The following is a joint statement by the Africville Heritage Trust, the Halifax Port Authority and the Halifax Regional Municipality:
Following interest expressed by the Africville Heritage Trust regarding property adjacent to the Africville Museum, the Halifax Port Authority has proposed a land exchange with the Halifax Regional Municipality in the area of Fairview Cove near historic Africville.
The municipality’s African Nova Scotian Affairs Integration Office (ANSAIO) is playing an integral role in supporting discussions that keep historic Africville, the Africville Museum, and Africville Park at the forefront of consideration.
Should the proposed land exchanges proceed – involving the Africville Heritage Trust, the Halifax Port Authority and the Halifax Regional Municipality – the municipality will first engage in stakeholder and community consultation to inform any decisions regarding potential future uses of these lands. The lands being discussed include the Halifax Port Authority’s new landmass (which includes existing and future infill lands), the expanded Africville Heritage Trust lands and the municipal land intended to be transferred to the Halifax Port Authority (see map below).
Halifax Regional Council has asked staff to return with a recommendation report regarding next steps. The report is anticipated to be presented in the latter half of 2021. Any recommended transactions are subject to approval by Halifax Regional Council.
It is too soon to speak to potential future uses of the area as further planning and research must be completed prior to engaging in any community consultation. Information will be shared, as it becomes available.