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Monaghan Square
The developer of the 17-storey twin-tower complex on 6100 Young Street in north-end Halifax decided in August that he was going to market the entire residential component of the development as apartment units. Developer Robert Margeson said that his decision was based on a lack of significant sales volume. 

Dartmouth’s Richmond Street
Bank Properties in May submitted a request for a development agreement extension for its long-delayed 160-unit condo development in North-End Dartmouth’s Richmond Street. With the area deemed an “Opportunity Site” by the municipality, the request is likely to be granted. 

Stanley Street Homes
Developer Kerry Lynch received the go-ahead in January from the Halifax and West Community Council to allow development of an eight-unit condo development near North End Halifax’s Hydrostone neighbourhood. 

King’s Wharf
Developer Francis Fares launched the next phase of Dartmouth’s King’s Wharf mixed-use development Nov. 28, with the announced Fall 2017 groundbreaking and new name for the development’s centrepiece building, “The Maristella.” The 36-storey tower will feature 114 condos and amenities that will “rival the best luxury developments in the world,” according to Fares.

Windsor Street, Bayer’s Road and Young Street
Developer Joe Ramia in November proposed the development of a three-building, mixed-use development on the site of former North-End Halifax Department of National Defence lands at the intersection of Windsor Street, Bayer’s Road and Young Street. The residential component of the project is slated to include a mix of 335 condo and apartment rental units. A public hearing on the proposal is expected to be scheduled soon. 

Skye Halifax/Twisted Sisters
Halifax Council in September officially quashed the 10-year-old development agreement held by David Saberi that would have allowed the building of twin 27-storey condo towers on the corner of Hollis and Sackville Streets in downtown Halifax. The “Twisted Sister” project was put on hold after Saberi tried to replace it with a pair of 48-storey towers known as “Skye Halifax,” which was rejected by Halifax Council in 2013. Saberi had been seeking a three-year extension to his original agreement, but councillors felt that he should have to seek a new development agreement for the site. 

Gorsebrook Park Condos
Opening pre-sales for Gorsebrook Park Condos on south-end Halifax’s Wellington Street kicked off with a bang, with more than 40 prospective condo buyers signing purchase and sales agreements during the late June opening weekend.

Pavilion at South Park
Demolition of the former CBC building on South Park and Sackville Streets began in late March, with the developer hoping to be able to lay the foundation of the new building by September. Demolition of the former Bank of Montreal building on Spring Garden Road began on about the same day, but Condo Nova has still not been able to determine whether the new planned mixed-use development will be comprised of condos or apartment rentals.

Gorsebrook Park Condos
The developer behind the controversial Wellington Street Condo project on 1034-1056 Wellington Street sold the property in April to Toronto developer David Wex of Urban Capital. The new developer renamed the project Gorsebrook Park Condos, and has reportedly redesigned it to meet municipal guidelines for the property.

Ben’s Bakery Site—West End Halifax
Westwood Developments held an open house information meeting in late January to discuss proposed plans for the development of the Ben’s Bakery property bounded by Quinpool, Pepperall, Preston and Shirley streets. The mixed-use development, will include condos, apartments, commercial space and a new senior care facility.  

2032-2050 Quinpool Road
The Halifax District 7 & 8 Planning Advisory Committee recommended in late January that 10 storeys be cut from a proposed 25-storey mixed-use tower being developed by Westwood Developments.

Willow Tree Tower
The Halifax District 7 & 8 Planning Advisory Committee recommended in late January that 10 storeys be cut from the proposed 29-storey mixed-use tower on 6009-6017 Quinpool Road.

Pavilion at South Park
Developers of the proposed Pavilion at South Park mixed-use development that represents the rebuild of the former YMCA and CBC buildings on the corner of South-End Halifax’s South Park and Sackville Streets cleared a major hurdle Jan. 17, as the Municipal Design Review Committee unanimously approved the proposal and ignored the advice of municipal staff who had urged that the project be rejected.

Macara Presidio
The F.H. Development Group announced in early December (2015) that it was seeking a development agreement to build an eight-storey mixed-use building on the corner of Macara and Gottingen Streets in North-End Halifax. The developer plans to market the 71 residential units as condominiums, pending the continued health of the real estate market. 

