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Parking space issue delays building permits for redevelopment of downtown Summerside building

Built in the later half of the 19th century, 340 Water St. (also known as the former P.E.I. Bag Company Building) has a new owner who wants to renovate the property..
Built in the later half of the 19th century, 340 Water St. (also known as the former P.E.I. Bag Company Building) has a new owner who wants to renovate the property.. - Colin MacLean

A developer’s plans to renovate the former P.E.I. Bag Company building at 340 Water Street in Summerside has hit a snag that has delayed the project.

Debbie McGrath, of Jackson’s Point, Ontario, purchased the property in July with the intention of renovating it and turning it into residential and commercial units.

However, McGrath said Monday that she is still in the process of obtaining a building permit from the City of Summerside.

The city requires at least one parking space per residential unit in the downtown, however, 340 Water Street has no parking spaces. McGrath has since leased space from a neighbouring property owner to make up the difference.

She’s hoping to secure the permit and start construction in the near future.

McGrath is the owner and president of HR.com, which specializes in various human resources-related services, including online education programs and certifications.

Her company has offices in the U.S. and Canada, including in Summerside’s Holman Building. It opened here in September 2016 and employs 11 people.

Once 340 Water Street in completed, she intends to move her office here into it.

Colin.MacLean@JournalPioneer.com

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