Halifax residents will soon see a new 10-storey building adorned with red-tinted glass balconies at the corner of Hollis and Morris Streets.

City councillors gave their nods of approval to the new building that will house both commercial and residential space Tuesday evening after a lengthy public hearing.

Heritage and heights were once again at the forefront of debate over the development. Outspoken South Street resident Beverly Miller requested “Council not approve this development without significant changes,” emphasizing the historical value of buildings on the property where city surveyor Charles Morris once had a business.


She also pointed out “the huge environmental impact of taking an entire block of buildings (and) putting them in the landfill.”

But Hollis Street resident Ezra Edelstein said “it’s kind of bizarre that we have this infatuation with trying to preserve these buildings that, regardless of what we do, will fall down.”

Developer Louis Lawen said he’s trying to do the best job he can for the city, adding he'd like to put a piece of public art outside the building dedicated to Morris.

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