Charlottetown approves new horse barn at Driving Park

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City council formally gave the green light Tuesday to a new $2-million horse barn at the Charlottetown Driving Park.

In this Guardian file photo, horse barns are demolished at the Charlottetown Driving Park.

The resolution passed unanimously 10-0.

Coun. Rob Lantz, chairman of the city’s planning committee, said the development agreement signed in 2005 indicated the horse barns along Exhibition Drive were to be demolished to allow for a future parking expansion.

“The owner has since proposed a new plan where a horse barn will be constructed and only a portion of the area will be used as parking,’’ Lantz said.

That required a public meeting, which was held last week.

Eight of the oldest barns along Exhibition Drive are being demolished to make way for a state-of-the-art barn that will house 120 horses. The project is being funded by horse owners along with the federal and provincial governments.

The project is should be completed by June. During the construction phase of the project, horses are being stabled in the old buildings to minimize the impact on the horses.

Coun. Danny Redmond, who represents the area around the track, says it’s also a good time to revisit the Kensington Road-Exhibition Drive intersection.

Redmond is asking public works to take a look at making changes, citing poor sightlines turning off Exhibition Drive and the sheer volume of traffic in the area with the gas station, the  track, casino and Eastlink Centre all contributing to it.

“The reason why we didn’t go ahead (before) and do anything at that intersection is because we were waiting to see what the province was going to do on the other side with the bypass (highway). Now that we’re past that I have asked the public works department to consider going back and looking at that intersection now (to) see how we could make it safer,’’ Redmond said.

“It’s becoming one of busier intersections around now. I have since been told by the (public works) chair that the committee is looking at it and they’re going to take it back to committee.’’

Organizations: Eastlink Centre

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Driving Park, Kensington Road

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