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Dmajackson
Jan 28, 2009, 6:15 PM
IWK to get new unit, thanks to Armco

By JOHN GILLIS Health Reporter
Wed. Jan 28 - 5:50 AM
Construction will begin next month on a new medical in-patient unit for children and their families at the IWK Health Centre.

The renovation of the seventh floor of the 40-year-old children’s site at the Halifax hospital is part of a larger overhaul of the whole complex that started in 2005.

Design work for the seventh floor and a sixth-floor oncology unit were put on hold early last year when the large project went well over its original $48-million budget.

But plans for the medical unit are back on track.

Armco Capital, a Halifax development company owned by the Armoyan family, has pledged $750,000 to the IWK Foundation to finance the work.

The renovated floor will be a comfortable place for patients with conditions like cystic fibrosis, asthma and gastrointestinal problems, said Brad Jacobs, director of development for the IWK Foundation.

The unit will have 24 patient rooms, each with bathrooms and space enough for parents to sleep and for health staff and the kind of equipment used in modern medicine.

There will be a lead-lined room for children getting treatment for thyroid cancer.

The floor will also have amenities like a playroom and kitchen and laundry area to make the environment more home-like.

"Regardless of the situation for a patient coming in, we can provide everything they need," Mr. Jacobs said.

Armco will make a contribution for each lot sold in its large Governors Brook subdivision in the Spryfield area, launching this week.

The first two phases have already been purchased by builder Elegant Homes, enabling Armco to deliver a first cheque worth $90,500 to the IWK Foundation, said Armco marketing manager Kathleen O’Donovan.

Mr. Jacobs said the $750,000 pledge is a substantial one, especially at a time when charities are competing for scarce corporate dollars.

Dmajackson
Jan 30, 2009, 8:47 PM
Not sure where to put this so please move it if there is a better thread for it;

Sprucing up downtown
Facade Improvement project gets underway in Dartmouth
By Melanie Furlong
Fri. Jan 30 - 4:47 AM

Downtown Dartmouth is expected to see a facelift this year as its Facade Improvement project gets underway. Tim Olive, executive director of the Downtown Dartmouth Business Commission, says the program aims to improve the sidewalk facing fronts of all of commercial properties in the downtown core starting with Portland Street.

"That’s physical upgrades: paint, doors, canopies, windows, signage, anything that will improve the pedestrian environment and encourage pedestrians to further explore the street," says Olive. "We began preliminary work on this project three years ago and it’s taken an awful long time."

ACOA helped in the initial phases with the design proposal and the province helped subsequently, but it’s taken three years to get the package launched.

"Since then," says Olive, "we’ve had seven independent applications for the paperwork from business and property owners. We have two applications back so far and both, interestingly enough, are looking at spending in excess of $10,000 when we pay 50 per cent, up to $3,000."

Property owners doing $6,000 worth of work or more that is approved by the project’s municipal planning expert and architect will be paid back $3,000.

"We have an independent panel so we can get an independent review of the application. We hope we’ll have some response back from them in the next two weeks saying these applicants have met the standards for what needs to be done so it can be approved and we can give them the go-ahead to move forward with their project. It’s quite exciting because the first two or three projects are going to set the tone for the rest."

Similar programs have been implemented across the country, including in North Sydney, Sydney Mines and Glace Bay. In Glace Bay, a number of business owners said they wouldn’t participate, but the downtown ended up having a 95 per cent participation rate.

"Those participants’ buildings were looking so good, they made the others look even worse," Olive explains.

"The whole idea is to encourage businesses to spend the money to improve the facade of their building and hopefully make a better pedestrian environment and also to encourage those pedestrians to enter the store and want to see a little bit more."

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Downtown development
Housing being created fits the needs of the area
By Carol Dobson
Fri. Jan 30 - 4:47 AM

When District 12 Councillor Dawn Sloane draws an imaginary box around the area enclosed by Inglis, Robie and North Streets in Halifax, and the harbour, she’s excited about the amount of development that is occurring within those parameters.

She points out the new building at the corner of North and Agricola Streets that is designed for non-profit housing, new condominium developments on Gottingen Street including the Theatre Lofts project, people moving into Armoury Square, and the newly-broken ground for the Trillium project on South Park Street.

"When I was driving down Barrington Street, I saw them taking core samples next to the Delta Barrington for the new International Place," she says.

"So that means they’re doing the due diligence on the site that needs to be done before construction starts."

"It’s really nice to see the faith people have in our downtown," Sloane adds.

"Especially in the Gottingen and Agricola areas. We’ve been working hard to make sure that it’s a viable community and I call it Halifax’s best kept secret."

In that neighbourhood, the Brickyard Condominium project was entering its final stages in late December of 2008. She also points to the Glube Lots condominiums on Cornwallis Street.

Two have been completed and on the market.

Sloane anticipates there will be some activity in the Spring Garden Road area in 2009. She expects to see a request for proposals (RFP) for the lands at the corner of Spring Garden and Queen Streets where the new library is to be located.

The RFP, she says, will ask for ideas for the library and also for commercial and residential development on the property.

Sloane also expects to see the two Clyde Street parking lots being looked at in terms of development.

"The broken teeth in our downtown are beginning to be filled," she says.

She’s pleased to see the new housing being built in this area is a mixture, ranging from high end to affordable.

"The housing being created fits the needs of the area. People are purchasing at the Brickyard because it’s medium-priced housing and the new low-income housing at Buddy Daye and Creighton Streets is filled.

"I’m hearing that vacancy rates in Halifax are down and they’re up in Dartmouth. That says to me that people are moving closer to the core."

She says when you look at the demographics of this area, you’re seeing empty nesters moving closer to the city centre.

"They’re coming to the Spring Garden area, because it’s close to shops, theatre, restaurants, and the hospitals. This is exactly what HRM By Design is talking about — having a city where, no matter where your neighbourhood is located, you’re only a few minutes away from your bank, from a grocery store, or the store where you buy your slippers.

"If we can maintain those things that people hold dear, then people will continue to move into this area and so far, that seems to be working."

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Urban, rural development remains strong

By Special Features Staff Special Features Writer
Fri. Jan 30 - 4:47 AM

Rumours of slow downs in the real estate sector may apply to the rest of Canada, but one has to question their relevance when it comes to the Halifax Regional Municipality.

Let’s face it — communities are both popping up and expanding all over this part of the province.

Armco Developments is currently increasing the size of three of their subdivisions as Phase II of Twin Brooks and Phase I and II of Governors Brook are underway. Silver Estates will offer 44 more lots from which home builders may choose.

Armco’s Twin Brooks is Sackville’s newest residential community, located at the former site of the Sackville Golf Course. Phase I includes 26 serviced lots that are conveniently located and reached by taking Sackville Drive or Beaverbank Road to Millwood and then Jackladder.

Governor’s Brook is a strategically-planned community perfect for the active family. A wide mix of single family, semi-detached and multiple-family homes are located among parks and green space that provide ample outdoor activity opportunities for all residents.

Located off Herring Cove Road in Halifax, Governor’s Brook is just minutes to downtown Halifax on public transit routes, near shopping and medical centres as well as schools, recreation and community centres.

The new Silver Estates is a quiet cul-de-sac community in the neighbourhood of Pine Grove and Theakston, bordering on the nature preserve and trails of Macintosh Run. This new development offers city-serviced lots that are within walking distance of schools, retail services, churches and a community centre.

Ridgewood Park, another new community from Armco, is located in Brookside, offering acre plus country-style home sites. Only minutes from Halifax, this country-style community has designated parkland and is surrounded by Moosehorn Lake, McGrath Lake and Loon Lake.

