Tag Archives: Carlton Street/Spring Garden Road

Planning A Carlton Street Super Block Isn’t Urgent – It’s Premature, Piecemeal and Peculiar.

Why exactly are Mayor Savage and HRM Council following the lead of the Lawen/Dexel and Rouvalis developers who want to break rules and jump ahead of HRM’s planning process to build 16, 20, 26 and 30-storey towers on the Carlton Street block of the Halifax Common? Listen to Rick Howe’s interview with FHC director Howard Epstein about his letter to Mayor and Council to hear some of the many reasons why the proposed super blockers should be deferred or defeated.

Read the letter here: FHC Director Howard Epstein’s letter of Jan 28th to Mayor and Council re: Carlton Street


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Time to Start Over – Spring Garden Road, Robie, College, Carlton St Projects are TOO Massive

“Development Options Halifax” is a new group using technology to model two proposals for four towers 16, 30, 20 and 26-storeys, at Spring Garden Rd, Robie, College and Carlton Streets and to explore alternatives. At 3/4 the size of the Nova Centre these are among the most colossal proposals in Halifax to date. If approved the scale of all subsequent development in the city will change. So far in the planning process the two projects have been separate. By presenting the model of the two developments together in the context of Carlton Street and the adjacent neighbourhood Development Options hopes the public will be better informed and ask for a more transparent process. Please write to clerks@halifax.ca (Below is a sample letter)

Dear Heritage Advisory Committee, HRM Halifax and West Community Council, and Mayor and Council;

The older, smaller, Carlton Street neighbourhood is just the kind of neighbourhood that gives the best return on measures for economics, hidden density, affordability, local business, diversity and desirability. And re-using and retrofitting existing buildings almost always offers the best environmental choice over demolition. Instead of demolishing 12 buildings for four out-of-scale towers that will loom over historic Carlton Street, only small scale in-fill development should be permitted. Protect the last historic neighbourhood on the Halifax Common and Carlton Street, a nationally recognized “rare” Early Victorian heritage streetscape. Make the best economic and environmental choice for densification: do not approve the proposed 16, 20, 26 and 30 storey towers.
(Name, Address)

Learn more at: developmentoptionshfx.com

Designate Carlton Street Area as Conservation District!

Two developments for four towers (16-, 20-, 23-, 30-storeys) on the single block between Carlton, Spring Garden, Robie & College continue on a path to destroy dozens of affordable housing and small-scale commercial units on the last historic neighbourhood on the Halifax Common’s South Common. In an August 29th letter to Mayor Savage  FHC Director Howard Epstein requested a halt to these proceedings until a Heritage Trust request made in 2012 and another request in 2016 that the area be considered a conservation district or part of a conservation district are considered.  FHC didn’t hear back from Mayor Savage.

The classic 3-storey Coburg Apartments, an Edwardian-era building on the South Common, is one of dozens of buildings under threat by two developers who hope to erect 16 & 29 storey and 20 & 26 storey high-rises in the single block between Carlton, College, Robie and Spring Garden Road. Formal requests in 2012 and 2016 for this area to be designated a Conservation District have so far been ignored.

This week Case 20761 & Case 20218 come before the HRM’s Peninsula Advisory Committee (4pm Mon) and HRM’s Heritage Advisory Committee (4pm Wed) at City Hall. These committees act on behalf of all citizens. Their duty is to use their power to balance the interests of all residents, not just pander to the pursuit of profit by certain private developers. So, FHC’s September 24th letter to PAC and HAC asks that PAC & HAC request that proceedings on the proposals are halted until the 2012 and 2016 requests for a Conservation District for this area be considered.

The proposed 4 towers, 2 others in the works plus an 7 existing  means 13 in total for this small area. Why aren’t these 13 towers being considered together? Where are the 3-D models and studies for cumulative impact of wind, shadow, traffic, noise?

Over half of the buildings in the area have Heritage designation and 11 more qualify.  The towers aren’t necessary; Centre Plan’s growth target of 400 residents could be achieved with one 5-storey apartment building and the already approved 18-storey Killam tower next to the Camp Hill Cemetery.

Why isn’t the city building on the economic, social, environmental and cultural advantages that small-scale, older, smaller buildings are proven to provide? And how does destroying buildings to replace them with greenhouse glass and concrete towers address climate change? Or fulfill the need for ‘gentle or middle” style housing that can support density and attract families?

Who runs city hall? Mayor Savage doesn’t answer correspondence and HRM planning ignores valid input and concerns.  Write the PAC and HAC to ask that they request a halt to the projects and recommend Conservation Designation for the area. Remind them to act on behalf of all citizens, not developers. clerks@halifax.ca


Time to care for Canada’s oldest, besieged Common – Chronicle Herald Op Ed

Good News – Bad News Purcell’s Cove Backlands & Halifax Common

PAC meets Monday for input on Dexel’s proposed 14-storey highrise at Robie, Shirley, Peperell – directly across from the Common Roots Urban Farm and beside Hotel Atlantica. We need Halifax Common’s Master Plan not another high rise.

There’s good news- a few days ago HRM issued an RFP for the Master Plan for the Halifax Common. Next Council agreed to pay $4.1 million to help protect the Purcell’s Cove Backland. Mayor Savage’s statement, “As our city grows, it is more important than ever to preserve natural recreational spaces,” supports what many citizens believe and want. But planning for the preserving natural recreational spaces requires more than words.

Take the example of the Common Roots Urban Farm on the Central Common-it demonstrates the role nature can play in our lives- healing our spirit, minds and bodies and at the same time grow good food! Although Continue reading

Enough with the Developer Shock and Awe

Quinpool Road’s proposed future under the Centre Plan (this image does not include rule-breaking developments in process) Click on image to enlarge. Source: draft Centre Plan (March 2017) 107; heights added by the Willow Tree Group

In “A nightmare of evocation as Halifax falls to the wrecking ball,” author Larry Haven (The Coast Aug 17) gives a satirical glimpse into why we worry that Halifax is “surely and inexorably being destroyed by rampant developers and an obliging council.

The worst is yet to come. A recent Willow Tree Group essay describes the draft Centre Plan’s proposed future for Quinpool Road, one of several targeted growth areas. Its illustration shown on the right is a mini-look at one of multiple Centre Plan areas where height restrictions will be increased to up to 20 storeys. It doesn’t include the proposed Robie Street Corridor where increased heights of 4-6 storeys all along the western edge of the Halifax Common, slowly killing off 100+ historic buildings so more cars and buses can zoom by. And what’s really missing is the huge number of rule-breaker developments approved in advance of the Centre Plan.

HRM Council recently added ~22 developments to the list. These buildings Continue reading