Recently the city of Halifax announced their plan to begin construction on a development called “The Argyle and Grafton shared Streetscape Project,” which will transform the city starting on Argyle Street between Blowers and Prince, and continuing along Grafton Street between Prince and Carmichael.
The project will attempt to invigorate Halifax’s downtown core, and create a more aesthetic space surrounding the new Halifax Convention Centre. Colorful walkways, suspended street lanterns, wider sidewalks and better parking meters are just a few of the features illustrated in the City of Halifax’s animated Youtube video advertising for the project.
Business owners in this specific area of the city have expressed their displeasure over the invasive Convention Centre construction process, as the drawn out ordeal has pushed potential customers away from the region. The development required to create The Argyle and Grafton Streetscape Project will doubtlessly cause more disturbances downtown over the projected 17-week construction period, which is scheduled to being this June.
The city has released a disclaimer, stating that “it can be difficult to accurately predict the duration of construction due to various factors,” and promises to “maintain open lines of communication with stakeholders regarding any schedule adjustments” once the project gets underway.