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Killam Properties acquires properties in Halifax for $28M

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Killam Properties announced that it acquired the Brewery Market and Keith Hall in Halifax and land for future apartment developments.

The firm paid $22.3 million to buy the Brewery Market and Keith Hall, located in downtown Halifax, across from the waterfront.

The fully modernized heritage complex can trace its roots back to the early 1800s and contains 158,000 square feet of office and retail space. The property is 95% occupied.

Killam has also acquired a 50% interest in 47,650 square feet of vacant land located adjacent to the Brewery Market for $5.2 million. The site is approved, through a development agreement, for construction of a 240 unit multi-residential property which will be known as The Alexander.

The land also includes capacity for an additional 40 units. Killam and its 50% partner expect to begin construction during the second half of 2015.

“This unique, historic property and development site is one of the best mixed-use locations in Atlantic Canada. We now own a landmark office and retail complex at a very attractive yield, and have partnered with the previous owner to build a new apartment building on a 50/50 basis. Once the apartment building is completed, our tenants will enjoy the benefit of a mixed-use property with dining, entertainment, and office space all contained in one complex with incredible ocean views, “Killam’s President and CEO Philip Fraser said in a statement.

Prince Edward Island: Housing starts slightly up in February

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Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) reported a slight increase in housing starts in Prince Edward Island for February.

According to CMHC, housing starts in the province were trending at 442 units in February, compared to 433 in January. The trend is a six month moving average of the monthly seasonally adjusted annual rates (SAAR) of housing starts.

“The trend in residential construction in urban centres on Prince Edward Island was up slightly in February following the strong start to the year observed in January,” said Claude Gautreau, Senior Market Analyst with CMHC’s Atlantic Business Centre. “The positive results observed thus far in 2015 stem mainly from increased multi-residential construction activity in the Charlottetown area,” added Gautreau.

The standalone monthly SAAR was 226 units in February, down from 945 in January.

Bear Head gets construction permit for LNG project

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Bear Head LNG Corporation, a subsidiary of Liquefied Natural Gas Limited recently received a construction permit for its proposed 8 mtpa LNG project in Nova Scotia.

The permit was issued by the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board. The company expects to receive the final approval from the Nova Scotia Environmental Board in the second quarter of 2015.

Liquefied Natural Gas plans to develop an LNG export facility at the partially developed Bear Head site on Canada’s East Coast near Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia.

The key assets of Bear Head LNG include a 255-acre site comprising industrial-zoned land (180 acres) and deep-water acreage (75 acres) as well as foundations in place for two 180,000 cubic meter LNG tanks. The land has been cleared, a majority of site works completed and roads constructed.

The Bear Head LNG export facility is likely to start commercial operation in 2019.

Emera: $1.6B-Maritime Link on schedule to be in service by 2017

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Emera said that the $1.6-billion Maritime Link, being built as part of the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project, is on time and on budget, reports The Canadian Press.

President and CEO Rick Janega said about 300 people are working on the subsea cable to connect the island of Newfoundland to Nova Scotia. The 170-kilometre cable is also on schedule to be in service in October 2017, he added.

The project, at its peak, will create up to 600 direct jobs, according to Janega.

The joint project between Nalcor and Emera would bring power from Muskrat Falls to the island of Newfoundland and on to Nova Scotia.The total cost estimate for the hydro project stands at close to $8.6 billion including Emera’s share of the cable.

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Developers plan to build 2,700 homesnear Ardoise

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Construction on 2,700 homes at the Forest Lakes Country Club outside of Windsor near Highway 101 will begin later this year, reports Hants Journal.

The 1,700-acre site near Ardoise will include condominiums, townhouses, single-family homes, retail space, hotels, parks and a boathouse adjacent to an 18-hole golf course, according to developers.

Terra Firma Development Corporation, run by Maritimers Bradley and Donald Marr, is constructing the new neighbourhood. The firm plans to market the properties to local and international clients who visit the province.

“Our international clients love Nova Scotia and love the idea of living in the great Canadian outdoors in a premium resort community packed with amenities,”the company’sPresident Bradley Marr states.

