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Halifax council OK's 19-storey downtown condo
Last Updated: Wednesday, June 11, 2008 | 9:21 AM AT Comments12Recommend7CBC News
A 19-storey condominium and commercial development for downtown Halifax has been endorsed by council.

Halifax regional council voted 21-1 Tuesday in favour of the building at South Park and Brenton streets. Only Dawn Sloane, the councillor for the area, rejected it.

The endorsement comes despite concerns from some residents who fear the development will affect Schmidtville, a nearby neighbourhood that's about 200 years old.

In a public hearing before the vote, some people told council the tall building would keep the sunlight out of parks in the area or turn Brenton Street into a wind canyon.

However, there were a number of supporters who argued that it's the right time and location for such a development.

Developer Wadih Fares is thrilled council overwhelmingly supported the condo project, which also includes street-level shops and underground parking.

"What can I say? We are very pleased, to say the least," he said.

Fares expects construction to begin this fall.
 

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This is one of many similar projects happening in the downtown area.

Others proposed/approved/U/C buildings are United Gulf (twin 27 storey), the Alexander tower at the Brewery Market (also 19 storeys), a 9 storey office building on Hollis, another 19 storey tower at Cogswell and Brunswick, a 10 storey building at Hollis and Morris, a large waterfront development at the foot of Salter, and some other stuff.

Another big project is a 400,000 square foot, 22 floor office tower planned for the Northern end of Barrington Street. The downtown office vacancy rate in Halifax is now something like 2-3%. The tower itself is already approved and some kind of announcement relating to it is rumoured to be coming any day now. They can begin construction immediately but it's unclear whether or not they have found an anchor tenant.

Many more details can be found at SSP.
 

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As for this development specifically, it could be appealed by heritage groups but that seems kind of unlikely. Support for it was pretty much overwhelming, as indicated by the council vote, and the complaints against it really made no sense (e.g. slippery slope arguments claiming that nearby areas of heritage buildings would be ploughed under for more towers, which are just irrelevant).

This is overall a really successful part of the city. 5 other large residential buildings have gone up in the area over the past few years and there's a fairly new urban format grocery store, etc.
 

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This is the right development for that corner. I hope the sidewalks end up as wide as in that render.
 
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