Development of Former NS Home for Colored Children: An Application by Akoma Holdings Incorporated

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Akoma Holdings Inc. wishes to develop the former Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children (NSHCC) property located along Highway 7 in Westphal to enable a mix of housing, economic and recreational opportunities for the community. Akoma Holding’s immediate focus is renovating the former NSHCC at 18 Wilfred Jackson Way to include a seniors gym, café, salon focused on clients of African descent, and offices, and enabling a seniors housing project adjacent to the former Home. The current zoning of the property does not allow for the proposed uses, so Akoma Holdings is going through a planning process to change the policies and zoning applicable to the NSHCC site.

The file reference number for this application is Case 21875.




Current Status: Staff are preparing a report for Council

Staff compiled all the public feedback and questions received to date and prepared a Q&A document that responds to questions received through the public engagement. Staff are currently working on a report for Council on a portion of the proposed development toward Highway 7 and near Giberson Drive.

An online public information meeting was held on October 21, 2020. At this meeting, HRM planning staff and Akoma Holdings Inc. presented information about the proposal and answered questions from the public. View the video recording of this meeting. A summary of the meeting minutes including responses to most of the questions asked during the meeting is also available.

Municipal planning staff received guidance and advice from the HRM African Nova Scotian Affairs and Integration Office (ANSAIO), African Nova Scotian Affairs Provincial Department (ANSA), Akoma Board, Victims of Institutionalized Child Exploitation Society (VOICES), Nova Scotia Decade for People of African Descent (NSDPAD), and African United Baptist Association of Nova Scotia (AUBA) in an effort to develop an inclusive public engagement program for Akoma Holdings’ proposal. Due to Covid-19 and social distancing requirements, staff may collect feedback online or by phone.

Please note the role of VOICES, NSDPAD, the Akoma Board and the AUBA in the planning process is to help staff share information with the public. The assistance received by these four community groups does not equate their support for the development proposal itself. These groups have not all been part of developing the plans for the subject property. The plans have been submitted by the applicant, Akoma Holdings Incorporated


Have additional questions or feedback on the proposal?

• Contact the municipal planner guiding Akoma’s application through the planning process, Stephanie Salloum, at sallous@halifax.ca or 902-476-2792.

Ask a question or post a comment to the online public forum at the bottom of this page. Staff will check this forum regularly.


Future Public Hearing

Before a decision is made on Akoma’s proposal, there will be another opportunity for the public to provide feedback directly to Regional Council at a public hearing. A public hearing is the final step in the process where Regional Council will make the decision on whether to approve or refuse the proposal. At this meeting, all members of the public can speak directly to these decision makers prior to their debate and decision. No public hearing has been scheduled yet. Updates on the status of the application in the planning process will be posted to this website.


Proposal Details

Akoma Holdings has submitted to HRM these plans and documents in support of their proposal. The following table summarizes what is being proposed in each phase of the development. Akoma Holding’s proposal is being considered through two planning projects, each of which require a decision of Regional Council: (1) Case 21875 focuses on Akoma’s immediate development goals including reuse of the former Home, seniors housing and other uses within a portion of the site along Highway 7 and adjacent to Giberson Drive; and (2) Case 22257 is the second review of the Regional Plan which will consider development of the remaining lands. Staff are currently focused on collecting public feedback for Phases 1-4 of Akoma's proposal.








Akoma Holdings Inc. wishes to develop the former Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children (NSHCC) property located along Highway 7 in Westphal to enable a mix of housing, economic and recreational opportunities for the community. Akoma Holding’s immediate focus is renovating the former NSHCC at 18 Wilfred Jackson Way to include a seniors gym, café, salon focused on clients of African descent, and offices, and enabling a seniors housing project adjacent to the former Home. The current zoning of the property does not allow for the proposed uses, so Akoma Holdings is going through a planning process to change the policies and zoning applicable to the NSHCC site.

The file reference number for this application is Case 21875.




Current Status: Staff are preparing a report for Council

Staff compiled all the public feedback and questions received to date and prepared a Q&A document that responds to questions received through the public engagement. Staff are currently working on a report for Council on a portion of the proposed development toward Highway 7 and near Giberson Drive.

An online public information meeting was held on October 21, 2020. At this meeting, HRM planning staff and Akoma Holdings Inc. presented information about the proposal and answered questions from the public. View the video recording of this meeting. A summary of the meeting minutes including responses to most of the questions asked during the meeting is also available.

Municipal planning staff received guidance and advice from the HRM African Nova Scotian Affairs and Integration Office (ANSAIO), African Nova Scotian Affairs Provincial Department (ANSA), Akoma Board, Victims of Institutionalized Child Exploitation Society (VOICES), Nova Scotia Decade for People of African Descent (NSDPAD), and African United Baptist Association of Nova Scotia (AUBA) in an effort to develop an inclusive public engagement program for Akoma Holdings’ proposal. Due to Covid-19 and social distancing requirements, staff may collect feedback online or by phone.

Please note the role of VOICES, NSDPAD, the Akoma Board and the AUBA in the planning process is to help staff share information with the public. The assistance received by these four community groups does not equate their support for the development proposal itself. These groups have not all been part of developing the plans for the subject property. The plans have been submitted by the applicant, Akoma Holdings Incorporated


Have additional questions or feedback on the proposal?

• Contact the municipal planner guiding Akoma’s application through the planning process, Stephanie Salloum, at sallous@halifax.ca or 902-476-2792.

Ask a question or post a comment to the online public forum at the bottom of this page. Staff will check this forum regularly.


Future Public Hearing

Before a decision is made on Akoma’s proposal, there will be another opportunity for the public to provide feedback directly to Regional Council at a public hearing. A public hearing is the final step in the process where Regional Council will make the decision on whether to approve or refuse the proposal. At this meeting, all members of the public can speak directly to these decision makers prior to their debate and decision. No public hearing has been scheduled yet. Updates on the status of the application in the planning process will be posted to this website.


Proposal Details

Akoma Holdings has submitted to HRM these plans and documents in support of their proposal. The following table summarizes what is being proposed in each phase of the development. Akoma Holding’s proposal is being considered through two planning projects, each of which require a decision of Regional Council: (1) Case 21875 focuses on Akoma’s immediate development goals including reuse of the former Home, seniors housing and other uses within a portion of the site along Highway 7 and adjacent to Giberson Drive; and (2) Case 22257 is the second review of the Regional Plan which will consider development of the remaining lands. Staff are currently focused on collecting public feedback for Phases 1-4 of Akoma's proposal.








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