Spring Garden + Queen Public Lands Plan

Project Details


City of Halifax, Province of Nova Scotia


Halifax, Nova Scotia






Urban Strategies Inc.

Project Overview

Halifax Regional Municipality, in partnership with the Province of Nova Scotia, contracted EDM to develop a land use plan for 18 acres of publicly owned lands including the Halifax Memorial Library, the Provincial Law Court, the former Halifax Infirmary Hospital, and municipal parking lots on Clyde Street.

The demolition of the Halifax Infirmary created both a challenge and an opportunity in this area. The ability to comprehensively redevelop the area offered an unparalleled opportunity to strengthen the positive features while addressing long-standing needs. Key development opportunities considered in the study included:

  • Proposed Halifax Central Library
  • Expansion of Dalhousie University
  • Consolidated Provincial Justice Centre
  • Re-use of Spring Garden Memorial Library
  • Commercial, Residential and Mixed Uses
  • Other Potential Land Uses and Parking

EDM managed all elements of the project including one of the most successful public participation programs ever undertaken in HRM. Two weeks of public design charrettes and two public presentations of concept plans engaged more than 500 people in the project. The project resulted in the selection of an area development concept endorsed by a wide range of stakeholders. EDM prepared recommendations for municipal plan and zoning amendments to facilitate implementation of the concept.

As of 2017, a number of key parts of the plan have been implemented, including the construction of the renowned Halifax Central Library (designed by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects), two mixed-use buildings and an expansion of Dalhousie University’s Sexton Campus.

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