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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.
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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."
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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.
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Yah, that is good news. It will do wonders for the area. And certainly make for a much nicer walk down to the ferry.
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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.
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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.
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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."
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Kind of a poorly written article, would be nice if they actually explained what a "Link" is in this context
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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.
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Kind of a poorly written article, would be nice if they actually explained what a "Link" is in this context
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.
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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.
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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.
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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."

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The Armoury should be top priority, why are they doing this first.
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This building is in much poorer condition.
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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.
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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...
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They will probably decide to remove it around 4:00PM on a weekday to be sure to cause the most inconvenience to traffic...
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!!
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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.
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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.
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