Nova Scotia

Proposal puts tower on Halifax waterfront

A residential tower is a key feature of a new development proposal for the Halifax waterfront.

A residential tower is a key feature of a new development proposal for the Halifax waterfront.

The Waterfront Development Corp. is planning a development for the Cunard Block, currently a parking lot between Bishop's Landing and the new Nova Scotia Power building.

The proposal calls for shops and restaurants on the ground floor, and office and residential spaces on the higher floors.

One of the towers could be 17 storeys tall.

"It's intended to be a high density, mixed use development site. It's one of the sites on the waterfront where the HRM land-use bylaw allows some height and some density," said Eric Burchill, the organization's vice-president of planning.

The existing boardwalk in the area shouldn't be affected.

In fact, Burchill said, there could be even more public space once construction is finished.

"We'll also be building an expanded plaza on the northeast corner of the site and have public open space for both passive and active recreation, as well as events," he said.

Waterfront Development will look for a developer to take on the project later this month. Burchill said the design could be tweaked after that.

The corporation hopes to start building by 2014.

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