EDM worked with Canada Lands Company (CLC) to determine the redevelopment potential of the former Gladstone Street Stores property in North End Halifax. The 5.8-acre former DND property had historically been the site of an extensive collection of warehouse and administrative buildings dedicated to the storage and management of industrial materials and military ordnance. Similar light industrial and warehouse operations, commercial properties, and a small but attractive residential neighbourhood border the site.
EDM assessed the physical conditions of the site including the surrounding land uses and supporting infrastructure, and studied local market conditions. EDM staff also consulted with abutting property owners and held a public information meeting to hear the hopes and concerns of citizens for development of the property. A particularly important insight from these inquiries was the importance placed by residents on the creation of a compatible transition between the former Stores land and abutting residential areas.
We recommended moving the property from its traditional industrial/warehousing use to a mixture of medium and high-density residential. To achieve this the document outlined necessary amendments to plan policy and zoning taking into account the risks to the client of “downzoning” the property from a liberal commercial zone to more restrictive requirements for residential development.
This strategy was subsequently implemented by CLC, which then sold the property to the Westwood Group of Halifax. As a result, Westwood constructed Gladstone Ridge (designed by Kassner Goodspeed Architects), a major residential development providing a mix of housing types near downtown Halifax.