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 three-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 application and will prepare a staff report and recommendation for Halifax and West Community Council. Prior to Community Council’s consideration of the proposal, public consultation and a public hearing must be held, followed by a recommendation from the Halifax Peninsula Planning Advisory Committee and Heritage Advisory Committee.
The application is currently being reviewed for completeness. Once the application is complete, Planning staff will review the application with various municipal departments. Information regarding public consultation process will be available here as it becomes available. Please monitor this website for further details.
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 Regional Council.