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Old Posted Oct 29, 2007, 10:30 PM
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Thats right. They were afraid of the hurricane force winds that the "towers" would create on the "world class paddling course".

Its true they had a couple of World Championships, and I don't dispute that the course is world class. Thing is, when they had the world championships, they were held in the shadow of, wait for it, two new 12 story condo buildings. And guess what, no wind, no shadows, no algae, and kudos all around on the "world class paddling course"

This is another case of Nimby. People who have property on the lake feel the lake id their own private backyard. Just like people living near the commons feel it is an extension of their own yards. The fuss raised by people when they couldn't use 100% of the commons for 2 1/2 days last year when the Stones came to town (Yes it took about 2 weeks to setup, and some grounds were fenced off for remediation afterward, but 75% of the common was open to the public for all but a couple of days)
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I agree with you, but I'm not sure our Citadel loving heritage friends would take very well to losing the view of the commons from the Citadel. I'm sure they feel it should remain one contiguous open-space. Just look at how much they complained when they lost their view of the Esso Refinery.
Come on now...what else are they gonna use their high-powered binoculars for? Take away the view, and no more peepin' tommin'!
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Old Posted Oct 29, 2007, 11:50 PM
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And yes, I am being negative because my hope is that I will be suprised with Halifax in the next 5 years.
Once all the empty space is taken up with six-storey buildings, there won't be any choice but to go up. Given the growth of Hali, I'd say you'll run out of good room soon.

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Indeed, or even how they managed to get away with adding on to Maritime Centre...
Baq in the day, telecommunications was king. All they had to do is throw a few bucks around to shut ppl up. Where did the big players go? Should get Google to locate in Hali!
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Old Posted Oct 30, 2007, 7:18 AM
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I'm not so sure of your theory, Halifax has a massive geographical footprint and there is alot of office space (and more coming with Park Place) in Burnside. Burnside isn't where some firms would like to locate, but its certainly affordable and due to the lack of downtown growth, many companies are establishing themselves out there.
There's alot of room outside of the peninsula, and this backward, car required growth continues. Really kind of sad, but I guess we do need some sprawl before people will figure out we need height. How far away is that going to be? Who knows, we have dumbasses in office and hertiage folks.
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Don't forget downtown Dartmouth is starving for development...
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Old Posted Oct 31, 2007, 6:22 AM
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There's something interesting on the Heritage Advisory Committee agenda: http://www.halifax.ca/boardscom/hac/...gyleStreet.pdf

The owner of the NFB lot on Barrington would like to divide it into two parts: one fronting Barrington and one fronting Argyle. There was some kind of development plan for the whole site in 2006 but it is on hold. Apparently the plan now is to develop one part of the site (presumably Argyle) and then the other at a later date.

Currently the whole site is a registered heritage site, which I suppose is fine for the Barrington side but a little silly on the Argyle side, since all that is left is a one storey base of the original four storey building that burned down. At this point the NFB facade itself is also pretty far gone.

Anyway, hopefully there will be some news on this in the coming months. The NFB site looks awful.
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Old Posted Oct 31, 2007, 7:26 PM
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Where is this at?
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Have you guys been catching this blog? Lots of content here.

http://www.infomonkey.net/blog.php?blog_id=63&catid=1
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Hmm. No idea that one existed. Thanks for posting it! Looks like another website to check religiously.
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http://www.thechronicleherald.ca/Metro/975674.html

Article in Halifax Herald today regarding UG's new proposal for Lake Banook. It now calls for 2 16 story point towers, instead of 2 10 story slab buildings. They are hoping this will solve the wind issue. It may. Will it solve the acrophobic issues? I doubt it...
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Article in Halifax Herald today regarding UG's new proposal for Lake Banook. It now calls for 2 16 story point towers, instead of 2 10 story slab buildings. They are hoping this will solve the wind issue. It may. Will it solve the acrophobic issues? I doubt it...
Sounds like the new design(s) maybe be presented tonight. Interested to see what they look like.
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http://www.thechronicleherald.ca/Metro/975950.html

Wow, looks like this one got through.

Anybody know about any renderings?
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Condo challenge fails
URB rules against complaint that Bedford development violates planning strategy
By AMY PUGSLEY FRASER City Hall Reporter
Fri. Nov 2 - 5:24 AM



United Gulf president Navid Saberi’s company can proceed with their Bedford condo development. (Ted Pritchard / Staff)





A Bedford woman has lost her appeal of a multimillion-dollar development for Moirs Mills Road.

Jan Bird appealed Northwest community council’s decision to approve United Gulf’s residential and commercial project at 910 Bedford Highway.

She said the development, which includes 30 condos, doesn’t follow the planning strategy for Bedford.

