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Cogswell District Redevelopment Project

The Cogswell District Redevelopment Project is an initiative to transform the Cogswell interchange from an underutilized piece of road infrastructure into a new vibrant urban neighbourhood on the northern edge of downtown. Removal of the interchange has been talked about for several decades. Several plans and ideas have been put forward over the past 17 years for the reuse of these lands. In 2014, Regional Council committed to a concept plan for a comprehensively designed neighbourhood and directed a detailed design exercise be undertaken, with the plan returning to Council for a final decision.

The vision for the Cogswell District endorsed by Regional Council includes:

  • A walkable, transit-oriented neighbourhood
  • Re-establishing the grid block structure of downtown
  • Reconnection of neighbourhoods
  • A mixed-use core
  • Active transportation priority
  • Well-designed public and private spaces
  • A renewable energy district

The Cogswell District concept plan is completed to a 60 per cent level. Highlights of the current design include:

  • Replacement of the arterial throughway with at-grade urban streets will reinstate connectivity between the waterfront and downtown with neighborhoods and commercial districts to the north and west
  • Two roundabouts – accentuated with landscaping, signage and/ or public art – will serve as major gateway entrances to the downtown
  • Mixed use buildings with street level retail and commercial uses will make the Cogswell District home for approximately 2,500 residents
  • Narrower streets and wider sidewalks lined with treed boulevards will create attractive walking environments throughout the new district
  • Bi-directional curb separated bikeways along Barrington, Upper Water and Cogswell streets and a 3.5m multi-use trail between Cogswell Street and Poplar Park will introduce the first AAA level active transportation network into the downtown
  • Future extension of the Cogswell Street bikeway to the North Park multi-use trail will link the Cogswell District to the recreational and open space opportunities of the Halifax Common
  • Community gardens, open lawn, and a small active plaza within Poplar Park will provide programmed and casual recreational opportunities for residents and visitors
  • Privately-owned publicly accessible spaces (POPS) between the proposed buildings will create open space within the district and encourage the expansion of street-level commercial opportunities
  • Granville Square will be a pivotal central plaza anchoring the south end of the development to the existing downtown. It is an urban style square with multi-use flexibility. Input on the possible uses within the square will be sought during public engagement sessions in April 2018
  • Trees lining the new streets will increase the green canopy of downtown and enhance the streetscape
  • Sidewalk materials, street furniture and street lights will unify the look and feel of the district and help define it as a distinctive and interesting neighbourhood
  • POPS, parks, roundabout circles and the urban square will offer opportunities for public art, creative signage and water features. Ideas for these spaces will be sought during public engagement sessions in April 2018
  • A condensed transit hub will center on Barrington, Bell and Hollis streets with linkages through Granville Plaza to the waterfront and the Halifax Ferry Terminal. Bus routes from Duke Street and Albemarle are relocated to the transit block
  • A district energy system recovering heat from waste at the Wastewater Treatment Facility will provide green energy to the Cogswell District

Thank you those that attended our public engagement sessions. If you were unable to attend, an online survey will provide residents and stakeholders with opportunities to review the plan and provide input on major components of the design. Specifically, input is being sought on the following components: active transportation, park and open spaces, elements of a proposed urban square, transit hub details, and streetscape design details.

Want to get up to speed on the Cogswell District concept plan? Visit the document library or view the website. Speak with staff at one of the engagement booths or the Open House to get acquainted with the Cogswell District plan and provide your comments. Don’t worry if you can’t make a session in person. We’ve provided an online survey below to capture feedback that will help us to finalize the public realm aspects of the Concept Plan being presented to Regional Council in the spring.

The Cogswell District Redevelopment Project is an initiative to transform the Cogswell interchange from an underutilized piece of road infrastructure into a new vibrant urban neighbourhood on the northern edge of downtown. Removal of the interchange has been talked about for several decades. Several plans and ideas have been put forward over the past 17 years for the reuse of these lands. In 2014, Regional Council committed to a concept plan for a comprehensively designed neighbourhood and directed a detailed design exercise be undertaken, with the plan returning to Council for a final decision.

