The Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia is “disappointed” with Halifax regional council’s decision to demolish most of the 19th-century Macara-Barnstead building on Granville Street in the city’s downtown.
Council voted Tuesday to move forward with a proposal submitted by TDB Halifax Holdings Ltd. for the “substantial alteration” of the registered heritage property, which sits behind the TD bank tower on Barrington Street.
Phil Pacey, the trust’s HRM committee chairman, said that isn’t the decision he was looking for.
“It’s a building that has served Halifax for 186 years. It’s in good shape, and could serve Halifax for another 186 years in its entirety,” he said after the vote.
He said no public hearings were held or will be held, as only those who own property in Halifax’s downtown can appeal.
The facade of the building will be retained, restored and incorporated into a revitalized streetscape, but most of the building will be demolished to add three storeys to the 18-storey bank tower.
Most councillors were in support of the proposal.