Recently Completed Buildings
Q Lofts
Location: North-End Halifax–5666 Roberts Street
Structure: Six-storey low-rise building.
Units: 72
Unit Sizes: 600- to 1,850-square-feet.
Current Pricing: $399,900 to $499,900.
Estimated Condo Fees: N/A
Estimated Development Cost: N/A
Construction Details: The building is nearing completion
Interesting Neighbours: Halifax Common.
Developer: Polycorp Properties.
Also of Interest: The Developer is seeking “LEEDS Platinum” standard for the building, the highest LEEDS rating. As such, the building will have central geothermal heating, in-floor radiant heat, triple glazing and ICF perimeter walls. 

Harris East
Location: North-End Halifax–5677 Harris Street
Structure: Four-storey low-rise.
Units: 56 bachelor, one- and two-bedroom units.
Unit Sizes: Average 700-square-feet.
Current Pricing: Starting at $199,000.
Estimated Condo Fees: N/A
Estimated Development Cost: $10-million.
Interesting Neighbours: Halifax Common, The Oval, Agricola Street.
Developer: Atlantic Developments
Also of Interest: Atlantic Developments built the Theatre Lofts condo building on Gottingen Street.

St. Lawrence Place


Location: West-End Halifax–Joseph Howe Drive and Dutch Village Road.
Structure: Thirteen-storey, high-rise building.
Units: 94, with a mixture of condos and rentals.
Unit Sizes: 902- to 1,837-square-feet.
Current Pricing: $259,900 to $374,900.
Estimated Condo Fees: $300 to $400 (which covers heat and hot water).
Construction Details: The building was ready for occupancy in June 2014.
Interesting Neighbours: Bayer’s Road Shopping Centre, Chain of Lakes Trail, Ashburn Golf Club.
Developer: W.M. Fares Group
Also of Interest: The complex includes a five-storey, 52,000-square-foot commercial side building.

Under Construction
Southport

Location: South-End Halifax–1065 Barrington Street
Structure: Six-storey low-rise building.
Units: 75 condo units and 75 apartment rentals
Unit Sizes: 500- to 1,000-square-feet.
Current Pricing: $200,000 to $400,000.
Estimated Condo Fees: N/A
Permitting/Development Details: The developers are seeking an amendment to the site’s zoning to allow for mixed-use, including residential.
Estimated Development Cost: $30-million
Interesting Neighbours: Halifax Seaport Market, Point Pleasant Park, Pier 21 Museum.
Developers: Urban Capital and Killam Properties.
Also of Interest: The project's design incorporates corrugated metal cladding reminiscent of shipping containers in honour of the area's shipping history.

The Avery
Location: Downtown Dartmouth
Structure: Five-storey low-rise building
Units: 69
Unit Sizes: 739- to 1,378-square-feet.
Current Pricing: $287,900 to $899,900.
Condo Fees: N/A
Amenities: Numerous
Estimated Development Cost: N/A
Interesting Neighbours: Alderney Landing.
Developer: Annapolis Group.
Also of Interest: The development is named after an historic paddle-steamboat that was the first to travel between Halifax Harbour at Dartmouth Cove through to Cobequid Bay near Maitland via the Subenacadie Canal in a single voyage on November 29, 1861.

Aria at Long Lakes
Location: Armdale/Cowie Hill—Northwest Arm Drive and Cowie Hill Road
Structure: Seven-storey low-rise building to start, followed by nine-storey sister building.
Units: 84 in first building, with 108 in the second.
Unit Sizes: N/A
Expected Pricing: $199,000 to $399,000
Estimated Condo Fees: Developer plans to keep them low.
Estimated Development Cost: N/A
Construction Details: Excavation at the lot has begun.
Interesting Neighbours: Long Lake Provincial Park.
Developer: Polycorp Properties.
Also of Interest: Along with high standards of energy efficiency and low condo fees, the developer plans to offer extensive amenities with the buildings. The pre-sales launch is planned for Spring 2016.

The Dillon
Location: Downtown Halifax–5268 Sackville Street
Structure: Eight-Storey building.
Units: 39
Unit Sizes: 524- to 1,042-square-feet
Current Pricing: Starting at $291,000
Estimated Condo Fees: N/A
Estimated Development Cost: N/A
Interesting Neighbours: Fort Needham Memorial Park, Agricola Street, Robie Street.
Developer: Mosaik Properties
Also of Interest: The Dillon is named after a family-run market that was on the site since the 1860s. 

