Thoughtful presentation by Larry Haiven to an all-party committee reviewing a proposal to eliminate capped property assessments in Nova Scotia. “Our fear is that, allowed to run free, tax assessment based on the vagaries of the market could seriously damage a wonderful, diverse and still-affordable neighbourhood,” said Haiven.
Larry Haiven on a proposed development at Spring Garden and Robie, an impressive facade failing to hide four towers of 30, 26, 20 and 16 storeys on a single city block. “Using a bit of heritage as the fig leaf for rampant and unheeding development is becoming the latest shell game in Halifax,” writes Haiven.
Judy Haiven: “What is the point of the city declaring downtown Halifax’s Schmidtville a Heritage Conservation District when hundreds of houses in the area are at risk of cracking, shifting and even falling apart? Why should local people have to put up with more excavations and blasting so some rich guys can get richer?”
Tonight, July 17, at City Hall Council Chamber, the final public hearing for the Schmidtville Heritage Conservation District will take place. “It’s been a long, long time coming,” says Friends of Schmidtville spokesperson Larry Haiven, professor emeritus at Saint Mary’s University, “We made our initial application in 2009. But we’re very glad it’s almost over.