Lag in multi-units sap housing starts

Projects down 20 per cent from last year in region BILL POWER BUSINESS REPORTER   bpower@herald.ca @CH_HeraldPower Slow starts for some larger multi­unit buildings in Atlantic Canada are behind a reported 20 per cent decline in housing starts to date this year for the region. The decline is identified in the Atlantic Quarterly Housing Mar­ket Outlook report from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corpora­tion, released Thursday. The corporation said the aver­age decline will come in at about eight per cent for 2015, and push upward to an increase the follow­ing year. “We are anticipating a modest recovery in 2016 with a four…

Apartments proposed for church site

Seven-storey complex would be built at Saint David’s Hall in downtown Halifax EVA HOARE STAFF REPORTER   ehoare@herald.ca @CH_EvaHoare Another church and developer in Halifax are seeking permission to use a piece of church property for residential development. The Church of St. David, whose property runs between Brunswick and Grafton streets, and de­velopers Greenwood Lawley will go before Halifax councillors at a public hearing Monday night. The Presbyterian church and Greenwood Lawley, which has leased its hall property on Brun­swick Street, want to build a sev­en- storey apartment building on the hall site with a commercial level on the ground floor.…

Halifax’s tax burden highlighted

Overall rate ‘uncompetitive’ BRUCE ERSKINE BUSINESS REPORTER  berskine@herald.ca @CH_Br uceErskine Halifax looks a lot less attractive as a place for business investment under a new tax burden ranking by the C.D. Howe Institute. “Halifax has a very uncompetit­ive business property tax rate,” said Benjamin Dachis, a senior policy analyst with the independ­ent research institute, in an inter­view Wednesday. Dachis co-authored the insti­tute’s 2014 Business Tax Burden Ranking, which found Halifax has the fourth highest tax burden among major Canadian cities, behind Saint John, Charlottetown, and Montreal. Calgary and Saskatoon had the most competitive tax burden ranking, which included business property…

City centre blueprint

Municipal committee asked to create plan for development of Halifax core BRETT BUNDALE HALIFAX CITY HALL  bbundale@herald.ca @CH_bbundale Halifax’s long-awaited regional centre plan is back on the table as a city hall committee begins work on the planning document. After a number of setbacks, the development plan for the city centre is expected to begin taking shape over the coming months. When complete, the centre plan will replace a mishmash of anti­quated and conflicting planning rules with a simplified land-use bylaw that paves the way for de­velopment on the Halifax penin­sula and in Dartmouth within the arc of the Circumferential…