"It is important to Armco that we diversify across product lines as well as geographically," says Kathleen O’Donovan of Armco. "We are optimistic about the coming year, especially because we offer a product to suit all areas of the market — with high, medium and entry-level home lots. Nova Scotia is in a great position to ride out these questionable economic times."

Clayton Developments Limited also feels positive about the current climate.

"Clayton Developments have had an exceptional year in 2008 with anticipated strong activity into 2009," says Peter Greenwood, vice-president, real estate, with Clayton.

"The old adage that quality is always good value holds true, even in tougher economic times."

The Ravines of Bedford South is a Clayton community that will, upon completion in five years’ time, cover 500 acres of lands nestled between the Bicentennial and Bedford Highways.

The project was started just five years ago and is already home to nearly 500 families.

Two new streets will be opening early this year in The Ravines, Stockton Ridge and Windridge Place, offering a selection of Cresco built homes and townhomes.

Also, the Larry Uteck / Highway 102 Interchange has been announced for a 2009 start. Completion of this major piece of infrastructure will enable Clayton open up the western end of The Ravines in 2010.

The Parks of West Bedford is a brand new, joint venture from developer Clayton and builder Cresco. The two companies have acquired 1,300 acres for the design and development of five or six smaller communities. It will take approximately 20 years to complete.

The developer recently received approval for the first phase of the overall community plan which entails about 200 acres bounded by Hammonds Plains Road, Highway 102 and Bluewater Road. The main entrance to this first area will be from the Hammonds Plains Road.

The first major development in The Parks is now under construction as Northwood is building a new 160,000 sq. ft. long-term care facility anticipated to open early in 2010.

The first single-family lots are anticipated to be delivered to the market before the end of the year.

"This project will supply metro’s new home market for 20 to 25 years," says Greenwood. "It’s beautifully located in Bedford with easy access form the Hammonds Plains Road and eventually from Kearney Lake Road. We believe West Bedford will prove to be as successful as our other communities like Clayton Park, The Ravines, Portland Hills and Russell Lake West."

hfx_chris
Jan 30, 2009, 10:43 PM
Glad to hear they're actually moving ahead with the Dartmouth facade project, like so many good ideas I was afraid this was going to go nowhere. Should do wonders for Portland Street, and I'm especially happy because I work in downtown Dartmouth.

Jonovision
Jan 31, 2009, 1:35 AM
Yah, that is good news. It will do wonders for the area. And certainly make for a much nicer walk down to the ferry.

Dmajackson
Feb 3, 2009, 6:25 PM
Tidbit from the Burnside News this month;

• Dartmouth Crossing’s request to rezone part of its lands to allow for residential development is sparking quite a debate. Many business people in Burnside are uncomfortable with the idea of mixing residential in with an established business park, especially given the significant industrial sector. Some are concerned families, and especially young children, don’t mix well with constant truck traffic. Others see potential conflicts in which residential complaints could lead to curtailing of business operations. Even the proposed functional plan for future business park development recommends against it. However, the idea of increasing the opportunity for people to live closer to where they work also has its supporters. Environmentalists like the idea and Trevor Zinck, MLA for the area, has publicly supported the concept several times. Even the Greater Burnside Business Association has indicated it needs to study the idea further before taking an official position.

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New construction is underway on Highfield Park Drive adjacent The Gallery building. This is a 150,000 square foot Class A office building, with Lockheed Martin announced as the anchor tenant.

Dmajackson
Feb 10, 2009, 2:09 AM
Fall River recreation centre now open
Mon. Feb 9 - 3:36 PM

FALL RIVER — The long-awaited new recreation centre in Fall River is finally open.

It had been scheduled to open to the public and firefighters last year, but was delayed when it was discovered that the quantity and quality of the well water supplied to the new Gordon R. Snow Recreation Centre was inadequate.

Area Coun. Barry Dalrymple said a consultant is looking into those issues and will report the findings to the city at a later date.

In the meantime, cisterns have been filled to provide non-potable water to the centre and the fire department. Drinking water is also being brought in to the centre.

Because of the supply issue, showers won’t be available for use, he said.

He said the offices at the centre opened on Feb. 1 and the facility was then open to the public the next day, but programming was not expected to start for a few more weeks.

But he said the gym is now being well used by soccer and basketball teams.

"That was by far and away the main thing," he said.

"The good news is that it’s an absolutely fabulous gym. The downside is it’s only one gym. . . . We just need more."

The local fire department, which moved from the old firehall farther up Fall River Road, is also operating fully out of its new home at the centre.

Dmajackson
Feb 14, 2009, 2:04 PM
University expands its Links for students
New bricks and mortar for the Mount
By KRISTEN LIPSCOMBE Education Reporter
Sat. Feb 14 - 5:23 AM

Whether they’re studying, socializing or surfing the web, first-year students Abbey Creelman and Kaitlyn Smallwood say they spend tonnes of time in the sunny gathering spot affectionately referred to at Mount Saint Vincent University as "the Link."

In fact, they were there late Tuesday morning, where they grabbed a bite to eat and used the wireless Internet connection shortly after the Mount announced that another Link will soon be constructed on the Halifax campus, located on Bedford Highway.

At a news conference inside the current Link that connects the E. Margaret Fulton Communications Centre with the Seton Academic Centre, university representatives said the second Link will connect the communications centre, more commonly called the library, to the new Teaching, Learning and Research Centre.

They said the old Link will now be known as the RBC North Link, while the new one will become the RBC West Link once it’s completed.

Jone Mitchell, the university’s associate vice-president of advancement, said after the unveiling that work on the new building and the new Link should start some time in 2010.

She said construction for both is expected to cost $16 million, with the university itself financing $4 million for the new building. The Royal Bank of Canada said Tuesday it is donating $175,000 to build the actual Link.

"The Link is always filled with students, even in the evenings," Ms. Mitchell said.

President and vice-chancellor Kathryn Laurin agreed the Link "is one of the most popular spaces where students gather to collaborate on projects, to socialize and to enjoy . . . the spectacular view of the Bedford Basin."

Jeremy Neilson, president of the Mount Saint Vincent University Students’ Union, said the Link has always been a magnet for students and admits he spends, on average, about half of his day hanging out there.

"I personally spend my fair share of time in the RBC North Link, a bit academically, (but) more so socially," he said, inciting chuckles from the crowd gathered there Tuesday, as several curious students passed by.

Ms. Creelman and Ms. Smallwood, 18-year-old friends from Beaver Bank, said they’re always in the Link between classes but noted that sometimes it can be tough to find an empty seat in the busy spot.

Mr. Neilson told The Chronicle Herald later that the new Link is expected to be bigger and better, adding that students themselves doled out more than $700,000 toward the university’s capital campaign, called Building Tomorrow Together.

Ms. Laurin said Tuesday that the Mount has reached 62 per cent of its campaign goal, or about $9.8 million of the $16 million total.

Greg Grice, the Atlantic regional president for the Royal Bank of Canada, said his company is also giving $25,000 so the university can endow its first-ever leadership scholarship, which "not only rewards academic excellence, but also recognizes the importance of being active in one’s community."

alps
Feb 15, 2009, 9:12 AM
Kind of a poorly written article, would be nice if they actually explained what a "Link" is in this context :sly:

hfx_chris
Feb 15, 2009, 4:38 PM
Agreed. I assume it is some sort of pedway connecting buildings?
I seem to recall from my one visit to the campus that they have tunnels between some buildings as well.

