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Will Highrise On Gottingen Street In Halifax Finally Get Approval?

HALIFAX — Joseph Arab’s years-long quest to build a highrise behind the historic Victoria Hall on Gottingen Street appears to be coming to a close.

On July 13, Halifax And West Community Council voted to send Arab’s proposed development to a public hearing—the last major step in the city’s development process.

The project would see the (historically insignificant) back wing of Victoria Hall torn down to make room for a highrise on the property.

The development has been in the works for several years, with councillors consistently expressing reservations about plunking such a large tower so close to a heritage building.

However, council has been reluctant to quash the project entirely, largely because Arab has promised to spend $3-million on badly needed renovations to Victoria Hall itself.

The result has been a several years of revisions that have whittled the tower down to a size and scale council can live with…. [Read More]