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Walk for raising awareness about asbestos exposure hazards to be held in May

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Steps for Life Walk 2015 will be held in May to raise awareness about the hazards of asbestos exposure.

Ron Garland was first exposed to asbestos while working in the Halifaxship yards as a teen. He was also repeatedly exposed to asbestos over his 40 year career as an electrician. On June 15, 2011, the devastating diagnosis was confirmed: mesothelioma. Ron died 6 months later.

Mesothelioma, and other occupational diseases resulting from exposure to harmful substances, are preventable.

Ron’s daughter, Charmaine Salter, along with family and friends, will be walking in honor of her dad, on team “Strumming Along with Ron”, in Windsor, Nova Scotia.

“I feel that by sharing dad’s story, I’m raising awareness about the hazards of asbestos exposure. I’m also helping to promote workplace safety so that other families don’t have to go through what we’ve been through,”Charmaine says.

The walk, Steps for Life – Walking for Families of Workplace Tragedy, will be held on the weekend of May 2/3. It is time to register to walk in Steps for Life in your community, and show support for Canadian families affected by workplace tragedy by raising funds for Threads of Life’s family support programs and services.

Fowler Construction Services selected for Canada Job Grant

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Fowler Construction Services, a construction company in Truro, received the Canada Job Grant.

Fowler Construction Services, a small company with eight employees, will receive over $16,000 through the Canada Job Grant. This will allow the company to provide Gold Seal Certification training to three current employees.

Fowler Construction Services is investing an additional $6,372. It is expected that this training program will support the company to build the in-house competencies needed to achieve its goals of increased efficiency, productivity and profitability.

The Canada Job Grant is an innovative, employer-driven approach to help Canadians gain the skills and training they need to fill available jobs. By requiring employers to partner in training investments, the Canada Job Grant will result in skills training that leads to guaranteed jobs.

The Canada Job Grant provides up to $15,000 per person for training costs, such as tuition and training materials, which includes up to $10,000 in federal contributions. Nova Scotia delivers the Canada Job Grant through its existing Workplace Innovation and Productivity Skills Incentive (WIPSI).

According to Build Force Canada, Nova Scotia’s construction industry will need to step up efforts to attract more young people, as more than 6 000 workers are planning to retire over the next 10 years.

By 2017–18, more than $7.9 million per year will be available for the Canada Job Grant in Nova Scotia.

Sydney Library plans entering preliminary design stage

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Plans are moving ahead for preliminary design work on a new library for downtown Sydney, Nova Scotia, reports CBC News.

It would replace the current McConnell Memorial library, which was built in 1960. With about 500 visitors per day, it has outgrown its location. Neeta Kumar-Britten, a member of the build committee, says it’s important to find out exactly what’s needed in a new facility before launching a major fundraiser.

According to Kumar-Britten, the committee is hoping the consultant’s report will be finished by spring. The committee is hoping to start construction in the next two years.

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Nova Scotia issues construction tenders for hospital’s upgrade

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Construction tenders have been issued for the revamping of the Aberdeen Hospital’s emergency room and pharmacy, reports The News.

Nova Scotia’s public tenders office is accepting bids on the multi-million dollar project expected to improve patient flow by modernizing the needs of one of the hospital’s busiest areas.

The new overall design would be based on a linear flow, the second of its kind in Nova Scotia.

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CANS launches Online Bidding System for Trade Contractors

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The Construction Association of Nova Scotia (CANS) officially launched its Online Bidding System for Trade Contractors.

According to the organization, the Online Bidding System offers many benefits including convenience for users, accuracy and timeliness of information, and consistency of bidding processes. The system is designed specifically to reduce the potential for bidders to submit non-compliant bids, to have General Contractors receive the bids in an efficient electronic format, and also reduce the impact on the environment by decreasing the use of paper and the carbon footprint from vehicles used to transport bids, according to a statement.

The Online Bidding System is easy to use, and can be accessible by both members and non-members.