Halifax ill-prepared for building boom

NICK LANGLEY Nick Langley is director of provincial affairs, Nova Scotia, for the Canadian Federation of Independent Business The Chronicle Herald – December 16, 2015 Edition –Herald Opinions Small businesses in downtown Halifax are struggling. It’s been tough for years. The recent construction boom, while a sign of hope and perhaps future prosperity, has made it tougher to do business. Almost anyone running a business in the downtown agrees the development activity is a good thing for our city, but there are unintended consequences. The boom has meant reduced parking, disruptions to water and power services, disruption to deliveries, damage…

Doyle Street changes slowing project: developer

JOANN ALBERSTAT BUSINESS EDITOR jalberstat@herald.ca @CH_JAlberstat The Chronicle Herald – December 11, 2015 Edition Municipal approval of a $75-million makeover of a downtown city block is taking longer than expected because of proposed changes to Doyle Street, says a Halifax developer. Danny Chedrawe, president of Westwood Developments , said Thursday he wants to create a narrower one-way street behind the Spring Garden Road site. That would allow for wider sidewalks and landscaping behind the new seven-storey complex. ‟We feel that Doyle Street can be very pedestrian-oriented,” Chedrawe said. ‟We’re working with HRM staff and it’s been . . . a…

Developer rekindles Dartmouth apartment plan

PATRICIA BROOKS ARENBURG BUSINESS REPORTER pbrooks@herald.ca @CH_PBA The Chronicle Herald – December 10, 2015 Edition Developer Tony Maskine is giving his plans for an apartment building across from Lake Banook another go. In 2012, the Harbour East community council rejected a 15-storey, 92-unit building proposed by Maskine’s Monaco Investments Ltd. at the site of the funeral home owned by Donald K. Walker Funeral Directors Ltd. in Dartmouth. The project Maskine is now proposing is 10 storeys with about 90 units, a ground-floor commercial space of about 5,620 square feet and underground parking. The company is again asking the municipality to…

Development of former school site impresses

STAFF REPORTER CLARE MELLOR cmellor@herald.ca @CH_cmellor The Chronicle Herald – December 10, 2015 Edition City planners say they have listened to what people want and any redevelopment of the old St. Patrick’s High School site on Quinpool Road must be pedestrian-friendly and have a landscaped open area at its centre. Land-use bylaws are being drafted so any building put on the site will be limited to 47,000 square metres and can only be built on 50 per cent of the property, about 80 people attending an open house in Halifax Wednesday evening heard. ‟We have crafted regulations that we believe…