Work progressing at former college site
A&W restaurant, housing, retail set for
June 4, 2010
The Journal Pioneer
Plans are moving ahead with a major development in the city’s north
Tim Banks, president of the APM Group, said there are four projects
planned for the 18-acre Granville Street site which includes the
former Holland College Summerside Centre. He said about 11 acres
will be developed commercially and the remainder will stay
One of the projects is already under construction. Community
Connections is building a six-unit independent living apartment
complex. Plans call for a 7,400-square-foot building to be built
behind the former Centennial Pool property.
APM is the project manager and has provided its expertise in
construction and design. “We’re managing the project,” Banks said.
“We sold them the land. We’re doing the design and we’re working
with them as a community organization to get that done. We’re also
working with another party for a similar opportunity on the same
section there in that residential component.”
Banks said another project that is close at hand is new fast food
outlet for the area.
“We’re a couple of days away from all conditions being waived for a
new A&W on the corner,” he said. “That’s a brand new full-service
A&W complete with a drive-thru.”
The A&W will be located in the area of Granville Street at Ryan
The final project will deal with the former Holland College
Summerside Centre building for retail development.
“We’re getting a little closer with the business plan for the
existing former school building,” the developer said. “That will
probably be more public in about 90 days.” There was a lull in
the development, but the project is now moving ahead.
“We’re back on track, now” Banks said. “It’s a very tough retail
environment. We bought the site for retail opportunity and it just
Banks didn’t release details about the future development of the
Holland College building site other than to say it is “a retail
opportunity and it’s their’s (store owners) to do that announcement.
So, we’re getting very close with something happening there.”