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Plan shows new public area with vendors, seating on Halifax waterfront

Waterfront Development is asking for proposals from vendors wanting to operate in the new space, which is set to open this June.

A rendering of the planned vendor area by Waterfront Development


A rendering of the planned vendor area by Waterfront Development

New plans show an updated vendor space, seating, entertainment area, and more for the Halifax waterfront next spring.

According to a release, Waterfront Development put out a request for proposals on Friday for those interested in vendor opportunities in the new location, which includes 12 existing buildings and 10 sites for new ones. Licenses are for five years.

The old vendor space stretched from the ferry terminal to the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, and included kiosks for Beavertails, ice cream and tourist attractions.

That area is being replaced by the upcoming Queen's Marque development project. Public engagement sessions around the development helped “shape the vision” for the new seasonal vendor space, the release said.

The new vendor space is located just south of The Wave between Sackville and Salter streets, along the Halifax Harbourwalk. The 20,000 square feet of public space includes the Sands at Salter, an 8,000 square-foot event area with seating for more than 250 people, and a stage for performances and festivals.

"The focus is, first, on creating a place where locals want to be, and, then, welcoming visitors to experience authentic Nova Scotia at its best,” Jennifer Angel, acting president and CEO  of Waterfront Development, said in a release.

Public washrooms, including two accessible washrooms, new seating, lighting and landscaping are also planned.

Seasonal vendors are expected open mid-June with a grand opening planned, the release said, but in the meantime opportunities for market-style vending in the new location will be available this winter.

The request for proposals is available on the Nova Scotia Tenders website. One for waterfront marine businesses opportunities is also available online. Both close Jan. 17, 2017.  

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