Dmajackson
Feb 15, 2009, 9:01 PM
Kind of a poorly written article, would be nice if they actually explained what a "Link" is in this context :sly:

Thats what I was trying to figure out when I posted the article. I was hoping someone on the forum would now what they're talking about.

someone123
Feb 16, 2009, 3:21 AM
Agreed. I assume it is some sort of pedway connecting buildings?
I seem to recall from my one visit to the campus that they have tunnels between some buildings as well.

I've only been there a couple of times but they have some large glassed in corridors between a couple of buildings. I'm guessing those are what they are referring to.

Keith P.
Feb 19, 2009, 8:39 PM
I noticed today the HDBC is finally taking down the old Robie Street overpass coming inbound from the MacKay. The guardrails are already taken down.

Update: It's about half down as of now. They started by building girder supports under the length of it and then at the end closest to the bridge they jackhammered that part down. The part that remains is what passes over other roadways and I suspect they will cut that into sections and hoist it off with a crane.

Dmajackson
Feb 21, 2009, 4:49 PM
Update: It's about half down as of now. They started by building girder supports under the length of it and then at the end closest to the bridge they jackhammered that part down. The part that remains is what passes over other roadways and I suspect they will cut that into sections and hoist it off with a crane.

I've been by this a lot in the last day or so and they are breaking it into little peices but I haven't seen a crane yet.

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McNabs fort to get facelift
DND to restore first floor of former officers’ barracks
By CHRIS LAMBIE Staff Reporter
Sat. Feb 21 - 5:35 AM

The military plans to preserve a portion of historic fortifications at McNabs Island that came under the gun last year.

Several politicians and a former soldier who once served at the site complained last February after The Chronicle Herald revealed Defence Construction Canada’s plan to demolish part of Fort Hugonin, on the northwest edge of the island in the mouth of Halifax Harbour.

A recent tender shows the federal government still intends to remove hazardous materials, including asbestos, lead or PCBs contaminating the property, but it also wants to preserve parts of the officers’ barracks, a building that dates back to 1899.

"Our understanding is that they are going to remove the dilapidated second storey of the building, which has been leaking since the early 1990s, so it’s in quite bad shape," said Cathy McCarthy, president of the Friends of McNabs Island Society.

"Then they’re going to restore the main floor."

The building’s second storey was added in the 1950s to house a navy listening post that monitored ship traffic. While losing that relatively new section doesn’t bother society members, they weren’t happy with last year’s plans to tear down the whole building.

"We heard through The Herald that the site was going to be completely demolished, and we were a little upset about that and we contacted the Department of National Defence," Ms. McCarthy said Friday.

The work is expected to cost about $230,000. CFB Halifax spokesman Mike Bonin confirmed Friday that historic portions of the barracks will be preserved.

"After the Friends of McNabs Island raised their concerns we did go back and have a second look at the project, and this is now a result of the historical study," Mr. Bonin said.

After conducting the historical review of the property and an engineering study that showed the ground floor is still sound, the military decided to save the bottom section of the building, Ms. McCarthy said.

"We’d like to see it eventually interpreted as a piece of Canada’s military history," she said. "We would hope to see interpretation panels put up with information about the building, as well as the other military sites on the island, once it gets developed as a provincial park."

As well as serving as the officers’ barracks, it was also the site of a school for young island dwellers between the two world wars, Ms. McCarthy said.

"Some of our members actually went to the school there, so it’s got quite a varied history," she said.

McNabs Island was named a provincial park in 2002, but some pockets remain in private hands and Ottawa owns others.

Fort Hugonin consists of four quick-firing gun emplacements, subterranean magazines, crew shelters and several associated buildings.

The military used one of the buildings until 1992 as a listening post to monitor ship traffic in the harbour.

It has since declared Hugonin surplus and there has been talk of handing the property over to the province.

Bruce Oland, a former soldier who was stationed at Fort Hugonin during the Second World War, was appalled last year when the federal government wanted to tear it down.

He was pleased to learn Fri-day those plans have changed.

"I think it’s great; they should preserve everything that they can because it might not mean so much today, but it will in time," said Mr. Oland, who was stationed at Fort Hugonin and Fort McNab in 1939 and 1940 as part of the 1st Halifax Coast Brigade of the Canadian army.

"I think it means a lot to Halifax."

worldlyhaligonian
Feb 21, 2009, 10:34 PM
The Armoury should be top priority, why are they doing this first.

hfx_chris
Feb 21, 2009, 10:49 PM
This building is in much poorer condition.

Dmajackson
Feb 22, 2009, 3:06 AM
I've been by this a lot in the last day or so and they are breaking it into little peices but I haven't seen a crane yet.

I proved myself wrong on this tonight. I drove by it for the seventh time today earlier and there is a mobile crane onsite.

Keith P.
Feb 22, 2009, 9:11 PM
I proved myself wrong on this tonight. I drove by it for the seventh time today earlier and there is a mobile crane onsite.

They will probably decide to remove it around 4:00PM on a weekday to be sure to cause the most inconvenience to traffic... :rolleyes:

terrynorthend
Feb 23, 2009, 1:21 AM
They will probably decide to remove it around 4:00PM on a weekday to be sure to cause the most inconvenience to traffic... :rolleyes:

Sunday Night. Just drove by at 9:00 pm. they've got big Kleig Lights up, lots of activity, ramps blocked.. hopefully it'll be gone by morning!!

Keith P.
Feb 23, 2009, 6:27 PM
Sunday Night. Just drove by at 9:00 pm. they've got big Kleig Lights up, lots of activity, ramps blocked.. hopefully it'll be gone by morning!!

Still there as of lunchtime. Maybe it got too windy.

pnightingale
Feb 23, 2009, 8:34 PM
Still there as of lunchtime. Maybe it got too windy.

I read in the paper that the city told them the could close the roads under it for two weekends, and they will be working 24 hours a day for both weekends. Should be nice for residents in the area.

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Dartmouth, NS – The Halifax-Dartmouth Bridge Commission (HDBC) wishes to advise motorists of the following ramp closures for the weekends of February 20 to 23 and February 27 to March 2, 2009.

From 7:00 pm Friday, February 20 until 5:30 am Monday, February 23 and again from 7:00 pm Friday, February 27 until 5:30 am Monday, March 2 the MacKay Bridge Barrington Street exit and entrance ramps will be closed. During this time the Windsor/Robie to Barrington ramp will also be closed.

The closures are required to allow for the safe removal of Structure 9 (also known as the old K-ramp) from the Halifax side of the MacKay Bridge.

These closures are being done on the weekend to minimize disruption to the travelling public. Traffic will be detoured during the closures. Please note that in the case weather prevents work on one of these weekends, the alternate date will be the weekend of March 6 to 9, 2009.

The Halifax-Dartmouth Bridge Commission is the forward thinking manager of key transportation infrastructure assets in the Halifax Regional Municipality. Its mission is to provide safe, efficient and reliable passage at an appropriate cost.

Keith P.
Feb 23, 2009, 9:03 PM
I read in the paper that the city told them the could close the roads under it for two weekends, and they will be working 24 hours a day for both weekends.

I don't know how this is possible. Aren't we always told that the reason any road project around here takes forever and disrupts traffic so badly is because it isn't practical to work multiple shifts and overnight because it's too expensive and there aren't any workers willing to do so? :shrug:

worldlyhaligonian
Feb 23, 2009, 9:15 PM
Its the Bridge Commission doing the work, not the city... maybe they should do the road work too. :cheers:

Keith P.
Feb 24, 2009, 1:25 AM
Its the Bridge Commission doing the work, not the city... maybe they should do the road work too. :cheers:

I don't think that would be good... the HDBC was responsible for the work on the Victoria Rd/Circ interchange this fall and it still isn't finished. Just an atrocious piece of work too, the new pavement is worse than what was there.

terrynorthend
Feb 24, 2009, 2:03 AM
The closures are required to allow for the safe removal of Structure 9 (also known as the old K-ramp) from the Halifax side of the MacKay Bridge.

