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Halifax regional council approves significant addition to heritage building

The municipality’s Heritage Advisory Committee couldn’t make a decision on the addition to the Benjamin Wier House at 1459 Hollis Street last September.

A rendering showing the addition to the Benjamin Wier House on Hollis Street.

Contributed/WM Fares

A rendering showing the addition to the Benjamin Wier House on Hollis Street.

Halifax regional council approved a significant addition to a downtown heritage building on Tuesday.

The municipality’s Heritage Advisory Committee couldn’t come to a decision on the addition to the historic Benjamin Wier House at 1459 Hollis Street last September. Municipal staff wrote that the project failed to meet six of 12 standards for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada, but recommended the project anyway. The municipality’s Design Review Committee approved the project as well.

The addition is a six-storey, mixed-use commercial and residential structure cutting off a small addition in the back of the building made in the late 1800s, and cantilevering over the back of the existing two and a half storey, four-unit commercial building.

The proposal from WM Fares Group said the completed project would look like two separate structures from the street, but would be joined in the middle, with a passageway through the heritage building into the addition. Two dormers in the back would have to be removed, along with the 1800s addition and some balconies.

Council voted 16-1 in favour of the development, with only Coun. Steve Streatch voting against it.

“I looked at that picture, and I didn’t like it,” he said.

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