Council blocks demolition by granting heritage protection to house owned by Dal

The Halifax regional council has blocked Dalhousie University from demolishing one of its buildings after voting to include the home in Halifax’s heritage registry. Dal bought the home in 2021 and obtained a demolition permit for the building this May, but neighbours applied for a heritage designation afterwards. While the advisory committee said the building meets the threshold for heritage protection, a heritage architect hired by Dal produced a report that gave the building a score below the minimum needed. Dal external counsel Peter Rogers noted that the house is not worth saving due to years of damage from a leaking roof and shoddy repairs. Dal is reportedly considering its options for the property as it does not serve a purpose for the university. CBC Note: Archived stories may contain dead links or be missing source links.