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Ha. Does anyone else think this sounds straight out of a Kafka novel? A bridge with no purpose named "Structure 9/K-ramp"... official self-referential announcements from the "Commission", followed by closures to "remove" the bridge with no purpose, that curiously, DON'T remove the bridge with no purpose.. :jester:

pnightingale
Feb 24, 2009, 10:48 PM
I don't know how this is possible. Aren't we always told that the reason any road project around here takes forever and disrupts traffic so badly is because it isn't practical to work multiple shifts and overnight because it's too expensive and there aren't any workers willing to do so?

Something tells me that if the city was doing the work, it would take a hell of a lot longer than two weekends. The city told them they didn't have a choice in the matter, they only had two weekends. And what do they care, they aren't spending their money, it's the bridge commission's money. If only there were someone who had the power to tell the city that there was a time limit on their public works projects.

hfx_chris
Feb 24, 2009, 10:50 PM
Ha. Does anyone else think this sounds straight out of a Kafka novel? A bridge with no purpose named "Structure 9/K-ramp"... official self-referential announcements from the "Commission", followed by closures to "remove" the bridge with no purpose, that curiously, DON'T remove the bridge with no purpose.. :jester:

Aha. The decommissioning of Structure Nine.
K-Ramp reminds me of K-Mart.

Dmajackson
Feb 24, 2009, 11:16 PM
Something tells me that if the city was doing the work, it would take a hell of a lot longer than two weekends. The city told them they didn't have a choice in the matter, they only had two weekends. And what do they care, they aren't spending their money, it's the bridge commission's money. If only there were someone who had the power to tell the city that there was a time limit on their public works projects.

Yah really. The city IS the slowest at construction.

Any bets on how long it will take the city to repair the Fairview Overpass (it defenitely won't be two weekends)?

Keith P.
Feb 24, 2009, 11:20 PM
Yah really. The city IS the slowest at construction.

Any bets on how long it will take the city to repair the Fairview Overpass (it defenitely won't be two weekends)?

The Fairview Overpass is a provincial govt project, which means it will take at least as long to build as a HRM project and will be done in a totally half-assed manner.

Dmajackson
Feb 24, 2009, 11:25 PM
The Fairview Overpass is a provincial govt project, which means it will take at least as long to build as a HRM project and will be done in a totally half-assed manner.

Its provincial? Well I'll be...

I beg to differ though. Last summer the province replaced the concrete barriers on Magazine Hill (many kms long) and it only took them a week.

Meanwhile last year the widening of Hammonds Plains took something like 6 months and they only worked during rush-hour!

They might take the same amount of time but the city is worse because they don't work at convenient times (night-time & weekends) like the province does.

kph06
Feb 25, 2009, 12:25 AM
I don't really see how a project would take any longer because it is city or provincial, when it all comes down to it they pick from the same pool of contractors, most likely Dexter construction, Ocean or one of the other big name ones around here. Its not like the city hires their own workers or the province hires there own workers. The thing that takes time is planning and approval, and personally I would be more comfortable driving under or over something that was designed properly rather than in a rush.

Dmajackson
Feb 28, 2009, 6:09 PM
Interesting. I did a search on The Villa on Agricola and came up with this kijiji ad (http://halifax.kijiji.ca/c-community-artists-musicians-La-Villa-on-Agricola-Artists-Studios-W0QQAdIdZ92067751)..

It seems they are being marketed as "Artists Studios with Gallery" if so this could be a pretty cool building.

I was by this today and while it looked okay compared to its neighbours they are putting in some ugly brownish-grey blocks on the ground level. :yuck:

kph06
Mar 3, 2009, 2:48 AM
Apparently Gerard Hall will be getting a face lift in the near future, probably something similar to what is happening to the VG on south or the science building at SMU.

spryscraper
Mar 3, 2009, 5:46 PM
Nice one. That area's gonna look pretty good once the SGR/Queen lots are filled in and the Trillium is built, Gerard Hall as it stands is one of the few real eyesores in the area (apart from the parking lots). I wonder if Fenwick will ever get an upgrade once it's sold?

hfx_chris
Mar 3, 2009, 10:03 PM
Gerard Hall

Every time I hear Gerard Hall mentioned, I instantly think of the Monty Python sketch, Italian for Italians, in which they - in very poor Italian accents, try to pronounce the name Gerrards Cross, an English village.
Sorry, kinda off topic..

Dmajackson
Mar 7, 2009, 4:39 AM
Burnside New March 2009 tidbits:

• Councillor Jim Smith is working on a proposal for the creation of a new youth centre for District Nine. The project is still at the preliminary stages, but one of the funding options being considered is an area rate. That means the city tax bill to every citizen and business in the district – which includes all of Burnside – would see a slight increase to generate the needed funds. Smith says if the project goes ahead and an area rate is implemented, it would likely result in a yearly area rate of one cent or less over the district. This amounts to a business assessed at say $1 million paying $100 or less toward the youth centre. The average home would pay $13.00.

• Two of the main roads in the Atlantic Gateway Halifax Logistics Park, Wilkinson and Burbridge Avenues, are now accessible from the Wright Avenue Extension. The concrete barriers that were blocking the way have been removed.

Barrington south
Mar 8, 2009, 4:09 PM
Not sure if this has been mentioned before...On the Waterfront Development Corporation Ltd. website...under latest news...go to "Cable Wharf update"...it talks about some changes to the cable wharf and to Murphy's...mentions an expanded resturant area, redisigned walkway around building (which I used to like to sit on in the summer and enjoy a nice cigerette Mmmmm) and other changes...including exciting interprative sinage....Ohhh and it's gonna be painted a new colar....sweet

Jonovision
Mar 8, 2009, 5:20 PM
I haven't seen the website, but they have been working all winter long now. All new windows have been installed, they are extending the second floor now, and half the building has been resided with a red siding.

Dmajackson
Mar 8, 2009, 5:50 PM
I looked on the WDCL's website and it looks like its going to be a nice improvement.

Cable Wharf Update (http://wdcl.ca/documents/CableWharfUpdate.pdf)

One thing "Barrington_South" forgot to mention was Murphy's is now going to be open all year around effective this spring. :)

Dmajackson
Mar 8, 2009, 5:53 PM
On another note I found this on the WDCL's website relating to the Bedford Harbourwalk;

Bedford Harbourwalk Trail Extension

The Bedford Harbourwalk Trail is growing. Residents and visitors are seeing work underway in the Mill Cove area to extend the well-used trail, which will include new landscaping and visual elements.

WDCL is building up the corridor along the access road, from just beyond the end of Waterfront Drive, around to the parking lot at the South Jetty and Boat Ramp.

This boardwalk extension project is being done in two phases.

Phase I of the project included building up this area by 1 or 2 metres from the edge of the road to the existing rock slope along the shoreline, and includes extending two sections out further into the cove. Although the roadway will not be built up any higher at this point, the elevation of the new material being placed will match the elevation of the future serviced roadway.

Over the coming weeks, weather permitting, crusher dust will be added allowing the public to access a temporary trail over the winter.

Design work for the detailed Phase 2 landscape plan will also take place over the winter. The finished landscaping, which will include curb along the boardwalk, pavers, benches, viewing areas, topsoil and vegetation, begins this spring to be completed by the summer of 2009.

Barrington south
Mar 8, 2009, 8:09 PM
and half the building has been resided with a red siding.

