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Old Posted Jan 23, 2017, 2:05 PM
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Interestingly, old photos from the NS Archives (I think they've been posted earlier on this thread) showed that this building was once clad in brick. I always assumed that brick was still there underneath the siding.
It may be that it at one time had false-brick shingle, like another nearby building that was discussed in these threads.

In the demo photos, it appeared to have incredibly thin exterior walls overall. Maybe no more so than other old wooden buildings(?) - but seeing it so starkly was sort of fascinating to me.
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Old Posted Jan 27, 2017, 4:30 AM
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hi all,

i used to live in this building as a student in the early '90s, and found this thread while randomly googling the address. i always remembered this apartment very fondly, and i was kind of gutted to see the picture of the flattened building. what a shame. amazing that it resisted developers all this time. i would have expected a company to renovate the flats into high-priced condo "lofts" as they tend to do here in montreal, which, while it is damaging to the rental market, seems a less tragic fate than flattening a heritage building and putting up a generic, cheaply made box.

my roommates and i lived on the third floor, which was the top -- the landlord at the time told us that at some point the building had a fourth floor which blew off in a storm? there was in fact a stairway leading up to nowhere in the kitchen. there was an antique stove and radiators and beautiful old decorative elements in the apartment and the public spaces. probably one of the nicest apartments i've ever lived in, in many ways.

i have lots of photos, which i'll have to dig up now, and i'll post any that might be of interest to the community here.
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Old Posted Jan 27, 2017, 2:11 PM
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hi all,

i used to live in this building as a student in the early '90s, and found this thread while randomly googling the address. i always remembered this apartment very fondly, and i was kind of gutted to see the picture of the flattened building. what a shame. amazing that it resisted developers all this time. i would have expected a company to renovate the flats into high-priced condo "lofts" as they tend to do here in montreal, which, while it is damaging to the rental market, seems a less tragic fate than flattening a heritage building and putting up a generic, cheaply made box.
Restoring old buildings and turning them into upscale condos, complete with heritage cachet, is by far the most common means of developing properties like this across Canada. Except here. Many if not most of the big Halifax developers (Westwood, Dexel, et. al.) are entirely clueless about this kind of re-use. A lot of our developers locally don't know what the hell to do with any site that isn't a total clean late.
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Old Posted Jan 27, 2017, 3:00 PM
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Restoring old buildings and turning them into upscale condos, complete with heritage cachet, is by far the most common means of developing properties like this across Canada. Except here. Many if not most of the big Halifax developers (Westwood, Dexel, et. al.) are entirely clueless about this kind of re-use. A lot of our developers locally don't know what the hell to do with any site that isn't a total clean late.
Correct, and there's no political will to protect properties like this or to create means by which to make it more attractive to developers to consider this option.
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Old Posted Jan 27, 2017, 4:31 PM
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Restoring old buildings and turning them into upscale condos, complete with heritage cachet, is by far the most common means of developing properties like this across Canada. Except here. Many if not most of the big Halifax developers (Westwood, Dexel, et. al.) are entirely clueless about this kind of re-use. A lot of our developers locally don't know what the hell to do with any site that isn't a total clean late.
Indeed, I hear yuppies will pay big money for a 3rd-floor walk-up with beige vinyl siding and a stairway to nowhere.
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Indeed, I hear yuppies will pay big money for a 3rd-floor walk-up with beige vinyl siding and a stairway to nowhere.
Replace the siding with something more attractive/historically accurate, and they will.
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Sign boards have been put up on the fence around the site and it looks like a second entrance to the underground parking has been put in for the building next door.

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This project gets underway as of August 22nd and will take 16 to 18 months to complete!
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This project gets underway as of August 22nd and will take 16 to 18 months to complete!
Excited for this one! Can only imagine how Bishop St. is going to be while both the Alexander and this one are underway
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Excavation has started.
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Excited for this one! Can only imagine how Bishop St. is going to be while both the Alexander and this one are underway
Glad to see Lawen is back after a short break from St. Joseph's Sq.
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This and the other one to be built behind the Alexander will really bulk this area out.

That area is certainly improving. Hopefully it can increase density and keep some of the heritage character.
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There is actually 3 buildings. An 8 storie 3rd phase of the alexander project, the dexel project and the building behind the existing building next to keith house...
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There is actually 3 buildings. An 8 storie 3rd phase of the alexander project, the dexel project and the building behind the existing building next to keith house...
Are you talking about Govenors Plaza?, or the Benjamen Weir Addition? Either way, lots of nice developments going up in this area.
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This one is called Flynn Flats now:


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Crane base in.

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From the Pier 21 NS Webcams, it looks like this crane might be going up. I think I would have waited until after tomorrow's storm. No mast is visible above the neighboring building yet, so maybe they will just partially assemble it.
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