Nova Scotia

Halifax waterfront redevelopment designs unveiled

Nova Scotians are getting their first look at three redevelopment concepts for a section of the Halifax waterfront.

Nova Scotians are getting their first look at three redevelopment concepts for a section of the Halifax waterfront.

Nearly 100 people came out to a public meeting Thursday to view the design concepts commissioned by the Waterfront Development Corp.

The provincial Crown agency wants to reshape the area at the foot of George Street, which covers the NovaScotian Crystal building and the Cable Wharf parking lot.

Colin MacLean, CEO of the development corporation, said it's important to get public input.

"We want people to look at this because it's a very, very significant and challenging spot to try to figure out how to make it the best for Halifax and Nova Scotia," he said.

The designs include areas for shops and restaurants and some features such as image projections and an estuary basin.

Kara Holm wanted to check out the proposals. She works at the nearby casino.

"Right now there's a mass exodus at 5 o'clock and it would be really great if we started actually living more down on the waterfront as a regular part of our business," Holm said.

Cary Vollick, the landscape architect who designed the public spaces at Bishop's Landing, said the space should be accessible to everyone.

"There was no shortage of big ideas. I was a little concerned that there was somewhat of a shortage of small ideas that make our waterfront more habitable and more comfortable for the people who are attracted to come down to the waterfront currently," said Vollick.

MacLean said at least 100 parking spaces would be eliminated. He expects that will appeal to those who tell him parking is the worst use of the land.

The designs are available online at www.my-waterfront.ca. The development corporation is accepting comments over the next few months.

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