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Old Posted Apr 1, 2019, 9:47 PM
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Restoration work is progressing on the Durty Nellys building.

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Old Posted Apr 9, 2019, 10:08 PM
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This one has changed names. It's now Tell Lofts. I'm guessing there were some naming right issues with Bell.

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Old Posted Apr 9, 2019, 10:10 PM
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Restoration work is progressing on the Durty Nellys building.

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What is the scope of the restoration being done on it?
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Old Posted Apr 10, 2019, 2:28 PM
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What is the scope of the restoration being done on it?
I think they are removing the gold paint added to the stainless or aluminum parts. I'm not sure if the metal panels surrounding the windows are being stripped of paint or not. If this link still works, you can see it here in its original form. One of the losses that we will probably not see restored back is the extruded aluminum "screening", really some subtantial decorative aluminum panels, that were in front of the windows on the Sackville St side at sidewalk level.

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Old Posted Apr 10, 2019, 3:11 PM
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Thanks Keith, that should improve the appearance greatly. It's a neat building but was starting to look a little shabby.

I know the aluminum screening you are talking about. Here's a glimpse of it in a photo from the Halifax Municipal Archives taken during sidewalk replacement in the late 1960s:





Also, it's been on here before but I would be remiss if I didn't mention Ziobrop's blog post on the building:
https://halifaxbloggers.ca/builthali...nent-building/
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Old Posted Apr 11, 2019, 4:12 PM
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It looks like the black panels below the windows are either being replaced or repainted. Hopefully some lighting will come with the restoration too.
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-...rret-1.5095488

I mostly knew it as the Bean Sprout Building, and never really caught on to calling it the Khyber. The Turret makes sense as a name.
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The Garden View on Main St now had a for sale sign on it and windows boarded up
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Old Posted Apr 12, 2019, 7:26 PM
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I mostly knew it as the Bean Sprout Building, and never really caught on to calling it the Khyber. The Turret makes sense as a name.
All they need is a few million dollars. Good luck with that.
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Old Posted Apr 12, 2019, 7:35 PM
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2172 Gottingen Street has been demolished; Google Street View

Around the corner at 5457 Cornwallis Street there is an "Add to Institutional Building" construction permit issued and site work has commenced. It appears to the be the start of HRM Case #H00453.

Add in the construction underway at 2165 Gottingen and The Velo II, new retail at Velo and the new transit lane, Gottingen Street Commercial Corridor is quite the hive of activity.
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Old Posted Apr 12, 2019, 10:12 PM
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New signage on Argyle

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Old Posted Apr 13, 2019, 12:15 AM
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What's that all about? Surely not wayfinding, it is barely readable. Just more prettification without purpose?
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Old Posted Apr 13, 2019, 2:49 AM
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My guess is that they light up and would be way more readable at night
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Latest rendering for the as yet un-renamed WTCC. Source: TheStar Halifax

As others will have seen in the Star, HRM's design review committee this week approved plans for the renovation of the former WTCC on Argyle Street. As discussed in this thread back in January, Passport Canada will occupy the ground floor of the building. There's no doubt for them and their clients this will be much more accessible than their current location on the 15th floor of the Maritime Centre. But it is such a lost opportunity to transform that block, connecting the commercial, hospitality and entertainment spaces on the rest of Argyle Street with Scotia Square. (Lost for at least ten years, because that's the lease Passport Canada is signing.)

You may recall that back in January, Harvey Architecture made its preliminary approach to the design review committee, proposing a new streetwall along Argyle that would feature six commercial units totalling 10,000 square feet. Designer Steven Addison said they hoped the city would continue its transformation of Argyle from Prince Street down to Duke so that there'd be room for more lovely patios for the many patrons of those businesses. But that vision's long gone.

According to the recent Star story, the committee didn't like Armco's plan to lower the floor at the north end of the structure, which is now at grade at the corner of Duke and Argyle. Apparently Passport Canada insists on their space being on one level. Armco apparently said they wold not proceed with the exterior improvements without that and the committee went along. I rarely agree with Tim Bousquet but find it hard to discount his view that George Armoyan plays the municipality "like a fiddle".

The pedway that links Scotia Square with Scotiabank Centre (but no further, god forbid) will remain but will retreat further into the interior of the building.

The existing structure:


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Old Posted Apr 13, 2019, 1:38 PM
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When planning theory crashes head-on into economic and market reality, those in the planning vehicle seldom come out on top.
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I've said it in the past that this strip had great potential to continue the Argyle Street vibe right to Scotia Square.

It also would have been nice for patrons of the Metro errr... Scotiabank Centre to have an option within the building for dining on something other than popcorn or Subway, especially during bad weather days.

The people benefiting the most from the passport office being located there will be the employees of the office - a big win for them IMHO. For the rest of us it will be a dead wall, especially dead at night when the rest of Argyle comes alive. Most of us will get to see the inside of it every 5 years, while the employees at least will have a great spot to spend their lunch hours on nice days (The Grand Parade), and some nice spots to meet for dinner after work, perhaps.

However, as Keith says, the business case always wins over the planning case, for better or for worse (worse in this case)...
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from the staff presentation about the centre plan

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Old Posted Apr 15, 2019, 3:27 PM
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What's that all about? Surely not wayfinding, it is barely readable. Just more prettification without purpose?
I saw this sign over the weekend - it's some historic information about the area... and hard to read. Transparency isn't great for readability.
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Old Posted Apr 26, 2019, 4:36 PM
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The Nova Scotia Government has finally made a deal with Dexel to redevelop the Dennis Building and parking lot.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-...ment-1.5112138
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The Nova Scotia Government has finally made a deal with Dexel to redevelop the Dennis Building and parking lot.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-...ment-1.5112138
Wooooooo! Good choice on their part. Hopefully Dexel keeps the upper masonry and not just the required granite lower floors.
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