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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Dishonesty on Waterside Centre

Posted By on Tue, Nov 4, 2008 at 6:42 AM

Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but dishonesty is another thing entirely. From this morning's Chronicle-Herald:

Premier Rodney MacDonald said he’s disappointed that an old wooden building on Upper Water Street was levelled over the weekend."Whenever you see a piece of our heritage going by the wayside, that’s not a good thing," the premier told reporters at the legislature Monday.
Of course, the very same Rodney MacDonald two weeks ago said he wanted to override the Halifax council's rejection of the Waterside Centre development application. That application was dependant upon tearing down the Sweet Basil building--- Waterside could not have been built without tearing down Sweet Basil.MacDonald can't have it both ways; he either supported tearing down Sweet Basil or he didn't. It's dishonest to claim otherwise.And, I've been meaning to point this mistaken description from the Chronicle-Herald for sometime:
Waterside Centre would unify four adjacent historic buildings and two empty lots and add a six-storey glass office tower above them.
That's about the sixth or seventh time I've seen the same description of the Waterside project in the paper, but it's completely wrong. The four remaining buildings will not be "connected"--- they'll be torn down, completely. The facades of the buildings will either be kept standing or rebuilt, but in any meaningful sense the buildings themselves will be torn down completely. Then a new building will be built in their stead, from the ground up. And that building won't be six storeys, but rather nine. (There's a complete description of the project here.)Suggesting that the four other buildings will be left standing, connected, and a new six storey structure built above the existing buildings is a nice pro-development framing, but it's not, you know, true.

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