HALIFAX — Developers of Halifax’s Nova Centre, which will house the city’s new 120,000-square-foot Halifax Convention Centre (HCC), as well as a 225- to 250-room convention-quality hotel, retail and office space, announced in early October that the scheduled March 2017 opening would be delayed, according to an Oct. 4 report in the Halifax Chronicle Herald. The developer offered no explanation for the delay.
Trade Centre Limited (TCL), the body which operates the current World Trade and Convention Centre (WTCC) two blocks away and will operate the HCC, and Destination Halifax have been taking planners on hard hat tours of the property. As of July, 54 events were confirmed for the new HCC. This latest delay will affect seven large national and international groups planned to arrive between April and June 2017. TCL is working to arrange alternative accommodations such as working with the existing WTCC.
The project has a history of delays. A bumpy approval process delayed the start of construction by over a year. That set the opening date for January 2016. That date was pushed back to Sept. 30, then reset for a March 2017 opening.