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Dartmouth’s Shannon Park development finally takes step forward

Proposal would see 3,000 new residential units on 34 hectares of lands

The long-awaited Shannon Park development that would see a new community built on the Halifax Harbour is finally seeing progress.

The Halifax municipality’s Harbour East-Marine Drive Community Council moved the proposed development agreement along on Thursday, sending it to a future public hearing.

The proposal would see a mixed-use community with 3,000 new residential units in a range of building sizes on 23 new city blocks in Dartmouth near the MacKay Bridge. It would have commercial space, a transit hub, active-transportation paths, and about three hectares of green space including a waterfront park.

“Finally it’s here,” said Coun. Tony Mancini, who represents the area and sits on the community council.
There was extensive public consultation in 2016 on what the new neighborhood should look like. Although the housing on the 34-hectare former military community was demolished the next year, the area has sat largely empty except for  the existing Shannon Park Elementary.

“There’s been many delays along the way to get us to where we are, and some of those delays … were justified.” …[Read More]