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Demolition of Dartmouth housing complex to begin this month

Developer says affordability of new housing will hinge on government support

Parts of an expansive Dartmouth, N.S., apartment complex that was once home to more than 1,000 people and loved by tenants for its low rents will soon be torn down to make way for denser housing.

Ocean Breeze Village is made up of more than 40 low-rise buildings and townhouses built in the 1960s on a 23-hectare plot just north of the MacKay Bridge.

A notice delivered to residents last week says the first phase of redevelopment will start this month with the demolition of seven buildings. Upgrades to sidewalks and water, power, gas and phone lines are scheduled to start in July.

People living in another seven buildings have been told to leave by the end of the year. The timeline for the rest of the complex is not clear, but the notice recommends all tenants prepare to leave “sooner rather than later.” …[Continue Reading]