Expression of Interest for Old Infirmary Site

Department of Transportation and Public Works (to Oct. 23 2007)

August 27, 2003 12:40 PM

The province is looking for creative plans to develop a prime
piece of downtown Halifax real estate.

Advertisements for expressions of interest for the development of
the Old Halifax Infirmary site are being placed in newspapers
beginning today, Aug. 27.

"We expect that we'll receive many responses to this expression
of interest, as this is a high profile site in a valuable
commercial area of Halifax," said Transportation and Public Works
Minister Ron Russell. "The development of this site has the
potential to greatly benefit the community."

The expression of interest document asks respondents to prepare a
vision for the site, including: predominant uses, urban design,
and the proposed relationship to the Halifax Municipal Planning
Strategy.

"We want to see creative approaches and a quality development
plan for the Old Infirmary site," said Mr. Russell. "Achieving
the best use of the site is important to the people of Halifax
and to the province."

The Old Halifax Infirmary is in poor condition and cannot be
renovated. Interested parties will be asked to incorporate
demolition and cleanup costs and plans into their development
strategies.

The hospital was closed by the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences
Centre, which conveyed the land to the Department of
Transportation and Public works in 1998. The Department of
Transportation and Public Works manages the site and will oversee
the submission of expressions of interest.

The site is approximately 3.5 acres and has frontage on Queen
Street, Spring Garden Road and Morris Street. It includes a
parking lot now being used by Dalhousie University.

A portion of the site, known as Gerard Hall, is being leased to
Dalhousie University and is not included as a component of the
Expression of Interest. Any new development will need to include
111 parking spaces for the university.

The province is advertising nationally and locally for this
expression of interest. Interested parties are being asked to
make submissions by Oct. 23.

Details of the Expression of Interest are available at:
www.gov.ns.ca/tran/tour/ptns/scanfile/60119082.pdf .


FOR BROADCAST USE:

     The province is looking for creative plans to develop a

prime piece of downtown Halifax real estate.

     It's placing ads asking for expressions of interest for the

development of the Old Halifax Infirmary site.

     Transportation and Public Works Minister Ron Russell says

the site is in a valuable commercial area of Halifax and its

development has the potential to greatly benefit the community.

The province is asking respondents to prepare a vision for

the site that includes its uses, urban design, and its

relationship to the Halifax Municipal Planning Strategy.

     Mr. Russell says achieving the best use of the site is

important to the people of Halifax and to the province.

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Contact: Dan Davis
         Transportation and Public Works
         902-424-8978
         E-mail: davisds@gov.ns.ca



kjd         August 27, 2003         12:39 P.M.