Application by Upland Planning and Design Studio for amendments to the existing development agreement for lands at Dutch Village Road and Supreme Court, Halifax (The Boss Plaza) to allow for a change of use of Buildings A and B from commercial to mixed-use (residential and commercial), increases in floor area of Buildings A, B and C, changes to the exterior appearance of all buildings and changes to the structured parking levels, signage and the exterior rooftop landscaping for the proposed development.
The applicant wishes to amend the existing development agreement for the site. The major aspects of the proposal are as follows:
Proposed changes to the architectural design/ appearance of the entire development (Building portions A through E) to provide a more contemporary look, including some changes to exterior building materials.
Detailed breakdown of building changes for each “Building” (portion) of the development:
- Building A: Change from office & ground-floor retail to residential/ retail building; change from 6 commercial floors to 8 floors* (7 residential, 1 commercial); increase in building height by approximately 5 ft., 8 in. (from approximately 74 ft. to 80 ft.); Approximate # of dwelling units = 84; Approximate floor area = 100,000 sq. ft.; *(Note: commercial floor-to-floor heights are greater than residential floor heights, which explains the larger number of residential floors)
- Building B: Change from office & ground-floor retail to residential/ retail building; change from 3 commercial floors to 4 floors on smaller footprint (3 residential, 1 commercial); increase in building height by approximately 3 ft. (from approximately 38 ft. to 41 ft.); Approximate # of dwelling units = 28; Approximate floor area = 45,000 sq. ft.;
- Building C: Increase in the allowable tower floor plate size from 13,500 to 15,000 square feet per floor. This would allow for slightly larger and reconfigured bedrooms and smaller balconies. Increase in ground-floor commercial space, on the western end of the podium, by 8,600 square feet. Total floor area increase (Building C only): 19,100 sq. ft.;
- Building D & E: No additional changes, other than minor exterior architectural design changes noted above;
Underground Parking: Ability to have up to three partial underground parking levels (below Buildings A and B), instead of two underground levels. This would not change the number of required parking spaces.
Landscaping: Proposed changes to the rooftop landscaping: switch landscaping from roof of Building E to Buildings A and B; relocation of podium-level landscaping on Building C.
Signs: One additional pylon (ground) sign, for a total of two signs, to be located on opposite sides of the main driveway ("Supreme Court").
The proposal will be reviewed by the Halifax and West Community Council on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at 6:00pm, at which time Council will be in a position to give First Reading and set a date for public hearing. A link to the staff report can be found here.
Documents Submitted for Evaluation
The applicant has submitted plans and studies required by HRM staff to properly evaluate the application. The documents are also available for review at the Planning Applications office in Downtown Dartmouth.