A new office building and residential complex for seniors received the green light from Nova Scotia’s Utility and Review Board yesterday.

A proposal for the eight-storey, 15,000-square-foot structure was submitted to the Halifax Regional Municipality last spring by several Halifax-based Anglican Church bodies. Church officials said they wanted to make better use of the lands north of All Saints Cathedral near the corner of College and Martello streets.

The city’s development officer rejected the proposal, saying that the 150-bed nursing home component on the upper floors did not fit with the Park and Institutional zoning permit issued for the lot.

That decision has now been overturned by the URB, which ruled that the proposed building could be categorized as an institutional property. The Anglican Church will maintain ownership of the land, but will sign a land lease with Shannex Inc., a Nova Scotia-based company specializing in seniors’ complexes.