I think red is a good choice of color....

worldlyhaligonian
Mar 9, 2009, 4:17 AM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3580/3340066390_a8a8c107be_b.jpg

Dmajackson
Mar 9, 2009, 7:33 PM
Nice picture "worldly_haligonian" :)

Its not often I get to see snow on the waterfront.

Thats quite the bump out distance. I didn't quite realise it was going that far into the water.

worldlyhaligonian
Mar 9, 2009, 8:54 PM
I just want to see the actual development rise up behind bishop's landing there.

Barrington south
Mar 9, 2009, 10:21 PM
I just want to see the actual development rise up behind bishop's landing there.

Ya, it's gonna be sweet...I can't wait for all the American tourists walking from there cruise ship's to see it rising before them...I also can't wait for it to be built just so I can write a letter to Dawn Sloan and say "so you thought buildings like this only belong in Dubai"... (she once said something along those lines)..."welcome to the new Halifax...:cool: "

Jonovision
Mar 10, 2009, 1:04 AM
Hahahahahahaha, can I sign that letter?! :P

Jonovision
Mar 11, 2009, 2:45 AM
In my travels downtown today I also noticed that the scaffolding has finally been taken down from the tower on top of the Dominion Public Building. It's still not off the side of the main building, but we can finally see what they have done after what seems like ages of work.
It looks really clean and nice, and this crap quality phone pic does not do it justice, but I thought I would show it anyway.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3414/3345120051_7a29b8072d_o.jpg

spaustin
Mar 11, 2009, 4:46 AM
That's my office :) My cubicle is near the centre atrium and the difference inside has been dramatic. The sun is no longer blocked by all the scaffolding so my desk has gotten a whole lot brighter. Rumour has that everything is done and it'll all be down in the next few weeks, right down to street level.

Dmajackson
Mar 11, 2009, 11:08 AM
I thought this was interesting...

HRM wants to reduce school zone speed limit

By AMY PUGSLEY FRASER City Hall Reporter
Wed. Mar 11 - 5:23 AM
Drivers could be braking to 30 kilometres per hour from 50 in city school zones after council agreed Tuesday night to ask the provincial government to make the move.

The change to the provincial Motor Vehicle Act was recommended for the city’s core areas only, after a few suburban and rural councillors said speed limits on their roads are often higher than 50.

Coun. Mary Wile (Clayton Park West) brought the request to council’s regular weekly meeting, noting that many other municipalities, and some provinces, have already reduced speed limits in school zones.

Slowing traffic does save lives, she said.

"Research has shown that a child hit by a car going 50 km/h has an 80 per cent chance of dying, yet a child hit by a car going 30 km/h has only a five per cent chance of dying."

The motion immediately found support with Coun. Jerry Blumenthal (Halifax North End).

"I’ve seen it work in other places and we need to do something before we have a catastrophe," he said.

But Ms. Wile’s motion met with some resistance.

Coun. Bill Karsten (Portland-East Woodlawn) said he’d like to see some statistics to back up Ms. Wile’s claim of increased safety because he was not "100 per cent sure."

He said enforcement and education are keys to getting drivers to slow down.

"Let’s ask the question today: Why do people still speed in our streets?"

He said it’s time to make speeding as socially unacceptable as drinking and driving.

Sometimes all it takes is a ticket, said Coun. Linda Mosher (Purcells Cove-Armdale).

"People talk about a holistic approach, and I would unfortunately say baloney," she said. "You’ve got to hit them in the pocketbook . . . you’ve got to give tickets."

Coun. Russell Walker (Fairview-Clayton Park) said a trial period with a lower speed limit on Bayview Road in 2003 actually resulted in more speeding, despite enforcement and education. When the limit was dropped to 40 from 50, the average speed increased to 59 from 54.

"It went up; it shocked everybody," he said.

Ken Reashor of the city’s traffic authority told council he has already sounded out provincial officials on their willingness to reduce speed limits and they were lukewarm to the idea.

That prompted council to consider whether the best approach to the province would be a probing phone call to the deputy transportation minister, an email or a formal letter of request.

"Even just talking to a deputy minister to find out if they’re even willing to think about our suggestion," Coun. Dawn Sloane (Halifax Downtown) said in moving an amendment.

"We could actually defer this question until we hear, ‘Yes, no, maybe, warm, cold, whatever,’ and then we can get back to this."

But in the end, after Ms. Wile implored her colleagues to act, council approved a written request.

"This is a very important thing," she said.

"If we had the whole of council behind this, then that would give us the clout to go to the provincial government and say, ‘This is what we want.’ "

hfx_chris
Mar 11, 2009, 11:44 AM
That's my office :) My cubicle is near the centre atrium and the difference inside has been dramatic. The sun is no longer blocked by all the scaffolding so my desk has gotten a whole lot brighter. Rumour has that everything is done and it'll all be down in the next few weeks, right down to street level.

I wish I was still working in that building... I started after the scaffolding and tarpolans went up, and left before they came down, so I only ever got to see the atrium dark :P I also wish I had taken a tour of the tower when they were offering them last spring...
Ah well, at the end of the day I prefer where I am now, much better view.

Spitfire75
Mar 11, 2009, 1:27 PM
Some interesting news about Fenwick:

Luxury conversion planned for Halifax student apartment tower (http://www.cbc.ca/canada/nova-scotia/story/2009/03/11/ns-fenwick-luxury.html)

A Halifax property manager wants to convert Fenwick Place, the tallest building in the Maritimes, from a student residence to luxury apartments.
The tower, completed in 1971, is owned by Dalhousie University. At 33 storeys, it dwarfs the rest of south-end Halifax.

To some people, it's a concrete vision of a grim science-fiction future. But if Templeton Properties has its way, the building will be transformed.
The company plans to clad part of the building in aluminum and glass, and add extra bathrooms, granite countertops and energy-efficient appliances to the 250 units inside.

"By the time we're done with it, we're confident it's going to be one of the most recognizable buildings in Canada, and definitely the most desirable address in Nova Scotia," said Joe Metlege, with Templeton Properties.

Metlege said the building's height makes it potentially very valuable. "There's a lot of opportunity for everybody in the building from the 12th, 13th and 14th floors up to have penthouse views of the city. It's really something breathtaking," he said.

Metlege said the company has offered to buy Fenwick Place from Dalhousie University for close to the asking price of $17 million, but the deal hinges on the results of an engineer's inspection.

If all goes according to plan, Metlege, said the new apartments could be ready in about two years.

phrenic
Mar 11, 2009, 2:07 PM
That's awesome for Fenwick. Probably the best thing that could happen to the building.

worldlyhaligonian
Mar 11, 2009, 4:34 PM
All good news, especially because Dal is going to fix up that other tower... leaving very few eyesore towers in Halifax.

Is the new cladding on the Dominion building's tower going to oxidize (copper) and become green over time?

City_of_Lakes
Mar 11, 2009, 5:45 PM
That's awesome for Fenwick. Probably the best thing that could happen to the building.

Perhaps besides tearing it down..? Maybe it's just me, but I can't picture this. It's so difficult to imagine Fenwick as anything but the imposing concrete monster it is now.

phrenic
Mar 11, 2009, 7:02 PM
Perhaps besides tearing it down..?

Assuming Templeton's idea is feasible, I think it's great. We're unlikely to see anything as tall or taller built in this city in our lifetimes, so I think tearing it down would be a lost opportunity.

kph06
Mar 11, 2009, 7:12 PM
I like the sounds of this, I always thought that if they cladded the concrete column-like parts and made glass all the way down the window slots it could look appealing. (sorry probably a bad description of my idea) Besides how grimy it is now, I think it has potential with more attractive materials, the shape is interesting.

