The VivaCity Halifax event last night at the Halifax Railway Station, sponsored by FUSION Halifax, was a great and informative event showcasing some of the more than 27 developments either underway, proposed or planned for the Halifax Regional Municipality.
It was exciting to see some of the proposed developments and to talk to the people involved in them. It was encouraging as well to see the number of people who came out – interested and engaged in what is going on in this great city!
Southwest Properties showcased a couple of their developments – their plan for the Motherhouse Lands in Rockingham will change the face of that community providing “a balanced combination of residential and commercial properties; places to work, live and play”. Another of their proposed developments showcased last night is a new 21-storey, mixed-use building at 1583 Hollis St that will provide 300 apartments as well as space for retail and restaurants on the ground level.
Other proposed developments included the development on the site of the current YMCA and CBC buildings – an impressive project that will add residential units as well as new facilities for the YMCA. The expansion of the TD Bank building on Barrington St will provide additional office spaces. Nova Centre was showcased as well highlighting the proposed new Convention Centre, hotel and office spaces and providing information on the community info sessions taking place for input into the project. Spirit Place is a residential project proposed for the West End on Windsor and Willow Streets focusing on addressing the housing needs of seniors. An impressive building that will provide much needed housing for our aging population.
Development in Dartmouth was represented with displays for Kings Wharf, a $500-million dollar mixed-use project on the Dartmouth waterfront that will feature residential, commercial, retail and much more - a project that will certainly change the face of the Dartmouth waterfront. A proposed project for Dartmouth Cove was showcased as well providing even more development opportunity for Dartmouth.
Suffice to say that based on what we saw last night, Halifax is alive and well and open for development opportunities. While the process for getting developments approved is often slow and certainly frustrating for developers, it is encouraging to see that they are not giving up on the city. This can only be the start of so much to come… and with new Leadership in City Hall perhaps we can indeed move forward to a city that embraces development and change. As a REALTOR® and business Owner, it is an exciting time to be living and working in Halifax!