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Old Posted Oct 7, 2016, 12:36 AM
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[Halifax] Flynn Flats (1363 Hollis) | 28 m | 10 fl | U/C

Dexel's newest proposal for the corner of Bishop and Hollis was presented last night at VivaCity and is going to design review committee for its initial presentation.

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Old Posted Oct 7, 2016, 1:28 AM
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That looks pretty nice but I think this area should probably be a heritage district already. If you look closely at the beige vinyl siding apartment buildings you'll see that they're quite old. They may have masonry construction on the upper floors and even if not they could look incredible if they were renovated in a way similar to a bunch of Hal Forbes projects.

Meanwhile this project or something similar could be built in many other locations with inferior buildings or no buildings.
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That looks pretty nice but I think this area should probably be a heritage district already. If you look closely at the beige vinyl siding apartment buildings you'll see that they're quite old. They may have masonry construction on the upper floors and even if not they could look incredible if they were renovated in a way similar to a bunch of Hal Forbes projects.

Meanwhile this project or something similar could be built in many other locations with inferior buildings or no buildings.
Yeah, it's a good proposal but it's a terrible location for it. The building there now, properly restored, would be a beautiful period-appropriate complement to the city's second conservation district, and one of the most unique and interesting heritage districts in the country. Instead, it's just the usual flatten-and-rebuild. This is very nice, but you could build it anywhere. There aren't many mid 19th-century Italianate urban buildings in the city, or in Canada.

Dexel builds decent stuff, but the company's creativity in integrating old and new is totally inadequate to a city like this.
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That looks pretty nice but I think this area should probably be a heritage district already. If you look closely at the beige vinyl siding apartment buildings you'll see that they're quite old. They may have masonry construction on the upper floors and even if not they could look incredible if they were renovated in a way similar to a bunch of Hal Forbes projects.

Meanwhile this project or something similar could be built in many other locations with inferior buildings or no buildings.
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Yeah, it's a good proposal but it's a terrible location for it. The building there now, properly restored, would be a beautiful period-appropriate complement to the building across the street, and would really enhance the coming conservation district.

This is very nice, but you could build it anywhere. There aren't many early 19th-century Italianate urban buildings in Canada.
I see the stone masonry at street level on the Bishop street side of the beige house -- so, let me get this straight, someone put freaking vinyl beige siding on top of masonry and stone walls?!!?!?
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Yeah, it's a good proposal but it's a terrible location for it. The building there now, properly restored, would be a beautiful period-appropriate complement to the city's second conservation district, and one of the most unique and interesting heritage districts in the country. Instead, it's just the usual flatten-and-rebuild. This is very nice, but you could build it anywhere. There aren't many mid 19th-century Italianate urban buildings in the city, or in Canada.

Dexel builds decent stuff, but the company's creativity in integrating old and new is totally inadequate to a city like this.
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Anyone know how to direct link to an Archives image? This image shows the building at the corner of Hollis and Bishop. It's the one that has the granite foundation, but is now clad in beige siding.
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Anyone know how to direct link to an Archives image? This image shows the building at the corner of Hollis and Bishop. It's the one that has the granite foundation, but is now clad in beige siding.
Click on the download 'button' - it will open the image in a new window, and you can post using that URL.

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Where do we find out what happened at Vivacity this year?
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It is already pretty upsetting that Dexel is destroying the one of a kind wooden apartment building at the corner of Spring Garden and Robie and now this? Oh wait there is also a bunch on Barrington they would like to demolish.. When is the city going stand up and say "@#$ing enough!"? Probably never.. Dexel is doing nothing but pillaging the history all over the city.

Scumbags.
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Dexel is presenting this project to Design Review Committee next week.

It will be 40-unit residential building with a small retail unit facing Hollis Street. 12 new parking spaces accessed via the existing Waterton parkade entrance. Rooftop amenity space along with ground floor amenity space (some shared with Waterford). The height varies due to the steep grade along Bishop Street. That said it will be 28m from the main entrance on Hollis Street. Dexel is proposing to meet post-bonus requirements and the site plan does show underground utilities along Bishop Street.

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What a fabulous design - reminiscent of the library. Great to get rid of the old building (slum?) before it goes in flames with a number of fatalities.
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I really like this new design, but I am concerned with what might be hiding under that layer of vinyl. Does anyone have a historic image of the streetscape?
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I really like this new design, but I am concerned with what might be hiding under that layer of vinyl. Does anyone have a historic image of the streetscape?
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I really like this new design, but I am concerned with what might be hiding under that layer of vinyl. Does anyone have a historic image of the streetscape?
This is the closest I could find. I think Marys Army and Navy Club is what was there, or the building to the left of it. (The NS Archives website says that's on Barrington, however.
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What a fabulous design - reminiscent of the library. Great to get rid of the old building (slum?) before it goes in flames with a number of fatalities.
If you think it was a 'slum' you must have a very low opinion of the owner as it has been owned by Mr Lawen,Dexel, for over 5 years.
Older character buildings which he bought quite cheaply have more than paid off the original purchase cost and maintenance.

Everyone should go down to Young Avenue and see the destruction wrought by a real slum landlord - who lives in a mansion at 623 Shore Drive Bedford, see here http://www.viewpoint.ca/sidebarmap#!
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If you think it was a 'slum' you must have a very low opinion of the owner as it has been owned by Mr Lawen,Dexel, for over 5 years.
Older character buildings which he bought quite cheaply have more than paid off the original purchase cost and maintenance.

Everyone should go down to Young Avenue and see the destruction wrought by a real slum landlord - who lives in a mansion at 623 Shore Drive Bedford, see here http://www.viewpoint.ca/sidebarmap#!
I was in that building about 5 years ago and I came out feeling like I needed a shower. I don't know Lawen Dexel and have no opinion of him so please don't tell me how I feel about him
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1363 Hollis 2017-1-13 by DwN~toWN Halifax, on Flickr

Demolition of 1363 Hollis with Alexander crane in background.
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Thanks for posting. I'm not seeing brick in that photo, and is that wall perpendicular to the street made of poured concrete? Probably stucco over brick, I'm thinking

That said, I can see the plaster slats inside, the original doorway and what looks like granite at the entranceway and foundation? The old bars on the bottom windows are interesting as well.

Oh well, another one gone...
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More of the demo.

20170112_134112_HDR by Jonovision23, on Flickr

20170112_134306_HDR by Jonovision23, on Flickr
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