Spring Garden Road is anticipating streetscaping improvements in the Summer of 2020. Leading up to that project, the Municipality is testing a pilot sidewalk “stoplet” in the Summer of 2018 on the north side of Spring Garden Road between Dresden Row and Birmingham Street. The Association is working closely with Municipality staff to ensure the best possible outcome for the streetscaping project. We are collecting data around how visitors, employees, and business owners use the street to better understand and advocate for their interests leading up to the project.
Cogswell Interchange Development Project
SGABA is one of the many organizations who stand behind a review of the proposed Cogswell Interchange Development project. SGABA knows that the redevelopment of the Cogswell Interchange is vital to the success of the downtown core and is committed to ensuring the correct steps are taken and create a vibrant city that does not repeat the mistakes of the past.
LACK of WHOLISTIC VISION and PLANNING
The Downtown Halifax planning strategy, HRM by Design, and other documents point to a cohesive vision of the urban core. However, many large planning projects, public and private, seem to be happening in isolation of this larger vision. Sometimes they conflict. Cogswell, because it is such a large and visible project, rather than continue in isolation, should be a catalyst to create a common vision, which would set the parameters for all planning projects. In its current form, the Cogswell District plan does not do this.
HRM’s “Moving Forward Together” plan is an operational strategy that does not contain a long-term vision for transit in our city. It continues to send many, many empty buses along our most successful retail streets (Spring Garden, Barrington, Gottingen), and lacks any sort of attention to how transit moves people around within the urban core (as opposed to in and out for the purposes of a work commute). SGABA does not believe that the Cogswell District Plan adequately addresses this concern, and the plan should not move forward until a consensus has been reached that outlines the future of transportation in the region to 2050.
Truck traffic, particularly from the port, is an ongoing limitation to the vibrancy of downtown, particularly regarding its impact on the waterfront area, which is Nova Scotia’s #1 visited tourist destination. We know that there are other challenges relating to heavy traffic for commuters, deliveries, construction, etc. but port truck traffic is an ongoing daily issue. The Port is undertaking a master plan and seeking federal funding for proposed port changes, which could involve using the CN-owned rail cut, or even moving the port. The current Cogswell plan accommodates current conditions, with seeming no consideration to how those conditions could (and should) change.
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