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Residents disapprove of two 30-story buildings set for Robie St. and Spring Garden Rd.

By Caitlin Snow Jan 25, 2024 | 1:59 PM

Several residents are unhappy about two 30-story mixed-use buildings coming to the corner of Robie Street and Spring Garden Road.

Council approved the proposal from Dexel Developments in 2019.

The towers would be residential and commercial and in order to develop them, a number of structures would have to be demolished on Spring Garden Rd. The plan would also include rehabilitating historical structures on Carlton Street.

Several community members appeared before council Tuesday, arguing the structures would not only be unaffordable amid a housing crisis, but not suitable for families saying it was unclear what kind of units they would be.  They also expressed concerns regarding environmentally friendly material, an increase in parking and blocking sunlight.

Others, support it for our growing city.

Dexel went before council to ask for structural changes including a one-story penthouse and the towers to be closer together.

Council Support

The proposal however, had the support from council.

Councillor for Halifax South Downtown, Waye Mason said it was an approvement from the original proposal in 2019.

Councillor for Halifax West Armdale, Shawn Cleary also added his support emphasizing that population density is good for taxes and population; more people in the downtown core may also help the environment as people can walk or bike to work.