Proposed North-/West-End Halifax Development Approved

—July 31, 2018
The Halifax and West and Community Council on July 31, approved construction of a three-building mixed-use development for west-/north-end Halifax that will reportedly include condo units. The approval was granted after the council held a public hearing on the matter in which no speakers expressed approval, disapproval or asked questions. The development agreement gives Young Developments Inc. permission to build a five-storey commercial building and two mixed-use towers of 18- and 25-storeys on former Department of National Defense lands at the northern corner of Windsor Street, Bayers Road and Young Street.

As reportedly envisioned, the 25-storey tower would include 204 residential units and the 18-storey tower would contain 137, with an as-yet-to-be determined mix of condo and apartment units. Combined, the two buildings would include more than 15,000-square-feet of commercial space, with parking (primarily underground) for more than 600 vehicles, and a pedestrian plaza separating the buildings.

The complex would include a large central outdoor plaza with a park and outdoor restaurant/cafe area. The development agreement also includes space for a small basketball court, grassy play area, and playground with large sandbox and climbing structures. Total outdoor amenity space, including rooftop patios, adds up to almost 6,500 square feet, and the developer has the option to add more amenities subject to approval. The agreement dictates more than 2,750 square feet of indoor amenity space in the residential buildings, though with no stipulations on types of amenities that may be offered. 

Community Council members were surprised by the lack of public attendance at the public hearing, though few people reportedly attended a 2017 public hearing or an initial public information meeting held to unveil the project in 2016. The apparent lack of interest is surprising given that it’s one of the bigger developments considered by municipal councillors in recent years, and that the public seems attuned to most other large developments. Municipal staff, for their part, felt that the development would fit in with the area and not cause any negative impacts to the neighbourhood.