The rezoning required for a controversial 50–unit Charlottetown condominium has passed first and second reading at city council. There is still a need for a third reading for final approval.
The project has faced some backlash, particularly around the issue of eight houses in an established downtown neighbourhood that are slated to be demolished to make room for the development. Approval to demolish the mostly vacant homes has already been granted by council, CBC has reported.
At a public meeting in February, developer Phillip O’Halloran faced questions and concerns from many Charlottetown residents.
O’Halloran said after that meeting, he went out and knocked on doors to listen to what people in the neighbourhood wanted.
“We did canvas around the neighbourhood, which reaffirmed that we were given back almost a year ago, was a mandate to develop the area, and we have more than 230 sheets signed for the development, in support of the development in the immediate area,” he said.
Along with the condominiums, the building will have commercial space on the bottom level. O’Halloran said he wants a grocery store in that space because the downtown needs one. He said he is also in talks with coffee shops and a daycare.