The Roy


Location: Downtown Halifax–1650 Granville Street
Structure: 22-storey contemporary high-rise.
Units: 135 one-, two-, three-bedroom and penthouse units.
Unit Sizes: 581-square-feet to an estimated 3,000-square-feet.
Current Pricing: Starting at $296,000.
Estimated Condo Fees: N/A
Construction Details: Demolition of the existing Roy Building is nearing completion.
Estimated Development Cost:  N/A
Interesting Neighbours: Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Neptune Theatre, Waterfront Boardwalk.
Developer: Starship Properties.
Also of Interest: When completed the “ultra-luxurious” condo building will be the tallest building in Halifax’s historic district.

Monaghan Square
Location: North-End Halifax–6100 Young Street.
Structure: Twin 17-storey high-rise buildings
Units: Approximately 162, with one building comprised of condos and the other of apartment rentals.
Unit Sizes: N/A
Current Pricing: $199,900 to $790,000
Estimated Condo Fees: N/A
Estimated Development Cost: N/A
Interesting Neighbours:
Developer: Young Street Equities Ltd.
Also of Interest: The twin towers were originally planned as apartment towers by W.M. Apartments Ltd., but the company dissolved, and one of the partners purchased the site and decided to make one of the towers condo units. 

The Keep
Location: 6112 Quinpool Road
Structure: Eight-storey mixed-use building.
Units: 74 condos.
Unit Sizes: N/A
Current Pricing: N/A
Estimated Condo Fees: N/A
Permitting/Development Details: Construction is expected to commence imminently.
Estimated Development Cost: N/A
Interesting Neighbours: Video Difference, Oxford Theatre, Emera Oval.
Developer: Studioworks International, Inc.
Also of Interest: A “keep” is defined as the innermost and usually strongest structure within a medieval castle.

Approved
Gorsebrook Park Condos
Location: South-End Halifax–1034/1056 Wellington Street.
Structure: Eight- and 10-storey twin high-rise towers
Units: 142
Unit Sizes: N/A
Current Pricing: N/A
Estimated Condo Fees: N/A
Permitting/Development Details: The Halifax District 7 & 8 Planning Advisory Committee is seeking height restrictions.
Estimated Development Cost: N/A
Interesting Neighbours:Gorsebrook Park, St. Mary’s University, Dalhousie University, QEII.
Developer: Urban Capital

The Pavillion at South Park
Location: Downtown Halifax–corner of Sackville and South Park Streets
Structure: 12- and 15-storey towers arising from a common ground-floor pedestal.
Units: 80
Unit Sizes: N/A
Current Pricing: N/A
Estimated Condo Fees: N/A
Permitting/Development Details:
Estimated Development Cost: $140-million for the entire mixed-use complex.
Interesting Neighbours: Halifax Common, Spring Garden Road, YMCA.
Developers: Southwest Properties and Streamliner Properties.
Also of Interest: The residential portion of the development is being sold to the co-developers as a means of offsetting the cost of the new YMCA facilities.

Proposed
King’s Wharf–The Maristella

Location: Dartmouth Waterfront–King’s Wharf Drive
Structure: 36-storey, high-rise tower.
Units: 114
Unit Sizes: 750- to 2,536-square feet for one- to two-bedroom units; indeterminate size for three penthouse units.
Current Pricing: $500,000 to $2 million.
Estimated Condo Fees: N/A
Estimated Development Cost: At least $100-million for the tower.
Interesting Neighbours: The rest of King’s Wharf; Halifax.
Developer: Fares, Inc.
Also of Interest: The Maristella will be the tallest condo tower in greater Halifax.

Camille Residences
Location:North-End Halifax–2857 Isleville Road
Structure: Eight-Storey building.
Units: 33
Unit Sizes: N/A
Current Pricing: N/A
Estimated Condo Fees: N/A
Permitting/Development Details: The project has received community council approval.
Estimated Development Cost:
Interesting Neighbours: Fort Needham Memorial Park, Agricola Street, Robie Street.
Developer: Onyx Property Management
Also of Interest: The building is being named after the former iconic north-end seafood restaurant named Camille’s.

