Originally Posted by someone123
The was an article in ANS tonight about the tech startup incubator that has moved into the upper floors of the former TD Building on Spring Garden Road. The plan is for them to stay there for 3-4 years until the block is redeveloped. TEAL architects are working on the new plan and it's supposed to be ready in June. It's supposed to have some unusual lighting installations and/or video screens and have a Times Square/Hong Kong sort of feel.
I am looking forward to seeing the plans. There has been a lengthy debate on this forum about preserving some of the buildings, etc. but it is impossible to judge the value of the new proposal before we see what it is like. If it's interesting and there are some concessions to saving parts of the old buildings (they don't have to stay on the site, and they don't need to be 100% preserved) then it might be really positive for the street. I hope it is not just a mini-Yonge-Dundas project -- lighting and video screens can add interest, but people in Halifax are not going to like giant ads.
Huh. I didn't know there was a tech incubator up there. That's cool. And, I might add, unlikely to exist in a pricier new construction, unless the space was subsidized in some way. That's part of the economic, rather than just aesthetic, argument for keeping old buildings around.
I agree the existing structures don't need to be 100 per cent preserved. A development is definitely possible that builds to the rear of the eastward ones, the TD Building is kind of meh, and I'm sure some imaginative architect could do something clever with BMO (it's a huge building after all).
Video screens do make me wary though. Times Square/Piccadilly Circus is one thing, but unless you can do that kind of scale it just looks cheap. I really dislike Yonge-Dundas as a public space, partly due to the video screens. (The Jesus/Allah guys screaming at each other might also have something to do with it).