March 17, 2007
by Wayne Thibodea
Developer shows city
council changes in plans to address
This is an artistâ€™s sketch,
provided by APM, showing the
details of the Harbour
Square townhouses project
planned for Water Street in
Charlottetown. City council
held a second public meeting
on the project Thursday. It
has already been approved by
Tim Banks says
blocks of waterfront townhouses will be
better separated and not identical
A proposed waterfront housing
development went back before
Charlottetown city council Thursday and
once again faced opposition.
But the proposal has already been
endorsed by city hall and will more than
likely go ahead as planned.
Tim Banks APM Group is planning to build
three 12-unit townhouses along Water
Street Parkway on the Charlottetown
waterfront. The 36 units will be built
between Hillsborough and Weymouth
streets across the street from the
Workers Compensation Board building.
City hall held a public meeting in
December. It then went to city council
where the $7-million project was
approved by a vote of 9-1.
But council got its wrist slapped by the
Department of Community and Cultural
Affairs for not following the Planning
Act. The city was supposed to have seven
clear days notice before holding the
meeting. It only had six days.
So a second meeting was required
That allowed the developer to explain
some of the changes he is considering
for the proposal to address concerns
raised by residents.
Banks said the new proposal adds more
space between the three buildings
allowing for a greater view of
Charlottetown harbour. He said changes
have also been made to the façade of the
buildings so the three buildings donâ€™t
look so much alike.
The changes will also mean two to three
of the entrances will be moved off Water
Street Parkway and onto the side streets
of Hillsborough and Weymouth streets.
“I think itâ€™s a good investment for the
city,” Banks told residents and
councillors who attended the public
“It provides us with new housing options
for the downtown, itâ€™s responding to
what we see as a consumer demand, and
itâ€™s adding to the preservation of this
But Banksâ€™ updated project still didnâ€™t
please some area residents.
Malcolm Lodge lives at 201 Water St.,
across the street from the proposed
development. He said a valuable piece of
property on the cityâ€™s waterfront should
not be used for residential properties.
“To me, the issue is not ‘is this good
for the city? Is it going to put more
people downtown?â€™ I firmly believe we
need more people downtown with the right
project,” said Lodge.
“If it were in any other city in the
world on the waterfront you would not
see residential townhouses being built
on the water-side of Water Street. This
land is ours and itâ€™s being put to the
Lodge said the land should be saved for
public use, maybe even a provincial
“This land will be needed by the city
down the road.”
The project will go back to city hall in
April for approval once again. It is
expected to once again get the green
Banks would like construction to start
this spring if all the approvals can be
put in place.
3 Lower Malpeque Road