For a few hours this morning this space hosted a post where I held APM’s feet to the fire for stating that it was going to “preserve” the Kays Building under the guise of effectively demolishing it.
Apparently while that was the plan as recently as two weeks ago, the plans have changed, and I’m now told that the application that will go to Heritage Board for review tomorrow afternoon is of an actual preservation of the building, inside and out.
If this plays out as it’s been described to me, this is tremendous news.
We must remain vigilant, of course, as the old propose one thing and do another has been pulled by developers in this neighbourhood before.
But I have confidence — or at least hope — that the City of Charlottetown will exact sufficient assurances and guarantees from APM that we’ll end up with a valuable heritage resource maintained.
Kudos to Councillor Rob Lantz for alerting me to the error of my indignation, to the City of Charlottetown and CADC to guiding APM to this course and, as much as it pains me to say so, to APM for acting out of character and doing the right thing.