While we can’t say size always matters, in the case of buildings it really does.
On Tuesday, September 7, Halifax and West Community Council will be hosting a virtual public hearing to discuss proposed amendments to the Halifax Municipal Planning Strategy and Halifax Peninsula Land Use By-law. The amendments, requested by Zwicker Zareski Architecture & Planning on behalf of developer Peter Rouvalis (aka 8088962 Nova Scotia Ltd), are intended to help pave the way for two proposed highrises fronting Robie St, College St, and Carlton St in Halifax. The towers (one 29-storey/90 metres plus penthouse and the other 28 storey/87 metres plus penthouse) would feature 577 residences and more than 500 parking spaces in a new six-level underground parking garage. The proposed development also includes plans for new storefronts on the street level.
Also being discussed at the hearing is whether to approve a 23-storey highrise overlooking the Halifax Common (Westwood Tower, 2032–2050 Robie St), with underground parking for a minimum of 70 vehicles.
So what’s the BIG deal? Why should we care how high a new building stretches into the sky or how many cars can be parked in the garage?