These two developments for adjoining properties have been proposed separately but HRM staff has said that they should be considered together, due to their combined impact.
Left: 29-storey development proposed by APL Properties (George Armoyan), with W.M. Fares Group as the architectural consultant. The developer has applied for a development agreement to amend the city’s Land Use By-law to permit this development. This application is Case 18966 on the HRM website.
Right: 25-storey tower proposed by Westwood Construction (Danny Chedrawe), with Kassner Goodspeed Architects as the architectural consultant. The developer has applied for a development agreement to amend the city’s Land Use By-law to permit this development. This application is Case 19281 on the HRM website.
This is how they would appear from Welsford Park and the houses along Parker Street, one block west of Robie. This view can be compared to the existing view on the Neighbourhood page.
The image below compares the height and proximity of the Westwood tower to a typical house on Parker Street, separated by only a back yard.
This diagram of building heights along on the north side of Quinpool Road, between Oxford Street (on the left) and Robie Street (on the right), shows how APL’s 29-storey development (dark gray) would relate to this urban shopping street.
Together, the developments would include 323 apartments and 305 parking spaces for a population of 847 people. There would also be 81 hotel rooms. The gross site area is 1.57 acre, for a density of 541 people per acre. This density is 45 times higher than the average density on the Halifax Peninsula, 12 persons per acre.
As noted in our editorial “Follow the Rules,” any advantages of these developments would be far outweighed by their disadvantages:
- Externally, their bulk and height would not be compatible with the surrounding ground-based urban neighbourhood.
- Internally, they would not contribute anything to the neighbourhood, nor would they reduce homelessness in the city.
- Environmentally, they would block the sun and create strong wind at ground level and across the Common, including the Oval.
- Locally, they would increase the number of vehicles and the volume of traffic at this intersection and along the surrounding streets.
- Economically, they would put upward pressure on property assessments and rents along Quinpool Road, forcing out local businesses.
- Urbanistically, they would set a precedent for other large corporate developments along Quinpool and Robie.
As developers, citizens, and civic representatives, we can do much better than this.