Case 22115 - 2438 Gottingen Street, Halifax


The application was approved following the public hearing on August 24, 2021.


Application by Fathom Studio, on behalf of Joseph Arab, to enter into a Development Agreement at 2438 Gottingen Street, Halifax, to allow a 13 storey residential building.


The applicant has requested to enter into a Development Agreement with the municipality for the subject property which is a registered heritage property and currently contains a three storey building known as Victoria Hall. The requested Development Agreement would permit the construction of a 13 storey residential building on the property, while preserving and restoring the heritage building. The major aspects of the proposal are as follows:
•    A 13 storey residential building containing up to 130 units
•    Two levels of underground parking
•    Major rehabilitation of Victoria Hall
The plans provided below outline the proposal in detail, including information related to building design and the heritage, traffic, wind and shadow impacts of the proposed development. The proposal has undergone several design changes since the initial application, including a reduction in overall height from 19 to 13 storeys.


The application will be considered under the Development Agreement with PAC and HAC Process


The application was approved following the public hearing on August 24,  2021

On June 23, 2021, the Heritage Advisory Committee considered the details of the development agreement and provided a positive recommendation to Halifax and West Community Council.

View the staff report. If you have questions about how to access the staff report please e-mail the Municipal Clerks Office at or call 902.490.4210. To arrange for a paper copy of application materials to be sent to you by mail if the internet is unavailable to you, contact the planner.

View staff recommendation report and other plans and materials submitted by the Applicant on-line (scroll down to Case 22115).

A separate application that is required to undertake necessary changes to the heritage building (known as a “substantial alteration” under the Heritage Property Act) was approved on March 7, 2021 following several design changes that were requested by Regional Council, including a reduction in the proposed height of the new building from 16 to 13 storeys.

On October 24, 2019 a public open house was held for this application at the Halifax North Memorial Library. Feedback was received from the 22 residents in attendance.  The proposal was then considered at a special meeting of the Halifax Peninsula Planning Advisory Committee on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 where it received a positive recommendation. 

Documents Submitted for Evaluation

The applicant has submitted plans and studies required by municipal staff to properly evaluate the application. The documents are also available for review, by appointment, at the Planning Applications Office at 40 Alderney Drive, Dartmouth.

Contact Information

For further information, please contact:

Aaron Murnaghan

Principal Planner, Heritage

Heritage & Urban Design

Telephone: 902.292.2470

Mailing Address

HRM Planning and Development

Heritage & Urban Design

PO Box: 1749,


Nova Scotia,

B3J 3A5

Attention: Aaron Murnaghan