Buildings have started coming down in Charlottetown in advance of the building of a new student residence for Holland College.

The $6.96-million residence, a four-storey building with 81 beds, will be built at the corner of Grafton and Cumberland streets.

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Crews began to knock down this apartment building early Tuesday morning. (Tom Steepe/CBC)

Seven buildings will be demolished for the development, including low-income apartments, a Middle Eastern restaurant and an Asian grocery store.

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This garage was no match for a backhoe as day one of demolition got underway. (Tom Steepe/CBC)

Some larges pieces of equipment have been brought in to take down businesses on Grafton Street.

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The demolition will include businesses on Grafton Street... (Tom Steepe/CBC)

The demoliton work is expected to take about about two weeks to complete.

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Justin Dunn, director of facilities management, watches as the last of this apartment building is demolished. (Tom Steepe/CBC)

Holland College said with a waiting list of 250 students for Glendenning Hall, a new residence is badly needed.

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Michael O'Grady, the college's vice-president responsible for innovation, enterprise and strategic development, said some students will be choosing not to attend Holland College this fall because of a lack of residence space at Glendenning Hall. (Tom Steepe/CBC)

The residence will feature one-, two- and three-bedroom units, similar to school's existing residence. 

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The new four-storey residence will have one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartment-style units. (Tom Steepe/CBC)

The new four-storey residence is scheduled to be completed by August, 2018.

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This apartment building waits to be torn down to make way for a student residence. (Tom Steepe/CBC)