Media advisory: Development Options Halifax, a volunteer citizens’ group continues to prepare 3-D graphics and models for proposed developments unlike anything the city or public has seen. These accurately illustrate some of the largest developments in the history of the Peninsula in their neighbourhood context.
Media release: A Halifax citizens’ group dedicated to better public engagement on urban development intends to appear at the upcoming Sept 7 public hearing before HRM Council to oppose two developments that it calls “monstrous.”
Media release: HRM’s response to significant public concerns over two massive Spring Garden Road high-rises that will overwhelm and negatively impact the entire historic Carlton Street neighbourhood has been to give the developers even more height.
HRM Council decided NOT to register the beloved set of colourful shops on Queen St. north of Spring Garden. They have been put up for sale and will likely be demolished. Unless we act.
New development tends to start with the tearing down of existing buildings. I spoke with Peggy Cameron about the city’s problematic demolition approvals, their impact on climate change and affordable housing, and the reluctance of city councillors to make things better.
Actor and comedian Cathy Jones believes HRM Mayor and Council aren’t taking citizens’ concerns and best interests into account when making decisions about development approvals, but instead they’re following the developers’ lead.
Media release: Two proposals by Dexel and Rovualis, for 30, 16, 20, and 26 towers at Spring Garden, Robie, College and Carlton Streets are to be considered at a special meeting of the Heritage Advisory Committee on Wednesday, June 5th, 3pm at City Hall.
News release: Development Option Halifax is calling on the Mayor and Council to require HRM planning staff to provide 3-D models to let citizens see what Centre Plan’s changes to the city will really look like, before the Plan is approved.
It’s been hard to picture the total impact of two side by side massive developments on Spring Garden and Robie, since the two initiatives have been winding their way through the approval process independently. Now, thanks to the hard work of architectural student Hadrian Laing, there is a model that encompasses the entire neighbourhood, its current buildings and the two proposed developments.