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Old 07-31-2011, 04:18 PM   #1
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Okay, not exactly New England, but close enough, right? It's more geographically connected to New England than most of Canada, and perhaps economically as well.


The Trillium
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The Trillium has an expected completion time of September 2011. There are 19 levels in total in the Trillium On South Park Condominium Building. The 1st level is store front commercial units. The 2nd level is dedicated to professional offices and the 3rd floor is where the 1st level of residential units begin. They continue on from levels 3 to 18 and the Penthouse is on the top completing the building for a total of 19 levels. There 84 units in total in the building.

Just some of the features
* 24 Hour Concierge Service
* 24 hour video display security
* Furnished Meeting Room
* Furnished Guest Suite
* Furnished Fitness Room
* All Common Area Terraces
* Heated ramp to underground parking
* Garbage Chutes
* Separate Storage lockers
* 2 elevators
* Security Card access
* 1 dedicated underground parking spot per unit
* Indoor car wash bay
* Generator back-up

Construction Photos: http://thetrillium.ca/faq_photos.php
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Residential, retail and commercial elements create a self-contained community, conveniently located in the heart of Atlantic Canada’s largest urban centre. A thoughtful mix of boutiques, Euro-style grocers and everyday services are all in place to ensure everything you need is at your doorstep. Pedestrian friendly streets, parks and boardwalks are all designed to bring people together.
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So is it true that there is no longer a ferry form ME to Novia Scotia and one must drive through Canada to get there? A friend told em this yesterday and this is hard for me to believe. There must be some ferry going form somewhere in NE to Novia Scotia.
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Old 08-02-2011, 02:42 PM   #4
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^The CAT used to do it. I never had the chance to take it, but it seemed great. That's too bad. Halifax is a city I've never been to but I want to go.
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Old 08-02-2011, 05:49 PM   #5
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There also used to be an overnight cruiser from Portland that also recently shut down. there have been talks of reviving that one as well. Currently I think you have to go to at least St. John, NB to take a ferry over to Nova Scotia.
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never been to novia scotia, would love to go.
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The CAT was purchased by Japan or Korea or some company over there or something, I think, and is now serving over there. I think Boston would be a much better market than Portland though, so I don't understand why Portland had these services and Boston doesn't. I'd love to go to Halifax, as well, not so sure about the rest of Nova Scotia, not sure what there is.
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The Portland and Bar Harbor ferries went to Yarmouth, NS, which at the westernmost tip of Nova Scotia, so maybe the services were based purely due to transit time. For a ferry straight to Halifax though, my guess is that Boston is actually better situated to get around the southern tip of NS and as it would be a straighter shot from Boston in probably similar times.
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Those new developments look good. The Kings Wharf project reminds me of Portland's Thompson's Point proposal minus all the parking (which is a plus), based on the image posted above.

I've never been to Halifax but it looks like a beautiful area. There are non-stop flights from Boston to Halifax by Air Canada, but it looks a bit pricey. I think a seasonal cruise ship service between the two ports could work.
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October 30, 2012 - 8:08pm BY LAURA FRASER CITY HALL REPORTER



The future of Skye Halifax will be decided by the new council after the outgoing municipal politicians voted to push the $350-million downtown development into the newcomers’ hands.

The twin 44-storey towers are 106 metres higher than allowed by HRM by Design in that part of the city, which prompted the design and review committee to twice reject the mammoth proposal. In October, the committee again recommended council do the same.

Tuesday’s deferral means the incoming council will be tested on its commitment to the municipal development blueprint upon which many councillors campaigned.

The two towers would be built on the former Tex-Park site, bounded by Granville, Hollis and Sackville streets.

In 2005, United Gulf Developments Ltd. planned to build what became known as the Twisted Sisters on that lot. Those 27-storey towers were eventually approved by council, and later by the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board after heritage groups appealed the development.

But United Gulf allowed the permit to expire in 2010 and came back with the much grander proposal for Skye Halifax.

The design and review committee first rejected the application for a development permit in February and asked council to kill the project. Instead, council called for a public meeting, which culminated in a second staff report.

That report warned the committee against approving the project, saying that OK’ing something that is such a departure from HRM by Design’s guidelines would effectively tell developers to ignore the planning strategy.

Visitors to Citadel Hill’s parade square would also be able to see the twin towers from inside the historic fort, which would violate the municipality’s viewplane regulations.

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Construction may soon begin on a new trade and convention centre for downtown Halifax, CBC News has learned.

After months of delay, the provincial government says the developer, Rank Inc., is now ready to break ground.

The city still has to give its final approval, which could happen as early as next week.

If council approves the memorandum of agreement as expected, Maurice Smith, Nova Scotia's Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, said construction of the new convention centre could start as early as this summer.

In December of 2010 the province and the HRM reached a memorandum of agreement to each contribute $56 million to the construction costs and equally share operational costs.

Last August, the federal government announced a contribution of $51.4 million toward the project.

But the developer Rank Inc. still wasn't ready to commit. The company's head, Joe Ramia, said the company needed to line up tenants for the office and retail space that will make up most of the $500 million project.

Smith said he has been told those tenants are now in place and Rank Inc. is finally ready to start building.

"He's indicated that he's ready to move so this is the next stage...to formalize the legal wording of the agreements between the province and HRM," Smith told CBC News.

The CEO of Trade Centre Limited, Scott Ferguson, said the new convention centre would open later than expected: it was orginally slated to open by the end of 2014.

In an interview last August, Premier Darrell Dexter said the project means about $9.5 million in provincial tax revenue.

Mayor Peter Kelly said this is a huge development for downtown Halifax.

"It's a very positive step, of course, moving this whole project forward and hopefully once we dot the i's and cross the t's we're able to get things going," Kelly said.

