Hope for the Dennis Building

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Historic building’s facade or structure to be maintained: Nova Scotia

HALIFAX – The Nova Scotia government says it is exploring options for developing a historic building in downtown Halifax that include maintaining its facade or keeping the entire structure.

Internal Services Minister Labi Kousoulis says the government will partner with a private sector company to at least maintain the facade of the Dennis Building …MORE

CBC News

Halifax’s historic Dennis Building could be redeveloped >>

Tender Notice

A tender notice was issued this morning for removal of interior material from the Dennis Building. Here is the link:

http://novascotia.ca/tenders/tenders/tender-details.aspx?id=60148215

The tender is for removal of all interior materials except the floors, structural members, and staircase. Plaster, flooring, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, heating, and elevator would be removed.

We may be able to get an appointment to go through the building, perhaps with an architect and photographer. Much of the plaster in the building has asbestos. Provincial regulations require plaster with asbestos to be removed, enclosed or encapsulated. The good news is that the Province is retaining the interior floors and structure. This could allow for new finishes and reuse of the building, either by the Province or by a new owner.

The contractors will inspect the building at 10 a.m. on the 26th, and bids close on March 12.

1047 Sign Petition to Legislature

Nova Scotians are lining up in support of the historic Dennis Building. A petition with 1047 names was presented to the Legislature Friday, Oct. 31, by Lenore Zann, MLA for Truro-Bible Hill-Millbrook-Salmon River, and NDP critic for Communities, Culture and Heritage.

The petition asks “the Government of Nova Scotia to retain the historic T. & E. Kenny Dry Goods Building (Dennis Building) at the corner of George and Granville Streets in Halifax and not to demolish or dismantle it.”

“It is my belief that ‘progress’ in Nova Scotia does not preclude protecting, revitalizing and celebrating our historic buildings and heritage sites.  Tourists come for the natural beauty, culture, and heritage. Preserving our past is essential if we want to earn a reputation as a truly ‘world class’ destination”, said Ms. Zann. Continue reading

Voice of the People, The Chronicle Herald

Dropped wrecking ball

I was naïve to think Nova Scotia’s natural and heritage assets would be safer in the hands of government than business. Provincial approval of clearcutting on the former Bowater lands (Sept. 11 story) and the recent announcement that the province plans to demolish the Dennis building (Sept. 20 story) suggest that the government isn’t any more interested in preserving our public assets than the private sector is.

Andrea Arbic, Halifax