Clusterfuck continues on Market Street

Construction company appears confused by bylaws

DANIEL MACDONALD
DANIEL MACDONALD

Spoke too soon, it seems.

Yesterday’s announcement that Market Street would close for two weeks to accommodate Nova Centre construction caught the public, and the street’s businesses, by surprise. But it appeared a compromise had been reached late yesterday that would allow pedestrian access to Inkwell Boutique and Applehead Studios.

Then EllisDon Construction had to go frig shit up all over again.

Inkwell owner Andrea Rahal found the street already shut down today, despite permits only allowing Argyle Developments and EllisDon to move in their gargantuan construction crane starting Tuesday morning.

City officials say the closure today was only planned for “ten minutes” or so, but the length of the shutdown doesn’t change its legality.

“That doesn’t matter,” says Halifax spokesperson Jennifer Stairs. “You can’t close it without our permission.”

Argyle Developments has already failed to give proper notice to the affected businesses about next week’s street-takeover, which they are legally required to do. Yesterday, Rahal told The Coast that agents for the developer had apologized and blamed the mix-up on construction moving “too quickly.”

Jennifer Stairs rightfully praised Rahal for getting photos and alerting everyone to these infractions, but that’s not much comfort to the business owner who’s been left frazzled by the lack of communication.

“I don't believe anything anyone says anymore,” she says. “I'm starting to think nobody knows how to pick up the phone anymore.”

Calls to the Halifax office of EllisDon went unanswered.

Inkwell will be open regular hours this Saturday and Sunday if you want to show them some love before Rahal takes a much-deserved day off on Monday.

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