Dartmouth’s Shannon Park improvement lastly takes step ahead

Dartmouth’s Shannon Park improvement lastly takes step ahead

The long-awaited Shannon Park improvement that may see a brand new group constructed on the Halifax Harbour is lastly seeing progress.

The Halifax municipality’s Harbour East-Marine Drive Group Council moved the proposed improvement settlement alongside on Thursday, sending it to a future public listening to.

The proposal would see a mixed-use group with 3,000 new residential items in a spread of constructing sizes on 23 new metropolis blocks in Dartmouth close to the MacKay Bridge. It might have business area, a transit hub, active-transportation paths, and about three hectares of inexperienced area together with a waterfront park.

“Lastly it is right here,” stated Coun. Tony Mancini, who represents the world and sits on the group council.

“There’s been many delays alongside the best way to get us to the place we’re, and a few of these delays … have been justified.”

There was intensive public session in 2016 on what the brand new neighborhood ought to appear like. Though the housing on the 34-hectare former army group was demolished the subsequent yr, the world has sat largely empty apart from  the prevailing Shannon Park Elementary.

A kind of delays was ready for the centre plan to be finalized, Mancini stated, which didn’t occur till 2019. The plan set improvement pointers for the city core of Halifax and Dartmouth. 

Coun. Tony Mancini represents Harbourview-Burnside-Dartmouth East, which incorporates Shannon Park. (CBC)

Shannon Park was additionally floated because the potential web site for a soccer stadium. However regional council voted in 2019 to contribute $20 million for a potential $110-million stadium — provided that it wasn’t in Shannon Park and an extended listing of circumstances was additionally met.

The location was additionally a part of the town’s failed pitch to be Amazon’s second North American headquarters.

“Then this pandemic that impacted the entire world slowed issues down. However we’re right here now,” Mancini stated. 

“And that is good. As a result of we want … items as a result of we’re rising so shortly. We’d like locations for folks to remain.”

Property proprietor Canada Lands, the Crown company that develops former federal actual property, is main the mission. It’s going to construct the brand new roads and infrastructure earlier than promoting the plot to new builders who will finalize the buildings and neighbourhood, Mancini stated.

Whereas municipal insurance policies often require builders to contribute cash that non-profits can use for inexpensive housing, Within the case of Canada Lands, Mancini stated it has assured prior to now that inexpensive housing can be constructed on a sure proportion of the lands they promote.

“Can we do each? Can we do one or the opposite? These are issues that have to be mentioned on the public listening to with our workers and with Canada Lands,” Mancini stated.

The Shannon Park proposal notes that the road community can be designed to resist storm surge and predicted rising sea ranges which is vital as it’s among the many areas most weak to flooding in Nova Scotia by 2050. 

A map shows a grid of new streets, trees and parks along the shoreline
An aerial rendering of the proposed improvement for the Shannon Park lands in Dartmouth, N.S. (Canada Lands Firm)

Mancini stated he hopes a public listening to can be set throughout the subsequent two months. At that time, the group council can recommend modifications or green-light the complete proposal, and development might start this yr.

Canada Lands can be working with Millbrook First Nation to develop about 4 hectares of land on the shoreline in cooperation with the bigger Shannon Park improvement.

Millbrook Chief Bob Gloade has stated they need to do a mixture of residential and business improvement alongside the waterfront.

The land, which is also called Turtle Grove or Turtle Cove, was acquired by Indigenous Companies Canada and declared reserve land to fulfil an excellent Mi’kmaw declare courting again earlier than the Halifax Explosion.