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Summerside decides to trade green space for housing


Key takeaways: 

  • Developer must come up with site plan before council provides final approval.
  • The local councilor says the loss of green area is a problem for people in the vicinity.

With just one councilor contrary, Summerside city council voted Monday to rezone a plot of land off Brophy Avenue to make way for extensive housing development.

UpFront Development offers to construct four 32-unit apartment buildings in the P.E.I. city.

“It was a tough decision. It was hard for every councilor,” stated Coun. Barb Ramsay represented the region and voted against the change.

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Summerside to trade green space

“The number of phone calls and problems I had about losing that green space. I’m sure I had up to 200 of my citizens in Ward 3 who just wanted to maintain the green space.”

Other councilors, however, got multiple calls regarding the need for new housing, she said. Ramsay said that the green space is bound to Tower Street Park, where the playground would stay under the new plan.

An amendment was added to the council motion giving UpFront Development 45 days to develop a precise plan for the space. There are certain situations regarding entrances and exits for the development and how that will impact traffic.

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