The thing that worries me about this though is that Joe Metlege and Templeton Properties would be the ones doing the Trinity site. Fenwick and Trinity could be a lot to have going on at once for a company who's other buildings aren't that big. So is this a alternative for Trinity for the time being (I assume it would be cheaper, I think it cost ~16 mill to build The James)?

worldlyhaligonian
Mar 11, 2009, 7:13 PM
Perhaps besides tearing it down..? Maybe it's just me, but I can't picture this. It's so difficult to imagine Fenwick as anything but the imposing concrete monster it is now.

You must be new to this forum.

I think it has amazing potential... what is Fenwick now but an exposed concrete structure... almost like a building without cladding.

Dmajackson
Mar 11, 2009, 7:20 PM
Perhaps besides tearing it down..? Maybe it's just me, but I can't picture this. It's so difficult to imagine Fenwick as anything but the imposing concrete monster it is now.

Becareful of what you say ... we've had some debates over that before.

BTW welcome to the forums "City_of_lakes". I'm guessing you live in Dartmouth somewheres? :)

IMO if its done correctly it could look nice. Besides how many cities have a tower so much taller then its neighbours it can be seen from a town many kms away?

worldlyhaligonian
Mar 11, 2009, 8:27 PM
Becareful of what you say ... we've had some debates over that before.

LOL, I c an't find the Fenwick redesign thread, but we've already killed the debate on this. :dead: I guess we'll have to wait and see.

It is kind of a shame if this redevelopment stalls Trinity, but it will make a big difference in the visual aesthetic of the skyline!

Dmajackson
Mar 11, 2009, 8:35 PM
LOL, I c an't find the Fenwick redesign thread, but we've already killed the debate on this. :dead: I guess we'll have to wait and see.

It is kind of a shame if this redevelopment stalls Trinity, but it will make a big difference in the visual aesthetic of the skyline!

LOL yepp that was a fun debate.

I found the thread that sprung from that debate which convieniently has a link to the original debate (which oddly enough was in the Trillium thread).

General Discussion of Fenwick (http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=152348)

Barrington south
Mar 11, 2009, 10:01 PM
"one of the most recognizable buildings in Canada"....Ummmm that might be a bit of a stretch....

Barrington south
Mar 11, 2009, 10:03 PM
I wish the boys at Templeton's all the luck though

hfx_chris
Mar 11, 2009, 11:05 PM
Perhaps besides tearing it down..? Maybe it's just me, but I can't picture this. It's so difficult to imagine Fenwick as anything but the imposing concrete monster it is now.

:( Fenwick is an awesome building... I really don't understand the problem some people have with that style of architecture.

Empire
Mar 12, 2009, 1:19 AM
Fenwick is an impressive building. Monsters are Cogswell tower, Queen's Sq, The Prince George, Churchill apts, Fort Massey, the Sewage Treatment Plant, the new Mother House and the new addition to the Convent of the Sacred Heart just to name a few.

Jringe01
Mar 12, 2009, 5:07 AM
Fenwick is an impressive building. Monsters are Cogswell tower, Queen's Sq, The Prince George, Churchill apts, Fort Massey, the Sewage Treatment Plant, the new Mother House and the new addition to the Convent of the Sacred Heart just to name a few.

Don't forget Young and Robie or that horrid one at the Quinpool Center

Haliguy
Mar 12, 2009, 11:54 AM
Live a life of luxury at...Fenwick Place?
JENNIFER TAPLIN, METRO HALIFAX
March 12, 2009 12:53




The Maritimes’ tallest eyesore may be converted into luxury apartments.


Fenwick Place is 33 storeys of student housing owned by Dalhousie University in Halifax’s south end. Templeton Properties is the winning bidder for the 250-unit building, and it wants to convert it into luxury apartments.


Joe Metlege with Templeton Properties told CBC Fenwick could be the most desirable address in Nova Scotia because of its height. Part of the building’s exterior would be encased in aluminum and glass, and extra bathrooms and other upgrades would be made to the units.


“Other than to see explosives, I’m stunned and pleased,” said Northwest Arm-South End Coun. Sue Uteck.


“Fenwick has become, particularly over the past five or six years, an issue of concern for the neighbourhood with the deteriorating state of the building.”


She added that restoration over demolition would be a “win-win” for neighbours who wouldn’t have to put up with construction starting from scratch.


Alex Reede, a resident of Fenwick Place and third-year Dalhousie student, said it would be an end of an era.


“I’m from Truro and I had some friends whose parents even lived here,” he said.


At capacity Fenwick can house 425 students, but there’s nowhere near that number living there now, said Charles Crosby, spokesman for Dalhousie University.


A number of Fenwick residents left at Christmas to look for other accommodations, and most students who live there are older and close to graduating. The rest, he said, want apartment-style living and will find something comparable elsewhere.


“There’s a vacancy rate right now so it’s a matter of these folks finding a good match, and a number of them have been pounding the pavement for the last little while for the right place.”


Crosby said there are a few details to be worked out, like an engineer’s report, before the building is technically sold to Templeton Properties.


“We’re looking at having something in place by the summer,” he said.

Barrington south
Mar 12, 2009, 6:14 PM
Fenwick is an impressive building. Monsters are Cogswell tower, Queen's Sq, The Prince George, Churchill apts, Fort Massey, the Sewage Treatment Plant, the new Mother House and the new addition to the Convent of the Sacred Heart just to name a few.

I don't see what's "impressive" about it other than it's height. I guess your dazzled by it's height...because if was a 13 story building with the same appearance...I certainly hope you wouldn't be impressed with it

Barrington south
Mar 12, 2009, 7:14 PM
could be ...the, not one of, the most desirable location to live in N.S....because of it's height...by that logic living at the top of the CN tower would be the best place to live in Canada

Jonovision
Mar 12, 2009, 9:02 PM
Definitely some good news about Fenwick. I can't wait to see what they are going to do with it.

Just going back to the Dominion Public Building. Can someone who works in there take pictures of the atrium? I've always looked up at it and wondered what it was like inside.

worldlyhaligonian
Mar 12, 2009, 9:16 PM
And is the new tower cladding copper? Will it oxidize?

someone123
Mar 12, 2009, 10:45 PM
I think people really exaggerate the impact of Fenwick. It's not that much larger than other apartment buildings and isn't hugely visible. It could be better maintained, so this is good news. Hopefully the renovations will be attractive.

Dmajackson
Mar 13, 2009, 2:07 AM
Man and I thought the Bedford Place Mall was doing badly;