Willow Tree Tower
Location: West-End Halifax–6009/6017 Quinpool Road.
Structure: 29-storey high-rise tower.
Units: 149
Unit Sizes: N/A
Current Pricing: N/A
Estimated Condo Fees: N/A
Permitting/Development Details: The Halifax District 7 & 8 Planning Advisory Committee is seeking height restrictions.
Estimated Development Cost: N/A
Interesting Neighbours: Halifax Common, Emera Oval, Video Difference, downtown.
Developer: APL Properties, Ltd.

Fennwick Tower Redevelopment
(*Developer has suggested that the redevelopment may contain a mix of condominiums and apartment rentals.)
Location: South-End Halifax–5599 Fenwick Street.
Structure: 33-storey high-rise building
Units: 445
Unit Sizes: N/A
Current Pricing: N/A
Estimated Condo Fees: N/A
Permitting/Development Details: The original building was completed in 1971. The developer submitted new scaled-down renovation plans to the municipality in June.
Estimated Development Cost: $150-million
Developer: Templeton Properties.
Also of Interest: Fenwick Tower is the tallest Canadian building east of Montreal.

2842 Gottingen Street
(*Developer has not decided yet whether the residential units will be condos or rentals.)
Location: North-End Halifax–2842 Gottingen Street.
Structure: seven-storey mixed-use building.
Units: 41 condo or apartment units.
Unit Sizes: N/A
Current Pricing: N/A
Estimated Condo Fees: N/A
Permitting/Development Details: A development agreement is expected to be approved by the end of the year.
Estimated Development Cost: $8-million.
Interesting Neighbours: Fort Needham Park, Halifax Common, Angus MacDonald Bridge.
Developer: George Israel.

The Stackhouse
(*Developer has not decided yet whether the residential units will be condos or rentals.)
Location: North-End Halifax–5530 Bilby Street.
Structure: Eight-storey building
Units: 35
Unit Sizes: N/A
Current Pricing: N/A
Estimated Condo Fees: N/A
Permitting/Development Details: The project has received community council approval.
Estimated Development Cost: N/A
Developer: F.H. Construction.
Also of Interest: The name of the building is derived from a smokestack that had risen from the edge of the property since the 1800s.

3620 Dutch Village Road Mixed Use Development
Location: North End Halifax—3620 Dutch Village Road.
Structure: Five one- to eight-storey buildings, of which two will be comprised of condominiums.
Units: 130
Currently Available Unit Sizes: N/A
Current Asking Prices: N/A
Current Monthly Condo Fees: N/A
Estimated Development Cost: N/A
Development Details: The development agreement has been approved by both regional and municipal council.
Interesting Neighbours: Halifax West High School, Centennial Arena.
Developer: United Gulf Developments Ltd.

McLean Street Condos
Location: South End
Structure: Three-Storey building
Units: N/A
Unit Size: N/A
Estimated Pricing: N/A
Estimated Monthly Condo Fees: N/A
Estimated Development Cost: N/A
Permitting/Construction Details: N/A
Interesting Neighbours: Halifax Grammar School.
Developer: N/A
Also of Interest: N/A 

Rejected, on Hold, or Otherwise in Limbo
22nd Commerce Square
Location: Downtown Halifax–the Block Bounded by Granville, George, Hollis and Duke Streets.
Structure: Twin 24-storey towers sharing a common podium.
Units: 88 “luxury” condo units.
Unit Sizes: N/A
Current Pricing: N/A
Estimated Condo Fees: N/A
Permitting/Development Details: Unclear
Estimated Development Cost: N/A
Interesting Neighbours: The Roy Building
Developer: The Thiel Family
Also of Interest: The development would also include a boutique hotel, office space, conference centre, public atrium, restaurant, retail stores and underground parking.

St. Joseph’s Square
Location: North-End Halifax–5455 Russell Street.
Structure: Nine-storey building with 5,000-square-feet of retail/commercial space and 12 “townhouses” on the ground floor.
Units: 83
Unit Sizes: N/A
Current Pricing: N/A
Estimated Condo Fees: N/A
Permitting/Development Details: The project was stalled during the permitting process, and the original developer, ECL Properties, sold the site to GTL Investments, which has reportedly decided to make the development apartment rental units.
Estimated Development Cost: N/A
Developer: GTL Investments.
Also of Interest: The complex includes 12 townhouse-style structures on the ground floors designed “to create the illusion of low rise identity, compatible  to the surrounding neighbourhood.”