The convention centre proposal is controversial. Some opponents say the building will obstruct the view from Citadel Hill, while others argue there is simply no business case to support it.

"In giving this project the green light, the feds have ensured taxpayers will be on the hook for a heavy initial outlay as well as millions more in future operating loses," Kevin Lacey, regional spokesman for the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, said in a statement last August.

"What we'd rather see is the private sector, if they want this stuff, they should invest in it," said Lacey. "The average taxpayer would see very little benefit as a result of this project, yet they're being expected to shoulder most of the burden."
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November 20, 2012 - 2:42pm BY LAURA FRASER CITY HALL REPORTER



The Halifax skyline will not include the 48-storey twin towers proposed by United Gulf Developments Ltd.

Regional council rejected the firm’s request for an exception to HRM by Design’s height restrictions, which the Skye Halifax development would have exceeded by 106 metres.

The vote marked the first controversial decision the new council has faced since being sworn in two weeks ago. It also upheld the recommendation from the city’s design and review committee and from planning staff.

That committee report suggested the developer had not successfully shown that Skye Halifax qualifies for the loophole built into the municipal planning blueprint. An exception to the rules may apply if a project will provide a social or economic benefit to the surrounding area, according to a clause in HRM by Design.

But both municipal staff and Mayor Mike Savage said any immediate benefit from the $350-million project would be overshadowed in the long term.

This exception would create uncertainty for those looking to develop downtown Halifax, Savage argued, the very thing the adoption of HRM by Design was meant to overcome.

“It would put us back into a degree of chaos,” Savage told council. “It would invite other proposals seeking not variances from the plan but an abandonment of both the plan and (the) principle behind it.

“It could return us to the days when every proposal became a fight between the developer and others, when every application required massive staff resources for review and analysis and public sessions.”

The mayor made his remarks after he chose to step down from the chairman’s seat and participate in the debate, a move that veteran observers had never seen.

Savage told reporters later he might do it again, albeit infrequently. He said he spoke out because he had strong opinions about the decision, not because he felt council might be leaning in a different direction.

The defeat, by a 9-6 vote, means the Skye Halifax project will not go any further in its current design. Had the outcome of the vote been different, it still would not have meant the project would be approved, only that it would go to a public hearing.

The president of United Gulf questioned council’s decision to kill the project without having heard from the public.

Skye Halifax would bring much-needed density to the downtown, Navid Saberi said, calling council short-sighted in its rejection of the project.

“The way I look at it is the choices we make today shape our future for tomorrow,” he said in an interview. “There have been a lot of choices made in the last 30 years and we see the result of that now downtown.”

The development firm submitted a petition to council with more than 1,400 signatures in support of the project, which Saberi said should have prompted the city to at least hear from the public.

Coun. David Hendsbee said the same thing to his colleagues when he called for council to move to the public hearing stage.

“With all due respect, I don’t think we’re opening the floodgates to a whole new downtown,” the Preston-Porters Lake-Eastern Shore councillor said. “And I’d ask that we hear from the citizens on the matter.”

Several opponents of the project, however, argued that council has already received direction from the public, in the creation of HRM by Design.

To abandon the planning blueprint would effectively ignore what council and the municipality have already heard from residents, Coun. Waye Mason said.

“How will any citizen trust our plans if they can be overturned whenever a big-dollar development is proposed?” the Peninsula South-Downtown representative asked his colleagues.

“Every gas station, every quarry is fair game to be considered. Citizens have trusted us to uphold these plans, and we have an obligation to follow through.”

The Downtown Halifax Business Commission had also petitioned council to kill the project, saying it would create uncertainty about the entire development process.

The previous council made one exception to HRM by Design, for the CBC-YMCA development slated for South Park and Sackville Streets, saying it met the criteria for community benefit.

It’s unclear what will happen to the former Tex-Park site where Skye Halifax was to be built. Saberi couldn’t say whether he plans to submit an amended development to the municipality.

In 2005, Saberi’s firm planned to build what became known as the Twisted Sisters on that same lot. Those 27-storey towers were eventually approved by council and later by the Utility and Review Board after heritage groups appealed.

But United Gulf allowed the permit to expire in 2010 and then returned with the much taller Skye Halifax proposal.
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Those 2 towers seemed way to tall for Halifax's skyline. Maybe 25-30 stories would have been more appropriate? That convention center looks awesome. Halifax kind of reminds me on a mini-Vancouver.
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Thanks for sharing. I like Halifax a lot. I went with family in the fall of 2014 (actually took the Novastar from Portland) and spent three days in the city. I want to go back. Good bones downtown, active and friendly people, and a lot of history. Bacon poutine on the waterfront never hurts either.
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Those new developments look good. The Kings Wharf project reminds me of Portland's Thompson's Point proposal minus all the parking (which is a plus), based on the image posted above.

I've never been to Halifax but it looks like a beautiful area. There are non-stop flights from Boston to Halifax by Air Canada, but it looks a bit pricey. I think a seasonal cruise ship service between the two ports could work.
Two things mitigate against direct ferry service from Boston or Portland to Halifax:
  1. It's too far to sail round-trip in a day; you'd either have to have less-than-daily service or use two ships.
  2. The whole reason the NS government is subsidizing the ferry service is to serve as a tourism booster for their Southwest; sending people directly to Halifax would defeat that goal.

Incidentally, the new Cat started sailing from Portland to Yarmouth (and back) this week. If you go from the US, you have to overnight in Yarmouth as there are no cabins on the ship, and it's basically timed to leave Yarmouth in the morning, flip in Portland around 2:30 or so, and get back to Yarmouth in the evening. Sailing time is a few hours and there's little to nothing on the ship itself to serve as an attraction, so for those who go it's because they actually want to go to Nova Scotia.
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