Boardwalks and a beach: King's Wharf developer eyes major changes

King's Wharf developer Francis Fares has asked Halifax regional council to approve major changes to the project, but the total number of residential units wouldn't change.

Francis Fares is looking for city to approve design changes, which include more public space

If proposed changes to King's Wharf are approved, this is what the development could look like. (Breakhouse Inc.)

The developer behind the massive King's Wharf project along the Dartmouth waterfront has asked Halifax regional council to approve major changes to the project, although the number of proposed residential units would remain the same at 1,500.

There are four buildings already built or under construction at the site.

Developer Francis Fares said he plans to begin work on the tallest building on the site in 2018, but he'll spend the next six months going through an amendment process.

"We reduced the height along the waterfront. The focus is on the pedestrian experience," he said.

Francis Fares is the developer behind King's Wharf. (CBC)

The revised proposal envisions more public space, including boardwalks and a beach.

"We have the sun here until sunset, so we thought we'd take advantage of it and make the waterfront more enjoyable and pedestrian friendly," said Fares.

The developer has also asked the municipality for permission to eliminate a second access route into the King's Wharf
site.

Fares said experts have told him it isn't necessary, but a second route is part of the original plan approved in 2008.

Fares said it could take another decade to complete the King's Wharf Project.

The redesign puts more of an emphasis on public spaces, said developer Francis Fares. (Breakhouse Inc.)

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Pam Berman

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Pam Berman is CBC Nova Scotia's municipal affairs reporter. She's been a journalist for almost 35 years and has covered Halifax regional council since 1997. That includes four municipal elections, 19 budgets and countless meetings. Story ideas can be sent to pam.berman@cbc.ca