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Old Posted Jan 3, 2013, 7:02 PM
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Gottingen projects ‘in holding pattern’
A date to begin construction on two Gottingen Street residential projects is unknown because they are in planning limbo, says the proponent.

Ross Cantwell, president of the Housing Trust of Nova Scotia, has proposed to build a 10-storey building at 2183 Gottingen, the former Met building, and a 10-storey building at the former Diamonds bar location at 2215 Gottingen.

The non-profit group purchased the sites in April 2010 for $3 million, money it received from the province under the Canada-Nova Scotia Co-operation Agreement on Economic Diversification because of its plan to offer half of the units as affordable housing.

The group demolished the old buildings in the spring of 2011 with the intention of beginning work later that year and, in the interim, submitted an application for a plan amendment and development agreement on both sites.

“We’ve done everything we can, developed our plans, and we’ve been sitting in a holding pattern for over a year with HRM,” Cantwell said in a phone interview Wednesday.

Cantwell said planners approached him early last year to help develop the Centre Plan, the third phase of the municipal HRM By Design document, which would include provisions relevant to his proposal.

That plan went “sideways” after the province tabled but did not pass legislation before the end of the fall session that would allow Halifax Regional Municipality to negotiate with developers outside of normal zoning rules in exchange for creating low-cost housing.

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