However, the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board, which heard the one-day appeal in September, has denied her appeal.

In a written decision released Thursday, chairman Wayne Cochrane said it’s likely that Ms. Bird, who owns a condo very close to the property boundary of the proposed development, will be affected by it.

"The board does not disagree with the appellant’s assertion that she will experience (if the proposed development goes ahead) among other things . . . some loss of privacy, as well as increased light and sound, which will be generated by development of the subject property," Mr. Cochrane writes in the 24-page decision.

However, the board takes into account the specific provisions in the municipal planning strategy and found in favour of the developer.

"While the appellant is not happy with the (municipal planning strategy) having been amended at all, the board finds that the test which it must apply in the present proceeding is not whether the (planning strategy) amendment was appropriate. Instead, the sole test applicable is whether the decision to enter into the development agreement reasonably carries out the intent of the (planning strategy), including the amendments to which the appellant objects."

When she appealed the decision last October, Ms. Bird was also concerned that only three of Halifax Regional Municipality’s 23 councillors sit on the community council that approved the development.

By comparison, she said, the 27-storey United Gulf development for Hollis Street in downtown Halifax went before all 23 regional councillors at a full council meeting.

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Old Posted Nov 2, 2007, 10:23 AM
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More Halifax office space a crucial need, premier says


Fri. Nov 2 - 4:47 AM

Getting more quality office space in Halifax is vital as the province continues trying to build a financial services sector, Premier Rodney MacDonald said Thursday.

"If we’re not able to provide class A space in the downtown core of the city within a reasonable amount of time, we will lose out on opportunities. It’s as simple as that," Mr. MacDonald said after a cabinet meeting.

The premier was in Bermuda on Monday and in New York on Tuesday meeting with officials from financial services firms, he said. He said some company representatives in Bermuda plan to come to Nova Scotia to look at doing business here.

Several Bermuda firms are already operating in Halifax.

Mr. MacDonald said his New York meetings included one with a "large company" that’s involved in a "process" with a "significant industrial employer here." The premier said he told company officials he wouldn’t disclose the name, but he said he could talk about it sometime in the future.

Mr. MacDonald said he still hopes to see a part of Halifax labelled the financial district.

The premier will try to drum up more business during a trade mission to Boston next week.
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When she appealed the decision last October, Ms. Bird was also concerned that only three of Halifax Regional Municipality’s 23 councillors sit on the community council that approved the development.

By comparison, she said, the 27-storey United Gulf development for Hollis Street in downtown Halifax went before all 23 regional councillors at a full council meeting.


This appeal was kind of ridiculous from the start. Anybody who's been to Bedford can tell you that this building is full of similar condo buildings. As for taking it before council, well, dozens of these buildings are constructed every year, and council's decision wouldn't have been any different.

There are some renderings on the HRM website but I don't have time to find them right now. It's just a standard lowrise apartment/condo building.
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Old Posted Nov 3, 2007, 6:08 AM
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A bit about the NFB development: http://halifax.infomonkey.net/blog.d...p?post_id=1349

I guess it wouldn't be very fair for the city to hand over money randomly to one developer but this is a key site for Barrington that makes the street look about ten times more bombed out than it would look otherwise (the empty lot at George Street also contributes to the effect).
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This appeal was kind of ridiculous from the start. Anybody who's been to Bedford can tell you that this building is full of similar condo buildings.
It still amazes me that people move into an area like Bedford that is clearly developing very quickly and fight like dogs two years later because the same type of construction threatens their little bubble. It sure doesn't make much sense.
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News on South St Apartment Bld

Unclear if deal will keep unfinished apartment complex off auction block


Sat. Nov 3 - 6:57 AM

It was still unclear late Friday afternoon whether a deal would be completed to save an unfinished Halifax apartment building from the auction block on Monday.

Southwest Properties Ltd. of Halifax was negotiating to acquire the 10-storey, 109-unit building on South Street.

Construction of the building was halted recently after Banc Properties of Dartmouth initiated foreclosure through the courts to recover $3.64 million it was owed on a second mortgage.

Steve Tsimiklis Holdings Ltd. and its principal, Steve Tsimiklis, were developing the $15-million building when the company ran into financial problems.

At least a dozen companies that worked on the property have registered liens against the property.

Gordon Laing, CEO of Southwest Properties, confirmed Friday his company was in discussions to acquire the building but said nothing has been finalized.
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Old Posted Nov 4, 2007, 7:20 AM
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Time and Space Media building from Geoff Keddy Architects (http://www.geoffkeddy.com):



Not sure where this is to be located. Agricola? The background doesn't look like it..
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Wow, modern... I think it would look good in Halifax, especially if UG and Centennial come through.

I'm friends with one of Geoff Keddy's kids, his home/office is amazing inside.
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