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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Landmark to be razed

Halifax council Tuesday gave approval for the construction of a 10-storey apartment building on the site of the distinctive Victorian Hotel at Morris and Hollis Streets.

Posted By on Thu, Sep 17, 2009 at 4:00 AM

The building dates back to the mid-19th century, but has long been in disrepair. While many councillors mourned the loss of the structure, none argued that it was salvageable.

Two other buildings on the site, which will also be razed, have historic interest---most notably the 1790s-era Charles Morris building, constructed as the home for the man who had earlier laid out the streets for the future city of Halifax.

The developer of the new building, Louis Lawen, says he expects construction cranes on site before the end of the year.

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