Skye Halifax

Location: Central Downtown—corner of Hollis and Sackville Streets
Structure: Two 48-storey towers providing mixed use, including retail, condominiums and a hotel.
Units: Unknown, but the units will be designed to accommodate families, couples and individuals.
Estimated Pricing: Unknown, but the developer has publicly stated that he wants the most affordable unit to cost about $200,000.
Estimated Monthly Condo Fees: N/A
Estimated Development Cost: $350 million.
Permitting/Construction Details: HRM Council on Nov. 20 voted 6 to 9 to reject the developer's request for an exemption to HRM by Design's height restrctions.
Interesting Neighbours: Maritime Centre, Discovery Centre and Neptune Theatre.
Developer: United Gulf Developments Ltd.
Also of Interest: The proposed project replaces the previously approved “Twisted Sisters" 27-storey twin tower development. If approved and built, the buildings would be the tallest in Halifax. 

Queen’s Landing
Location: Halifax Waterfront
Structure: N/A
Units: N/A, but developers have indicated that it might include up to 70,000-square feet of residential space.
Unit Size: N/A
Estimated Pricing: N/A
Estimated Monthly Condo Fees: N/A
Estimated Development Cost: N/A
Permitting/Construction Details: The Queen’s Landing “conceptual plan” has received approval from the Province, the Waterfront Development Corporation and the Armour Group, but the plans have yet to be seen by the public.
Estimated Development Cost: N/A
Interesting Neighbours: An expanded Maritime Museum and HMCS Sackville.
Developer: Waterfront Development Corporation and Armour Group.
Also of Interest: The developers have now decided that the residential component of the development will be comprised of apartment rentals.

Jazz Condos
Location: North End, Halifax; 5455 Russell Street.
Structure: 8.5-Storey building with 5,000 square feet of retail/commercial space and 12 “townhouses” on the ground floors.
Units: 62 one bedroom and one bedroom with Den.
Unit Size: 730 to 1,040 square feet.
Estimated Pricing: N/A
Estimated Monthly Condo Fees: N/A
Estimated Development Cost: $15 million.
Permitting/Construction Details: The developer is in litigation with HRM, claiming that the municipality falsely represented the vacant land as zoned R-3 for multiple dwellings, but then denied the building permit because the land was deemed as set-aside open space for recreational purposes.
Interesting Neighbours: Fort Needham Memorial Park, Shambhala School.
Developer: Polycorp Inc.
Also of Interest: The ongoing and expanding lawsuit.

Drum
Location: North Downtown—corner of Cogswell Street and Rainnie Drive
Structure: Six-storey, flatiron-style building.
Units: 44
Unit Size: 600- to 1,100-square-feet
Estimated Pricing: $250,000 to $500,000.
Estimated Monthly Condo Fees: $100 to $250.
Estimated Development Cost: N/A
Permitting/Construction Details: The development has been stalled by an “anti-progressive” city government, according to the developer, who says he has been waiting more than a year  for the city to approve an amendment to its “HRM by Design Plan” that would allow Drum to substitute a rooftop garden for open spaces on the ground floor.
Interesting Neighbours: Citadel Hill.
Developer: Common Hill Developments.
Also of Interest: The upper floor units are slated to have 360 degree views of the entire city, harbour and Citadel. 

Gottingen Terrace
Location: North Downtown, Gottingen Street.
Structure: 16 townhouse-style buildings
Units: Forty-eight one, two and three bedroom.
Unit Size: 560- to 1,220-square-feet
Estimated Pricing: $130,000 to $200,000
Estimated Monthly Condo Fees: N/A
Estimated Development Cost: $5.5 million
Permitting/construction Details: The developer put the proposed project on hold in September 2012, citing a lack of provincial support. 
Interesting Neighbours: Halifax Commons.
Developer: Creighton/Gerrish
Also of Interest: Designed to be “affordable housing” for those making less than $31,000 per year.

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