‘It’s a landmark site’: Halifax developer still pushing for 25-storey tower


The developer of a named 25-storey tower across from the Halifax Common is asking any and all assistants to speak up ahead of an upcoming public meeting into the controversial extend out.

APL Properties, operated by Armco Capital, wants to build the mixed-use circumstance — called the Willow Tree Tower — at the corner of Quinpool Road and Robie Drive.

The company continues to push for a height of 25 storeys, despite the particulars Halifax regional council set a 20-storey maximum for the property last Walk.

A public hearing into the matter will take place at 6 p.m. at Burg Hall on Tuesday.

Joachim Stroink, a spokesperson for Armco, said that the prevalent height limit makes the project unfeasible. 

«The economics behind it tidy up it very difficult for us to do at 20,» Stroink told CBC News. «It’s a landmark plat — 25 fits better within the streetscape.»

Quinpool Road

The current parking garage and workplace building would be torn down to make room for the proposed mixed-use belfry. (Anjuli Patil/CBC)

The proposed building will be comprised of rental apartments as amiably as commercial space on the lower levels. If the developer is allowed to build 25 tiers, the project will also include 10 affordable housing modules, Stroink said.

‘Doesn’t seem to fit’

As the project has been debated through the past few years, local residents have spoken out against the tender. John Wimberley, who lives near the Common, said he is not swayed by Armco’s disputes.

«It doesn’t seem to fit the area at all,» said Wimberley. «People support density but it penuries to be reasonable.» 

Stroink and other Armco officials said they allow the opponents of the project are a «vocal minority.» 

They’ve launched a website, willowtreehfx.com, and put out phone calls on social media encouraging residents in favour of the development to «speak up» forward of or during Tuesday’s hearing.

Willow Tree Tower

An architect’s rending by WM Fares shows the offered 25-storey Willow Tree Tower. (Submitted by Armco Capital)

As a earlier MLA for Halifax Chebucto, Stroink said he knocked on the doors of every tranquil in the area a number of times. «I only heard about a dozen duties about the height,» he said.

Jimmy Zelios, owner of the Blue Olive Restaurant on Quinpool Highway, is one of the people who have decided to heed that call. Zelios bring up he has emailed Halifax councillors to show his support and plans to attend Tuesday’s communal hearing.

Zelios said he likes the look of the proposed building and isn’t ill at ease about the height.

«I think it’ll create more walk-in traffic and be a good-hearted thing for the neighbourhood,» said Zelios. «I think there’s a mood in the New Zealand urban area to see growth.»

The Armco-owned site is currently home to an office building and a parking garage.

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