Category Archives: News & Press

The year is off to a very exciting start

Source: PAL Halifax April 1, 2016 marks the beginning of a new fiscal year at PAL Halifax; therefore it is time to renew your membership or to become a member! Recently, the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal upheld the decision … Continue reading

Seeking shelter from the storm

Halifax is facing an affordable housing crisis, and there’s no solution in sight. Source: The Coast Affordable housing is one of those terms that seems to mean less every time you use it. At least, that’s how Elaine Williams sees … Continue reading

Opponents lose latest bid to halt $42m Gottingen Street affordable housing project

Source: The Chronicle Herald – September 17, 2015 A group fighting against a proposed $42-million development on Gottingen Street in Halifax has lost its latest battle against the affordable housing project. The province’s Utility and Review Board rejected an appeal … Continue reading

Gottingen Street affordable housing plan faces appeal

Source: The Chronicle Herald – March 2, 2015 A Halifax community council has approved a development agreement for an affordable housing project for Gottingen Street. But instead of moving forward, it looks like the Housing Trust of Nova Scotia’s plans … Continue reading

Developer sees movement on projects

Source: The Chronicle Herald The proponent behind two Gottingen Street developments is hoping work will begin in a year now that his proposal is moving through the municipal approvals process. Ross Cantwell, president of the Housing Trust of Nova Scotia, … Continue reading

Information Meeting on Affordable Housing

Two Proposed Apartment Buildings
Former MET and Diamonds Bar Properties

Thursday January 17th
The North End Memorial Library
2285 Gottingen Street, Halifax
6:00 pm Open House
6:30-7:30 pm Presentation & Questions

Click Here to download a Presentation in PowerPoint format.

Click Here to download a PDF file of Concept Images & Floor Plans

Gottingen projects ‘in holding pattern’

Source: The Chronicle Herald

A date to begin construction on two Gottingen Street residential projects is unknown because they are in planning limbo, says the proponent.

Ross Cantwell, president of the Housing Trust of Nova Scotia, has proposed to build a 10-storey building at 2183 Gottingen, the former Met building, and a 10-storey building at the former Diamonds bar location at 2215 Gottingen.

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New Affordable Housing Strategy for Nova Scotia

On November 8, 2012 the Nova Scotia government announced the start of a public consultation that will allow all Nova Scotians to have their say on the future of affordable housing in our province. This long-term affordable housing strategy will help address the housing needs of more Nova Scotian families. It will also help shape what affordable housing will look like for families for generations to come. As part of their initiative, they have prepared “A Discussion Paper on a Housing Strategy for Nova Scotia.”

You can find this discussion paper online at

Over the next few weeks, public meetings will also be held in several communities across the province. This public consultation will seek feedback on innovative, practical housing solutions.

Gottingen Street’s affordable housing crisis

Source: The Coast | Gottingen Street's affordable housing crisis | Reality Bites The province has big plans for rebuilding Sunrise and Isnor Manors, but says the city is getting in the way. Meanwhile, two non-profits blame the province for frustrating … Continue reading

Gottingen Housing Plans Pushed Back 18 Months

Source: The Chronicle Herald
December 6, 2011 – By REMO ZACCAGNA Business Reporter

Ross Cantwell - Photo by CHRISTIAN LAFORCE


Ross Cantwell of the Housing Trust of Nova Scotia says two properties were demolished in the spring with plans to start construction this fall on a mixed-income development. But the start has been delayed. Work on two Gottingen Street projects will begin in the summer of 2013 at the earliest, more than 18 months later than expected.

That will now be pushed back as the developers seek an amendment to the Peninsula North secondary plan, a 12-month process that began in September.

“We want to go ahead,” Cantwell said in a phone interview. “We’ve demolished the buildings and we’re running parking lots, because that’s what you do in downtown Halifax.”