Council unanimously approves multi-tower development in north-end Halifax


It took 14 revisions over the course of five years, but the multi-tower development proposal slated for north-end Halifax finally received approval.

The latest design put forward for Richmond Yards, a 1.7-hectare site located between Almon and St. Albans streets, has five building elements ranging from eight to 30 storeys tall and a row of townhouses.

In total, the development will offer up to 620 residential units, with half of those required to be two bedrooms.

Jennifer Chapman, a planner with Halifax Regional Municipality, said the municipality originally wanted a smaller building, but Westwood Developments said in order to provide larger units it needed a larger tower plate.

“So we got to a compromise on the site with the tower and the dimensions that it has, but with the requirements around those units,” Chapman told Halifax West and Community Council at its meeting Tuesday night.

Chapman noted in the latest proposal, one of the towers went from being two storeys to 10.

“Its original design was intended to be used for a cultural space, however, the applicant was unable to secure the lease for this building, and so the space will instead operate as a mixed-use building,” she said.

Danny Chedrawe, president of Westwood Developments, said the vision for the site is “diversity and inclusion” and will bring young people, families and the elderly together.

But with only 550 underground parking spaces, with 100 of those spaces to be dedicated to hourly parking for anyone in the neighbourhood, Coun. Iona Stoddard (Timberlea-Beechville-Clayton Park-Wedgewood) said she was concerned there wasn’t enough parking.

Chapman said the development doesn’t offer a parking space per unit as the site has “excellent access to public transit” and was designed to be a transit-oriented development. The plan also includes “a shared street concept along Clifton Green and at St. Albans and the King Street extension.”