The vision for the Cogswell District endorsed by Regional Council includes:

  • A walkable, transit-oriented neighbourhood
  • Re-establishing the grid block structure of downtown
  • Reconnection of neighbourhoods
  • A mixed-use core
  • Active transportation priority
  • Well-designed public and private spaces
  • A renewable energy district

The Cogswell District concept plan is completed to a 60 per cent level. Highlights of the current design include:

  • Replacement of the arterial throughway with at-grade urban streets will reinstate connectivity between the waterfront and downtown with neighborhoods and commercial districts to the north and west
  • Two roundabouts – accentuated with landscaping, signage and/ or public art – will serve as major gateway entrances to the downtown
  • Mixed use buildings with street level retail and commercial uses will make the Cogswell District home for approximately 2,500 residents
  • Narrower streets and wider sidewalks lined with treed boulevards will create attractive walking environments throughout the new district
  • Bi-directional curb separated bikeways along Barrington, Upper Water and Cogswell streets and a 3.5m multi-use trail between Cogswell Street and Poplar Park will introduce the first AAA level active transportation network into the downtown
  • Future extension of the Cogswell Street bikeway to the North Park multi-use trail will link the Cogswell District to the recreational and open space opportunities of the Halifax Common
  • Community gardens, open lawn, and a small active plaza within Poplar Park will provide programmed and casual recreational opportunities for residents and visitors
  • Privately-owned publicly accessible spaces (POPS) between the proposed buildings will create open space within the district and encourage the expansion of street-level commercial opportunities
  • Granville Square will be a pivotal central plaza anchoring the south end of the development to the existing downtown. It is an urban style square with multi-use flexibility. Input on the possible uses within the square will be sought during public engagement sessions in April 2018
  • Trees lining the new streets will increase the green canopy of downtown and enhance the streetscape
  • Sidewalk materials, street furniture and street lights will unify the look and feel of the district and help define it as a distinctive and interesting neighbourhood
  • POPS, parks, roundabout circles and the urban square will offer opportunities for public art, creative signage and water features. Ideas for these spaces will be sought during public engagement sessions in April 2018
  • A condensed transit hub will center on Barrington, Bell and Hollis streets with linkages through Granville Plaza to the waterfront and the Halifax Ferry Terminal. Bus routes from Duke Street and Albemarle are relocated to the transit block
  • A district energy system recovering heat from waste at the Wastewater Treatment Facility will provide green energy to the Cogswell District

Thank you those that attended our public engagement sessions. If you were unable to attend, an online survey will provide residents and stakeholders with opportunities to review the plan and provide input on major components of the design. Specifically, input is being sought on the following components: active transportation, park and open spaces, elements of a proposed urban square, transit hub details, and streetscape design details.

Want to get up to speed on the Cogswell District concept plan? Visit the document library or view the website. Speak with staff at one of the engagement booths or the Open House to get acquainted with the Cogswell District plan and provide your comments. Don’t worry if you can’t make a session in person. We’ve provided an online survey below to capture feedback that will help us to finalize the public realm aspects of the Concept Plan being presented to Regional Council in the spring.

  • Cogswell District

    Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey. The survey should take you about 10 minutes to complete.

    We are interested in your opinions and perceptions about the Cogswell District concept plan. Specifically, input is being sought on the following components: active transportation, park and open spaces, elements of a proposed urban square, transit hub details, and streetscape design details.

    The Cogswell District concept plan reflects the municipality’s proposed transformation of the Cogswell interchange from an underutilized piece of road infrastructure into a new vibrant urban neighbourhood on the northern edge of the downtown.

    Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey. The survey should take you about 10 minutes to complete.

    We are interested in your opinions and perceptions about the Cogswell District concept plan. Specifically, input is being sought on the following components: active transportation, park and open spaces, elements of a proposed urban square, transit hub details, and streetscape design details.

    The Cogswell District concept plan reflects the municipality’s proposed transformation of the Cogswell interchange from an underutilized piece of road infrastructure into a new vibrant urban neighbourhood on the northern edge of the downtown.

    Results from this survey will help inform recommendations regarding the public realm aspects of the Concept Plan being presented to Regional Council in the spring.

    In order to complete the survey please first review the proposed design components outlined in the presentation boards.

    All responses will be kept strictly anonymous and will be analyzed as a whole, not individually. We appreciate your feedback.

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