HALIFAX – Big plans are in store for the CBC building site at the corner of Sackville and South Park Streets, reports the Chronicle-Herald.
Following four years of study, the CBC’s aging structure has been slated for demolition to make way for a new 500,000 square foot development. Neighbours the YMCA — who have teamed up with CBC Radio Canada to come up with a development proposal — currently expect the site to include new YMCA facilities, office retail space, a public atrium, 200+ residential units and a 100 room boutique hotel.
While we’ll still have to wait until a private developer is chosen before we start seeing potential designs, there’s good reason to get excited over these downtown rumblings. Amoung other things, the project’s design principles seem to recognize the importance of the site for peninsular Halifax and the surrounding community. Hopefully this means that enlivening the streetscape and providing public spaces will not be forgotten in the planning process.
With the Fenwick community consultation processes (see their facebook video for more info on this) in mind, here’s hoping the public get’s a similar opportunity to influence the project as it goes forward. Since it is the YMCA, this probably isn’t too much to expect.
photo by Steve Dinn