Nova Scotia

No Midtown tower, group says

A heritage group is hoping the provincial regulator will stop a 17-storey hotel from going up in downtown Halifax.

A heritage group is hoping the provincial regulator will stop a 17-storey hotel from going up in downtown Halifax.

The Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia appeared before the utility and review board Monday, which is holding hearings related to the Midtown development application.

The owner of the 56-year-old Midtown Tavern on Grafton Street wants to replace it with a modern, 17-floor hotel complex.

After the Peninsula Community Council approved the project last July, several groups turned to the review board to try to overturn that decision.

They claim the complex will obstruct the view of the harbour from Citadel Hill. The heritage trust also worries that other tall buildings will go up if the Midtown proposal goes ahead.

It's now up to the complainants to show the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board that councillors contravened the municipality's own development plan when they approved the project.

The hearings will continue all week.