col­lege has helped the vast ma­jor­ity of ten­ants with their tran­si­tion so it’s been a real pos­i­tive piece in terms of try­ing to make the tran­si­tion as smooth as pos­si­ble for those res­i­den­tial units.’’

There will be ac­tiv­ity on site in early Au­gust. Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity will go in to se­cure any suit­able build­ing ma­te­ri­als be­fore de­mo­li­tion be­gins.

“That will be­gin in Au­gust, and we will have con­struc­tion that will con­tinue right up un­til it’s pro­jected (to fin­ish) next Au­gust for the new 80-bed stu­dent res­i­dence.’’

He’s re­fer­ring to the new $6.96-mil­lion res­i­dence that will fea­ture one-, two- and three­bed­room apart­ment-style units, sim­i­lar to that of Glen­den­ning Hall, the col­lege’s 186-bed res­i­dence lo­cated across the street on Grafton.

Work was sup­posed to have be­gun ear­lier in July, but Dunn said the de­lay won’t af­fect the project. He said help­ing the peo­ple who lived in the af­fected prop­er­ties was a big­ger pri­or­ity.

“I think we’ll be fine in that re­gard,’’ he said, re­fer­ring to meet­ing the Au­gust 2018 fin­ish line. “It was re­ally im­por­tant that all of our neigh­bours, the 21 res­i­den­tial units and the com­mer­cial ten­ants, we’re try­ing to make sure that tran­si­tion is as smooth as pos­si­ble for them.’’

Speak­ing of com­mer­cial ten­ants, Sa­dat’s Cui­sine will be mov­ing to 223 Univer­sity Ave., just past In­vesco and Avis, in Au­gust.

Ros­alind Waters, a mem­ber of the P.E.I. Ci­ti­zen Ad­vo­cacy and Trade Jus­tice P.E.I. who knows some of the af­fected res­i­dents, said it’s been a hard process for those in­volved.

“It was very stress­ful,’’ Waters said.

“There were ten­ants drop­ping by the VRC (Vol­un­tary Re­source Coun­cil) want­ing to make phone calls. There was a lot of anx­i­ety, but I think ev­ery­body did get a place (to live). I haven’t heard of any­one who is home­less.’’

Waters said to no one’s sur­prise, not ev­ery­one is happy with their new ac­com­mo­da­tions.

“Some res­i­dents are un­happy with how it ended up for them. One of them went from a one bed­room to a sin­gle room and lost his pri­vacy and he has dis­abil­i­ties. It was not a good end­ing for him.’’


Two cy­clists ride by some of the prop­er­ties set for de­mo­li­tion in Au­gust. Hol­land Col­lege is mak­ing prepa­ra­tion to build a new 80-bed stu­dent res­i­dence that will cost nearly $7 mil­lion.

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