As Haligonians are well aware, this city feels like it’s always under construction. Whether you’re navigating Macdonald Bridge closures or walking on the road to avoid scaffolding, the cities constant evolution is impossible to ignore.
We put together a list of incredible projects that are starting or finishing all across Halifax this year that everyone is the HRM will get to enjoy. So next time you’re cursing traffic on Spring Garden, try to remember how awesome these new developments will be once they’re complete!
New Discovery Centre
After announcing in 2010 that they would be expanding, the brand new Halifax Discovery Centre is expected to open their doors to eager visitors this February 2017. The newly renovated 40,000 square foot facility will be located in the Nova Scotia Power building on 1215 Lower Water Street., and will be home to a massive immersive Dome Theatre and an Innovation Lab for guests to observe – be sure to drop by and check it out next month after the grand opening!
Halifax Nova Centre opens
After numerous delays, it has been announced that the $164-milliond office complex and convention centre will finally be finished construction at the end of 2017. Originally scheduled to open in January of 2016, The Halifax Nova Centre will be used to host international conferences and events, and will also serve as a home to numerous local businesses. You’ve likely seen this massive glass structure downtown: designed by IBI Architects Atlantic, the construction process has lead to numerous complaints from local shopkeepers in the area, who are in the process of filing a law suit against all parties involved with the Center’s creation.
Construction on this massive Queen’s Landing development will being sometime early this year, bringing a huge change to the face of Halifax’s waterfront. The 450,000-square-foot structure will be built in a modern style by local firms Armour Group and the Waterfront Development Corporation. The Queen’s Marque will house luxury apartments, hotels, shop fronts and condos, while placing a high priority on using materials and inspiration derived from Atlantic Canadian culture.
Macdonald Bridge Construction
Since early 2015 the Macdonald Bridge has under construction, leaving many Haligonians confused about closure times and unable to get between Halifax and Dartmouth easily by car. Fortunately for everyone “The Big Lift” as the project has been called is projected to be complete by the end of 2017. Over the past year construction crews have worked tirelessly to replace bridge deck panels along the bridge at times that least inconvenience commuters – and soon their hard work will pay off!
IKEA in Dartmouth
Nova Scotians all over the province were thrilled to learn that popular Swedish furniture company IKEA will be opening one of their most sustainable locations at Dartmouth Crossing later this year. The 330,000-square-foot store is currently under construction, and should be ready by the fall, when they will employee 300 Nova Scotians to assist with what will likely be a huge demand!
New Dalhousie Fitness Centre
Present and future Dalhousie students will be pleased to hear that in alignment with the University’s 200th Anniversary a new Fitness Centre will be constructed beside the current Dalplex. The bright, modern structure began forming this past summer of 2016 to be ready in time for a 2018 debut. This will be the first renovation to Dalhousie’s fitness facility in over 30 years, and many students and faculty are very much looking forward to checking it out!
Free admission to Citadel Hill
As we head into the year that marks Canada’s 150th anniversary of confederation, to celebrate the Canadian government has awarded free visitation to all National Historic Sites across the country – including Halifax’s own Citadel Hill! Sign up for a free discovery pass online here and go for a complimentary tour of historic Fort George next time a friend is visiting town.