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Owners of former Summerside trailer park want property to become ‘innovative’ small house development

Tara and Steve Malayny sit with engineer Dave Morris at a special council meeting Feb. 6 to apply for rezoning the old Heritage Trailer Park property on Water Street East for a new housing venture.
Tara and Steve Malayny sit with engineer Dave Morris, right, at a special council meeting Feb. 6 to apply for rezoning the old Heritage Trailer Park property on Water Street East for a new housing venture. - Alison Jenkins
SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. —

Developers unveiled plans for a new kind of community at a recent special Summerside city council meeting.

Landowners Steve and Tara Malayny want to build 27 to 29 small single-family homes on the former Heritage Trailer Park at 630 Water St. East.  

Engineer and surveyor Dave Morris presented the proposed plans while the Malaynys sat in the gallery.

The rental houses will be built close together on one lot which they want rezoned from C2 commercial to Comprehensive Development Area (CDA).

“The purpose for going to CDA is there’s currently no zoning within the city to allow this type of development,” said Morris.

The density and the traffic will remain unchanged from the previous mobile home park, he noted.

“The utilities will be all underground including electrical.”

Then Morris cued up a video that gave a virtual tour of the proposed neighbourhood, to be named Dory View at Water’s Edge. Narrow houses with small side yards and large back yards lined the streets.

Each home would have two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a garage. A 1.5-metre side yard will separate each house. Homes will be between 7.62 to 10 metres wide and around 18 metres long (about 30 feet by 60 feet).

“We’d have narrow lots with small dwellings that provide an alternative to multi-unit townhouse units and semi-detached dwellings,” said Morris.

Council offered an enthusiastic reception to the development and several councillors thanked the Malaynys for their commitment to the city.

When the Journal Pioneer asked the Malaynys what the inspiration was for the project, they referred the paper to speak to their lawyer.

The next step for the two rezoning requests is for city staff to look over the proposed developments and provide feedback to the city’s planning board. They’ll make a recommendation to council for the final say at the next regular council meeting.

“Two weeks from now, it’ll be all done,” said Coun. Brian McFeeley, meaning the rezoning decision.

“We want to eliminate barriers not create them.”

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