1. Why is this project good for Halifax?
The newly developed site in Halifax will integrate history, sustainability and commitment to the community and a great visitor experience. A member of the community since 1963, the Hotel is changing to better serve the community and visitors.
The redeveloped site will attract business travellers, tourists and residents to downtown Halifax. The new Hotels, residential, retail and restaurant offerings will contribute more in property taxes, HST and Hotel Room Levies (2%) to the local economy than the current operations.
2. What are the design highlights of the redevelopment?
- Design is pedestrian focused, rather than the current vehicle centric
- Introduce pedestrian oriented, street level activities such as retail and restaurant use
- Exterior materials like stone, brick and curtain wall glazing to integrate with surrounding area and buildings
- Weather protected sidewalks for pedestrians
- All proposed upgrades align with HRMbyDesign guidelines, while balancing attention to heritage assets and contemporary architecture
- Provide new residential rental options in downtown Halifax
- Offer new and exciting business and superior meeting and conference services in the downtown core
3. Will view planes from Citadel Hill be protected?
The proposed buildings and towers comply with the area zoning restrictions. Our location affords visitors to our hotel spectacular views of the city. Defined Citadel Hill rampart views will be maintained.
4. What environmental impacts will there be during construction and operation?
SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts has demonstrated a long-standing commitment to the environment through various initiatives embraced by the company and at each of the more than 20 hotels across Canada.
Environmental stewardship and sustainability features are a key pillar in all construction and redevelopment projects. The Halifax site is no different, sustainable materials will be selected, driveways and parking lots will be converted to pedestrian friendly walk ways and a green roof is a design feature.
5. When will the new building be completed?
It is scheduled to open in early 2014.
6. How many hotel rooms will the new building have?
The new site will feature a total of 316 rooms in two hotels and an apartment building with approx. 130 units. The complex will also include a restaurant, retail space and conference facilities.
7. Will there be traffic issues on Brunswick and Cogswell Street during construction?
We’ve received a Traffic Impact Statement from project partners. Peak hour traffic on Brunswick Street is moderate and we anticipate there to be low to moderate additional traffic as a result of construction. This project is not expected to significantly impact neighbouring streets or the regional network.
8. What is the economic impact of the development?
The redeveloped site will attract business travellers, tourists and residents to downtown Halifax. The new hotels, residential, retail and restaurant offerings will contribute more in property taxes, HST and Hotel Room Levies (2%) to the local economy than the current operations.
9. What is the decision-making process?
The project is currently in the process of obtaining HRM site plan approval. Once approval is granted, a building permit application may be filed at any time.
10. Will this be a green building?
The new buildings will be designed and constructed to increase environmental performance and create healthier working environments.
SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts has launched an Eco-rating program and all properties are certified. Environmental decisions are part of the corporate culture and are fundamental to the daily operation of each hotel, from the construction, to the kitchen, to laundry facilities, to the boardroom.
11. Will the new building be named Citadel Hotel?
No decision has been made yet. We’re looking into a variety of naming and partner options for the new hotel.
12. Will rates increase for visitors?
The new pricing will reflect the value of the product and our investment and will attract guests seeking a high standard of quality and service, value-driven features and amenities and an enhanced meeting and conference experience.
13. Will the hotel stay open during renovations?
With large construction projects such as this, it is necessary to close the hotel as the comfort, health and safety of our associates and guests is our priority. Citadel Hotel will close for business in January 2012 and remain closed for 18 months during construction.
14. Will hotel staff lose their jobs?
We are working with the union to help our staff during this transition. We have a strong staff; we hope they will apply when we re-open the hotel so we can continue to offer exemplary levels of guest services to visitors.