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[Dartmouth] Moffats Pharmacy (186 Portland) | 26 m | 7 fl | Proposed

I'm not sure if this project has been mentioned. It's a redevelopment of the Moffats Pharmacy building on Portland Street. Phase I is an addition to the existing building and Phase II is shown as a taller new building to the west.

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That's quite unique looking. Interesting find. They have a bunch of other projects on there including a Waverley Inn expansion.
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The larger building seems positively unique. I like how their projects build around what’s already on site, making use of empty space while safeguarding the existing structure.
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I'm not sure if this project has been mentioned. It's a redevelopment of the Moffats Pharmacy building on Portland Street. Phase I is an addition to the existing building and Phase II is shown as a taller new building to the west.

https://www.zzap.ca/moffatsdartmouth
Great proposal. This is one where the design is unique and impressive.
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Great proposal. This is one where the design is unique and impressive.
I was impressed by those little Inglis Street infill buildings, and ZZAP's website has a bunch more interesting stuff. Good to see a major local architectural firm that's unabashedly contemporary and concerned with context and heritage.

I think their designs are maybe a notch or two below truly excellent, but they're a positive addition to the development mix, for sure.
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I was impressed by those little Inglis Street infill buildings, and ZZAP's website has a bunch more interesting stuff. Good to see a major local architectural firm that's unabashedly contemporary and concerned with context and heritage.

I think their designs are maybe a notch or two below truly excellent, but they're a positive addition to the development mix, for sure.
Part of what stands out to me is that these are the kind of smaller infill projects that in the past would have been very hit or miss in Halifax. The South End is littered with much worse versions of that Inglis project.

The Waverley Inn and Dartmouth projects are interesting visions of what those areas could be like with a bit more growth and investment. The Thompson and Waverley Inn are both decent but there is a gap between them that ruins the rhythm of the street and they don't relate well to each other. There is a similar problem one block north with O'Brien Hall and the brick houses. O'Brien Hall isn't necessarily that bad but its setback interacts poorly with the strange surface parking and garbage area fronting onto Barrington and the blank wall of the Victorian next door. It looks like somebody did some kind of architectural hatchet job on what was perhaps a duplex? The completely generic picnic tables are icing on the cake. It would look way better with outdoor seating/tables designed in the style of the building.

The 50's gymnasium building on the other hand is quite good. Interesting modern architecture, nice landscaping, elegant interface with the Victorian next door. Nothing wrong with that.

This whole stretch needs underground utilities too. Even St. Matthew's has a line running to it across Barrington. This has practical implications for accessibility and pedestrian friendliness. Look at Barrington and Bishop where there's about 1 m between the stoops of the houses and some of those utility poles.
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I like it! I recall having seen this proposal before, and this is one of the projects I was referring to in the King's Wharf thread that will help lift the downtown Dartmouth area to a much higher level in years to come.
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I only realized yesterday that Moffat's also has a location in Halifax on Gladstone St near the corner of Almon.
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Moffat's as it looked in the 1960s:


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Their delivery car parked next door:


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I think it looked better in Ye Olde days than it does now:

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I think it looked better in Ye Olde days than it does now:
I’ve never been a big fan of most faux stone either. At least the logo adds a nice touch.
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I think it looked better in Ye Olde days than it does now:
I agree. Renovations have not been kind to that facade.
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Design Advisory Committee will be reviewing this project next week;

Level II Site Plan for 186-190 Portland Street, Dartmouth
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Design Advisory Committee will be reviewing this project next week;

Level II Site Plan for 186-190 Portland Street, Dartmouth
And just for greater clarity, this is just Phase 1, which will replace the existing Moffatt's pharmacy building. It will be just to the east of the existing building and will occupy the site of the current parking lot and recently-vacated vacuum repair shop/dwelling next door.


The proposed tower on the corner of Canal and Portland will be Phase 2 and will require demolition of the current pharmacy building.

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