Retailer nervous about health plans for half-empty mall in Spryfield

Halifax News Net


By Lindsay Jones – The Weekly News
Capital District Health Authority is eying the Spryfield Shopping Centre for a new multi-faceted health-care centre, leaving some businesses in limbo about their future in the half-empty mall.
“We haven’t been given anything official, and my personal opinion is it should be maintained as a retail mall,” said Dan Doherty, who has run Danielson’s in the mall for 17 years. The businessman says his lease was changed to month-to-month a few years ago and that puts him in a tenuous position.
“We’ve been told that probably we’ll be given eviction notices and there might or might not be some space for us in a strip mall, but we’ve not been told yes or no for sure,” Doherty said. “I’m in limbo. I’ve got a lot invested in this business and the community … It’s very frustrating.”
The mall is one of the locations Capital Health is considering moving some of its services, spokes-man Peter Graham said. The health authority wants to be closer to the Chebucto-Spryfield community and provide a more interdisciplinary approach to health care, including public health and mental- health services, under one roof.
“Discussions are under way,” Graham said. “At this point in time, no final decision has been made about what the full complement of services will be and what type of size and space is going to be needed for it.
“Over time, it could be that other services want to co-locate there or maybe use the space one day a week.”
Moving into malls that retailers are moving out of is something Capital Health has taken advantage of elsewhere in the city. Over the last two years, the health authority has moved its family medicine administrative department, a community mental-health clinic and blood-collection clinic into The Village at Bayers Road.
“We’re more accessible located in the community and it also de-stigmatizes some of those programs and services; they’re no longer in a mental-health institution,” Graham said.
The Spryfield Shopping Centre, formerly the South Centre Mall, recently changed hands and is now owned by Toronto-based Morguard Real Estate.
Mall administrator Tanya Reddick would only say that plans to redesign the shopping centre are underway, and will likely be started this spring and completed at the end of the summer.
Reddick wouldn’t reveal the scope of the renovation plans or say whether Capital Heath is moving in, but said the mall is moving in a direction similar to The Village at Bayers Road. It will include a mix of retail and office space with a goal to revive the Denith Road shopping centre and give the public more selection, she said.
More than half — about 10 — of the storefronts in the 35-year-old Spryfield Shopping Centre are sitting empty. The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation is the latest business to pack up and leave the mall, which saw its heyday in the early ’90s before Bayers Lake was built.

City_of_Lakes
Mar 13, 2009, 1:06 PM
Hey all. Yes, I'm new to this forum as a member, but I've been browsing this place for a long time :)

IMO about Fenwick.. Don't get me wrong, I'm an advocate of height in any event, but it's just so tall and imposing on the south end, where there is nothing else that even comes close in height. And it's true that none of us will likely see anything as tall built in Halifax in our lifetimes, but I just find it so unattractive, personally. It doesn't even really have an impact on the skyline, as it's so far away from downtown. I suppose if it gets a makeover then that's better than nothing :P Maybe I'll have to see it with my own eyes, but right now I can't imagine anything but the huge brutalist block that's there now. Some glass would be great though, I must say!

worldlyhaligonian
Mar 13, 2009, 5:15 PM
Great, welcome to the forum!

Yes, but "The James" was supposed to be 15-16 stories and would have visually stepped down Fenwick a bit.

If they put a tower taller than "The James" and shorter than Fenwick in the lot next to The James, I believe that are of South boardering the graveyard woud look much more coherent. It would be a wall of buildings instead of the awkward valley that exists.

someone123
Mar 13, 2009, 5:26 PM
Actually, I remember it being 19 at one point, then there was a plan for multiple shorter (11 storey?) buildings, then what we have now. The whole process went on for years. I wonder how much it ultimately cost the developer?

Keith P.
Mar 13, 2009, 9:00 PM
The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation is the latest business to pack up and leave the mall, which saw its heyday in the early ’90s before Bayers Lake was built.

I happened to be out that way (don't get to Spryfield much) and stopped in @ the Sobeys to pick up a few things. The new NSLC is attached. Jaysus! What a lovely store. Might be the most pleasing overall of their stores that I've been in.

That Sobeys is also one of their best.

Keith P.
Mar 13, 2009, 9:16 PM
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Dartmouth, NS – The Halifax-Dartmouth Bridge Commission (HDBC) wishes to advise motorists of the following ramp closures for the weekends of February 20 to 23 and February 27 to March 2, 2009.

From 7:00 pm Friday, February 20 until 5:30 am Monday, February 23 and again from 7:00 pm Friday, February 27 until 5:30 am Monday, March 2 the MacKay Bridge Barrington Street exit and entrance ramps will be closed. During this time the Windsor/Robie to Barrington ramp will also be closed.

The closures are required to allow for the safe removal of Structure 9 (also known as the old K-ramp) from the Halifax side of the MacKay Bridge.

These closures are being done on the weekend to minimize disruption to the travelling public. Traffic will be detoured during the closures. Please note that in the case weather prevents work on one of these weekends, the alternate date will be the weekend of March 6 to 9, 2009.

The Halifax-Dartmouth Bridge Commission is the forward thinking manager of key transportation infrastructure assets in the Halifax Regional Municipality. Its mission is to provide safe, efficient and reliable passage at an appropriate cost.

Well, it's finally all gone. The rubble has been trucked away and the temporary supports have been removed. Crews were there today grading and shaping the site. Looks rather barren right now but also much better overall.

Dmajackson
Mar 13, 2009, 10:04 PM
Well, it's finally all gone. The rubble has been trucked away and the temporary supports have been removed. Crews were there today grading and shaping the site. Looks rather barren right now but also much better overall.

It does look a lot better. :)

Its strange though to able to see the other ramps coming off the bridge. And well I'm going to miss the bridge-to-nowheres jokes. :jester:

But it defenitely looks a lot better. Hopefully they put in some trees.

Jonovision
Mar 13, 2009, 10:16 PM
In my travels downtown today I noticed two things.
First. They have put up a temporary fence around a part of the existing boardwalk. The part in front of the maritime museum of the atlantic. And a few of the boards seems to be missing, so I'm guessing they are preparing to put new timbers down for the boardwalk.
The second thing I noticed, the building on the corner of Sackville and Lower Water seems to be undergoing some renovations. There was a crew on the roof working today and the first floor interior seems to have been gutted. The outside of the building appears to be in pretty poor condition too. Anyone know if something is going on here?

hfx_chris
Mar 13, 2009, 10:51 PM
height
What is it with you and height... I like Fenwick because I like the look of the building, not the height of the building. In fact it looks completely out of place because of the height.

Just going back to the Dominion Public Building. Can someone who works in there take pictures of the atrium? I've always looked up at it and wondered what it was like inside.
I really wish I had been forward thinking enough to take some pictures of the interior when I worked there.. but basically the atrium goes from the 3rd floor (technically 2nd, but it isn't completely opened to the 2nd) all the way up to the glass arched roof at the 8th floor. There are offices on the east, west and north sides, but the south side is a giant glass wall from the 5th floor to the roof, so it's very open.
I'm sure spaustin can describe it a bit better, I'm probably missing some details. Maybe he can get us a picture too!

Jonovision
Mar 15, 2009, 2:21 AM
I was down on the waterfront again today, and the section that is being closed off had a sign. Apparently it will be closed off for the entire spring! The sign said closed March 17th - June 30th! That makes me think they might be doing more then just putting a new surface down.

Dmajackson
Mar 17, 2009, 10:17 PM
I'm not sure if it was this thread this was mentioned in but the new trial bridge for the Dartmouth Waterfront Trail is coming along nicely. Here's a picture I snapped today;

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3589/3364077806_d755dc3a27_b.jpg

hfx_chris
Mar 18, 2009, 2:08 AM
I was actually going to comment on it today as well. I can't believe they haven't connected it with the walkway yet, they were installing that last summer!

Rysdad
Mar 18, 2009, 3:23 PM
I am considering a relocation to Halifax I know the price of real estate there. It is hard however to find info on daycare, car ins, home heating, gas, groceries etc. I am coming from Gatineau quebec so I know there is a little savings in income taxes and the real estate prices are the same. Does anyone have real world examples of these other costs. Sorry for hijacking this thread.

Jonovision
Mar 18, 2009, 3:30 PM
I was walking by the new bridge this morning and they have resumed work. They were building up the land for the approaches.

worldlyhaligonian
Mar 18, 2009, 5:34 PM
I am considering a relocation to Halifax I know the price of real estate there. It is hard however to find info on daycare, car ins, home heating, gas, groceries etc. I am coming from Gatineau quebec so I know there is a little savings in income taxes and the real estate prices are the same. Does anyone have real world examples of these other costs. Sorry for hijacking this thread.

