On January 25, 2021, The Halifax Peninsula Planning Advisory Committee (HPPAC) reviewed the applicant’s proposal and recommended that the application be approved (see Status for details). The applicant is currently reviewing input from the public and HPPAC.
An application by ZZap Consulting Inc., on behalf of Eldorado Properties Limited, to enter into a development agreement to construct a two and a half storey, six-unit addition to an existing municipally registered heritage property. The development agreement is being sought in accordance with Policy 6.8 of the Halifax Municipal Planning Strategy.
The Clarke-Halliston House is a two-storey, four-unit residential building located at 1029 South Park Street and 5684, 5686 and 5688 Rhuland Street in Halifax. The house is a municipally registered heritage property constructed in 1895 in the Queen Anne (Free Classical) architectural style. It is valued for its associations with the original owner, Harshaw B. Clarke, lessee and manager of the Academy of Music as well as Robert Pickford, founder of the local commercial firm of Pickford and Black, and the Honorable Robert E. Harris, Chief Justice of Nova Scotia. It is further valued for its association with architects Elliot and Hopkins who designed the building.
The building was altered in 1994 by adding an enclosed staircase tower and exterior decks at each level of the Southeast corner of the building. A new open staircase was also added on the exterior of the east façade at the same time. An application to alter the property by removing and reconstructing the rear wing and enclosed staircase was approved in 2017 but the work was never carried-out. More recently, a building permit application has been received for interior alterations to increase the number of units from four (4) to 10. The permit has not yet been issued.
The Clark-Halliston House is located at the corner of Rhuland Street and South Park Street in Halifax. The building occupies the northern portion of the lot with the southern portion used for parking. The main entrance of the building faces South Park Street with a secondary entrance on Rhuland Street.
The current owner is proposing to construct a two and a half-storey, six-unit addition on the south portion of the property where the parking is currently located. The addition will be joined to the existing building by an enclosed stairway. If approved, the heritage building will be conserved and rehabilitated. The only part of the building that is proposed to be altered is a Stairwell tower constructed in 1994 on the south side of the building.
The application is being considered under Policy 6.8 of the Halifax Municipal Planning Strategy. This policy allows registered heritage properties to be redeveloped to a use or form beyond what is permitted by the underlying zone in order to encourage the rehabilitation and preservation of the heritage building. Any proposals considered under this policy must retain the heritage value of the existing property and must be reasonably consistent with all other relevant municipal planning policies.
View the development agreement application process.
Staff are currently reviewing the development agreement application and will ultimately prepare a recommendation for Community Council to consider. Before Community Council can make any decision about the proposal, a public open house and a public hearing shall be held.
On January 25, 2021, The Halifax Peninsula Planning Advisory Committee (HPPAC) reviewed the applicant’s proposal and recommended that the application be approved. The applicant is currently reviewing input from the public and HPPAC
In order to gain public input on Case 23186, 609 letters were sent to property owners and tenants within proximity of the subject site inviting comments on the applicant’s proposal. Seven submissions were received prior to the deadline: four (4) respondents did not support the proposal; 3 respondents offed mixed support; no respondent fully supported the proposal. View the public engagement summary.
In the coming weeks, the applicant will finalize their proposal and staff will work to advance the planning application to the Heritage Advisory Committee.
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 contacting the planner below. The details of this application may change before consideration or approval by Community Council.