Dartmouth, Nova Scotia


Develop Nova Scotia
Municipal Affairs


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NEW: FAQs Addendum #3 (Posted April 7, 2022)

Build Nova Scotia is seeking potential partners to create mixed-model housing on a vacant property in Downtown Dartmouth (the “subject property”; PID 00108902). The subject property is a highly desirable development parcel with substantial as-of-right development potential, situated within Halifax’s Regional Centre, and near major employment areas and key transportation nodes. 

This Property Development Opportunity (PDO) is meant to invite innovative responses from Proponents who can deliver long-lasting affordability through the development of a mixed-model, mixed-use building(s) on the subject lands. Proponents are expected to demonstrate:

  • A collaborative and financially sustainable approach to mixed-model development;
  • Commitment to delivering a mixed-model project that makes a significant and long-lasting contribution to housing affordability; and
  • The ability to assemble a development team/partnership with the capacity to lead the design and development plan and schedule, including expertise from the market and non-market housing sector in areas of construction, operations, and administration. 

Build Nova Scotia routinely collaborates with community and private sector partners to reimagine and reinvest in places that matter and leverage public lands for public benefit. This PDO aims to leverage high-value lands (the subject property) in return for tangible and lasting contributions to housing affordability, including the development or preservation of affordable housing units, scalable and replicable development models that include non-market/market partnerships, and the building of capacity and equity in the non-market housing sector. 

To stimulate new ideas, approaches and partnerships, Build Nova Scotia is not prescribing a specific program or framework for the development of the site. We encourage all interested parties to respond to the PDO in a manner that offers a viable and sustainable approach to the development of mixed-model housing on the subject property based on their own expertise and experience.

The development process will be conducted in two stages. This first PDO stage will be used to evaluate interest, potential approaches, capacity, and experience. Invitations to participate in a second stage will be based on the responses to this PDO.