A vocal group of Charlottetown residents is asking city council to block the development of a new apartment building on Eden Street.

At a public meeting Tuesday night, residents told council the building is too large for the neighbourhood, and will hurt property values.


The developer is proposing the apartments go on the lot currently occupied by this house. (CBC)

Currently, a two-storey home sits on the proposed development site. The project's architect said the apartment would eventually be a four storey, 10-unit apartment building with a dozen parking spots.

Eden Street resident Heather Scott said that's unacceptable.

"Just so you can make money, you're going to destroy our neighbourhood? We've lived there for 45 years," said Scott.

"Put a two to three bedroom duplexes in. Bring kids back into the neighbourhood, not apartment buildings. We don't need that."

Current zoning only allows for six apartment units. Residents said neither the lot nor the neighbourhood, which currently includes an autobody shop along with detached homes, can accommodate anything more than single-family residences. Coun. Mitch Tweel challenged the building's architect to prove the concept could work.

"We're talking residents that have lived in this street for 50 and 60 years, OK, and take pride in the neighbourhood," said Tweel.

The developer did not attend the meeting, but architect Chris Jette argued the building does conform to the city's bylaws.

After the meeting, Tweel said he's not convinced the project should move ahead.

"If I had my say in the matter, I think we would go back to the drawing board, and it would be beneficial for not only the developer, but for the community," he said.

It's now up to city planners to decide whether to allow the developer to go ahead. City staff will make its final recommendation to council on May 13.