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The Halifax and West and Community Council is moving forward with the municipality’s consideration of a large, three-building mixed-use development for west-/north-end Halifax that will include condo units. The Council on Tuesday unanimously approved holding a future public hearing on a proposal by Young Developments Inc. to build a five-storey commercial building and two mix-use towers of 18- and 25-storeys on the northern corner of Windsor Street, Bayers Road and Young Street.
The proposed project was first brought before regional council in 2015, which then approved planning strategy and land-use bylaw amendments in 2017 that would allow development on the site located on former Department of National Defence lands. The developer will need to negotiate a development agreement with the municipality, which will need to be approved by Halifax and West Community Council before consideration by the entire Council.
As currently envisioned, the 25-storey tower would include 204 residential units and the 18-storey tower would contain 137, with an as-yet-to-be determined mix of condo and apartment units. Combined, the two buildings would include more than 15,000-square-feet of commercial space, with parking (primarily underground) for more than 600 vehicles, and a pedestrian plaza separating the buildings.
Municipal staff seem to support the project, with a report calling the proposed project site, which had at one point been considered for a gas station, “an ideal location to provide for urban intensification within the Halifax Peninsula.” City Planner Andrew Bone said that the project would add residential density and additional commercial uses with minimal impacts on nearby residential areas.
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