Gas is more expensive in Nova Scotia on average and I find that groceries are the same as in Quebec. The other items depend on what kind of home heating you have (oil, nat gas, electric) and car insurance/day care on what company or day care you choose. I would just google everything. Electricity is obviously more expensive here as we don't have the hydroelectric power that Quebec has.

Dmajackson
Mar 19, 2009, 11:37 PM
I was down on the waterfront again today, and the section that is being closed off had a sign. Apparently it will be closed off for the entire spring! The sign said closed March 17th - June 30th! That makes me think they might be doing more then just putting a new surface down.

Here are some photos I snapped today of this;

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3556/3369279012_5ca3f6bb1e_b.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3452/3368453151_a4e2d64eb3_b.jpg
I'm seeing green. A belated Saint Patrick's Day perhaps?

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3631/3368452407_b8b815a265_b.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3100/3369276378_60148d07c2_b.jpg

Dmajackson
Mar 20, 2009, 12:57 AM
A picture of the new Boy's High School at Sacred Heart. Photo taken by me today;

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3432/3369425490_97b451fb42_b.jpg

Dmajackson
Mar 20, 2009, 2:00 AM
I was down on the waterfront again today, and the section that is being closed off had a sign. Apparently it will be closed off for the entire spring! The sign said closed March 17th - June 30th! That makes me think they might be doing more then just putting a new surface down.

Its longer than that. They're are re-closing it after the Buskers. See two posts above for photos.

Halifax Waterfront Project Generates Jobs
Tourism, Culture and HeritageMarch 19, 2009 9:13 AM

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An important visitor attraction will generate additional economic activity as a repair and maintenance project worth more than $1 million begins at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.

Waterworks Construction Limited has started work on the wharf and boardwalk behind the museum on a project that will take about five months to complete.

"The provincial government has committed to stimulating job growth and economic investment in its Building for Growth plan," said Bill Dooks, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. "This project builds on that commitment by generating immediate employment and economic activity in Halifax's downtown core."

The repair and maintenance work will include:

-- removal and reconstruction of the museum's south boat shed (currently used in the summer months as a secondary gift shop)
-- replacement of the wharves' structural supports
-- complete re-decking of both the wharves and the boardwalk directly behind the museum

During this project the boardwalk and the wharves will be closed, excluding the dates of June 30 to August 16, when work will cease and the boardwalk will reopen to accommodate the 2009 Tall Ships Festival and the 2009 Buskers Festival.

Access to the boardwalk behind the museum will be closed from the waterfront visitor information centre to the end of the museum's north side.

Pedestrians will be re-routed around the building, via Lower Water Street. The museum's boardwalk gift shop will be closed, and wharf bookings will be suspended throughout the project's duration.

For more information, visit the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic website at maritime.museum.gov.ns.ca .

Jonovision
Mar 20, 2009, 3:26 AM
Wow! That's a long time. The boardwalk is in bad shape here, but it makes me think that Queen's Landing is just that much farther away now that they will have a nice new boardwalk in place.

pnightingale
Mar 20, 2009, 1:58 PM
One thing I'd really like them to do on the boardwalk is widen that bridge just before you get to the ferry terminal if you're walking north. That thing is always a bottleneck during festivals.

terrynorthend
Mar 22, 2009, 3:46 PM
Well, the boardwalk behind the MMA is torn-up and closed to public access while they revamp it. Apparently it started this week and will be finished in FIVE MONTHS!!! That takes us out to mid-august by my math. Great timing.. Idiots.. Good Luck with Tall Ships 09...

Wharf renovations restrict access (http://thechronicleherald.ca/Business/1112618.html)

Renovations to museum wharfs on the Halifax waterfront mean access to the wharfs and boardwalk behind the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic will be restricted for the next few months.

Waterworks Construction Ltd. has been awarded a contract to do the construction work, the museum’s website says. The project began Wednesday and will take about five months to finish.

The website says work will include removal and reconstruction of the museum’s south boat shed (currently used in summer as a gift shop), replacement of the wharfs’ structural supports and complete re-decking of both the wharfs and the boardwalk behind the museum.

For information, contact the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic at 424-7491.

PS: Oh Ha.. I just read the article posted above by Bedford. Looks like they anticipated Buskers and TS. IMO it'll still be a massive mess..

Dmajackson
Mar 22, 2009, 4:22 PM
Well five months might be a long time to close off the boardwalk but at least with this and the work being done at Salter Street the boardwalk will look at lot nicer come this time next year.

And I agree with "pnightingale" in that the bridge by Murphy's should be widened. I don't mind fighting the crowds elsewhere on the boardwalk but that thing gets way too crowded on summer days.

I just can't wait until Summer 2011 when all of the boardwalk upgrades will be done, the power plant will be done, Famer's will be done and hopefully Salter will be underway. :)

terrynorthend
Mar 22, 2009, 7:02 PM
One thing I'd really like them to do on the boardwalk is widen that bridge just before you get to the ferry terminal if you're walking north. That thing is always a bottleneck during festivals.

I agree. When its crowded i always bypass it and cut thru the Bioscience parking lot, behind the Murphys building. That little bridge can barely handle 2-way traffic, and too many people stop and gab in the middle of it, or buskers and people hawking harbour cruises park their arses there. I guess the railing is too tempting a spot to lean against..

Barrington south
Mar 22, 2009, 7:16 PM
yes and on a side not they should also clear up the little section in between the bride and the shore....it is full of rubbish...including too old tires!...covered in algae no less!!.....nothing says welcome to Nova Scotia to all the Yanks like a couple of algae covered tires....well that's my piece for the day

hfx_chris
Mar 22, 2009, 7:38 PM
Should actually just be filled in, no need for a bridge then.

Dmajackson
Mar 22, 2009, 7:46 PM
Should actually just be filled in, no need for a bridge then.

I think the bridge idea should be kept but defenitely widened.

One thing the Waterfront is missing is a small beach of sorts. They could easily turn this little enclosure area into a small beach thing for children and assuming the treatment plants comes back online you could even touch the water! And with it being enclosed it would be warmer than the Harbour water.

Just an idea though. :)

Barrington south
Mar 22, 2009, 8:25 PM
I think the bridge idea should be kept but defenitely widened.

One thing the Waterfront is missing is a small beach of sorts. They could easily turn this little enclosure area into a small beach thing for children and assuming the treatment plants comes back online you could even touch the water! And with it being enclosed it would be warmer than the Harbour water.

Just an idea though. :)

that's a very good idea man, and yes I like the bridge too, but your right it needs to be widened

hfx_chris
Mar 22, 2009, 9:09 PM
Just the idea of swimming in that little area in its current state kinda makes me want to throw up...

beyeas
Mar 22, 2009, 9:31 PM
Instead of a water access beach, I would love to see an area set up for beach volleyball. I have seen that done in several other cities and it always seems to attract people, and has a nice "waterside" feel to it.

Dmajackson
Mar 22, 2009, 9:46 PM
Instead of a water access beach, I would love to see an area set up for beach volleyball. I have seen that done in several other cities and it always seems to attract people, and has a nice "waterside" feel to it.

They could easily integrate that with my idea as well.

As far as I know the area in back is mainly a parking lot right now. When the BioSciences move to Summer Street in 2011 they could widen the bridge, make a "secondary" boardwalk on sorts creating a rectangular box around the bridge, fill in the area with sand, make a little beach near the bridge and level out the rest for a volleyball court.

I really like that volleyball idea. They could hold a city-wide tournament sometime in August, maybe around the Buskers time?

Best of all a little beach and volleyball court wouldn't take up much area and could easilt be incorporated into the Queen's Landing proposal. :)