City plans to ren­o­vate Grand Pa­rade in Hal­i­fax

Pro­ject es­ti­mated to cost $3.6 mil­lion

Cape Breton Post - - NEWS - BY STEPHANIE TAY­LOR

Hal­i­fax Re­gional Mu­nic­i­pal­ity is con­sid­er­ing spend­ing mil­lions on ren­o­va­tions to Grand Pa­rade

Ren­o­va­tions on the his­toric Grand Pa­rade square in the heart of down­town Hal­i­fax could be­gin as soon as next year for a cost up­wards of $3.6 mil­lion in re­pairs.

Re­cently, the mu­nic­i­pal­ity is­sued a ten­der to hire a con­sul­tant to de­velop a re­cap­i­tal­iza­tion plan for the square, which Coun. Waye Ma­son says will out­line a phased ap­proach to the restora­tions, as well as also eval­u­ate how well the space it­self is con­fig­ured.

“It’s our Young (and) Dun­das. It’s our Times Square,” Ma­son said Fri­day.

Be­sides its his­tor­i­cal roots, Ma­son ex­plained the site also serves as an im­por­tant event plaza and cen­tral gath­er­ing place for thou­sands in the city, both tourists and lo­cals alike.

“There’s some parts of it that are des­per­ately in need of re­pair,” he said.

Plans to re­cap­i­tal­ize the square be­gan with HRM By De­sign and are con­nected to the on­go­ing mod­ern­iza­tion of city hall, Ma­son said, adding it of­fers a more holis­tic vi­sion for the site, com­pared to one-off ren­o­va­tions.

Pro­posed costs for restora­tions are out­lined in a 2014 cap­i­tal plan and con­di­tion as­sess­ment com­pleted by Cap­i­tal Man­age­ment En­gi­neer­ing Lim­ited.

The re­port an­tic­i­pates the scope of work and in­vest­ment needed to main­tain the site for the next 25 years, which to­tals around $3.625.663 mil­lion for ma­jor ren­o­va­tions, plus another $50,000 for on­go­ing main­te­nance.

The 71-page re­port de­tails the life­span and con­di­tion of each piece of in­fra­struc­ture in the square, from the me­tal rail­ings and gran­ite walls along Ar­gyle and Bar­ring­ton Streets, to light fix­tures, walk­ways and mon­u­ments in the site.

The costli­est re­pair listed is restor­ing the badly de­te­ri­o­rat­ing 172-year-old perime­ter of rub­ble iron­stone wall and rail­ing around St.Paul’s Angli­can Church for an es­ti­mated $3 mil­lion.

How­ever, the re­port points out the need for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion into that spe­cific work.

Other es­ti­mated costs in­clude $186,890 for restor­ing the me­tal rail­ings along Bar­ring­ton and Ar­gyle Streets, which the re­port says are due for re­place­ment in 2016.

METRO

Hal­i­fax Re­gional Mu­nic­i­pal­ity is con­sid­er­ing spend­ing mil­lions on ren­o­va­tions to Grand Pa­rade

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