After months of consulting residents across the province, the design team behind the Nova Centre unveiled a new blueprint for the downtown megaproject at Pier 21 on Wednesday night.
The project which includes the new convention centre borders Prince, Market, Sackville and Argyle streets and promises to be more pedestrian friendly and inline with the current architectural theme of the city.
The initial plan that’s since been scrapped, after the consultation process began in July, would have seen a giant glass encased ballroom form a superblock by crossing Grafton Street.
Now the 80,000 square foot space that will fit anywhere from 2,000 to 2,500 people has been moved up 25 feet. It would stretch from Grafton extending to Argyle.
Wednesday’s public input session was another opportunity for residents to have their voice heard on the project design.
Most of the 150 people who attended the meeting expressed concerns about maintaining the vibrancy of Argyle Street and minimizing the project’s intrusiveness on the traditional architecture in the downtown core.
The final design plan is scheduled to be unveiled Dec. 7. — Metro Halifax