Nova Scotia

Reactions mixed for Dartmouth building proposal

Residents are divided over a development plan that includes a 24-storey building for downtown Dartmouth.

Residents are divided over a development plan that includes a 24-storey building for downtown Dartmouth.

The apartment building would go on Wyse Road, near the Macdonald Bridge. It's the tallest of several new buildings proposed for vacant lots in the area.

Andy Fillmore, project manager for HRM By Design, calls it a "plan for everybody."

"This is going to impact people from all walks of life, all ages of their careers," he said Wednesday at a public meeting at the Dartmouth Sportsplex.

While some people support the development, others argue that it's too tall or doesn't fit in with the neighbourhood.

"The building heights that are permitted are much, much too high and are inappropriate for an area with heavy traffic flows like the Wyse Road area and heavy pedestrians. There's just a built-in conflict that will only be made worse," said Doug Rigby.

There is easy access to transit, Fillmore noted, adding that the area can handle new development.

He said the plan promotes "the kind of dense, walkable neighbourhoods that can help support a really good transit system, that can help support vibrant streetscapes."

The meeting is part of the HRM by Design process. Municipal staff will report back to Halifax regional council before any further decisions are made.