A new convention centre for downtown Halifax is the top priority for members of the Downtown Halifax Business Commission, according to a new survey.

The commission conducted its bi-annual membership survey last month through Thinkwell Research and it shows 31 per cent see a new convention centre as priority No. 1 for downtown Halifax.

There were six possible choices in the survey, which asked respondents, “If HRM were to commit more funds to the downtown, what should be their top priority?”

Streetscaping on Barrington Street came second at 25 per cent, followed by incentives for residential development (15 per cent), incentives for restoration of heritage buildings (11 per cent), new performing arts centre (11 per cent) and streetscaping on Argyle Street (two per cent).

The commission’s membership is made up of 1,800 landlords, businesses and retailers. The poll’s margin of error is 4.1 percentage points.

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