Originally Posted by someone123
Hmm.. it is possible, but the article stated that it would be a one acre parking lot adjacent to Belmont House. Maybe these are two different developments?
This is a great spot for more development. My only worry with these condos is that the design might not be very good because they are as of right. Hopefully downtown Dartmouth will soon get an HbD-style process.
I'm fine with these condos going up even if they are mediocre looking. The reason for this is high-quality projects are hard to come by and in places like Downtown Dartmouth where there is a high number of vacant sites by the time all these sites are filled in it will be time to redevelop the mediocre sites.
HRM does need to put pressure on improving Downtown Dartmouth though. The commercial stretch (Portland) is a joke, the main drag (Alderney) looks more like a highway in spots, it has a nice landmark center (Ferry Terminal area) but that immediately turns into a highly unattractive train yard and sea of parking lots. The western part in particular (where this project is) needs some municipal attention. The grid pattern needs to be restored, the Dartmouth trail should be extended northwest along the waterfront (with a connection to the Commons), and the CN lands should be redeveloped (minus lands for a future LRT).
A HRM_by_Design type process would address these problems and could even introduce unique solutions (ie bonus density for trail construction).
So all thoughts in I think even a mediocre design should be fine for this site for the time being. However, if it looks like 3150 Barrington
I have very different ideas (involving dynamite and banishing the developer to Moncton