Halifax Infirmary Expansion’s Parking

Tuesday January 28, 2020

Fact Sheet - January 2020

Halifax Infirmary Expansion

  • heart of the QEII New Generation project — the largest health care infrastructure project in Nova Scotia’s history
  • 1.4 million square feet of new space will be constructed at the Halifax Infirmary (HI) site
  • the HI expansion includes a new outpatient centre, cancer centre, research and innovation centre and expanded inpatient centre (hospital beds and operating rooms)
  • all of these services will require parking

Parking

  • more than 14,000 people visit the QEII Health Sciences Centre every day
  • 40 percent of the visits are from people and families travelling from outside Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM)
  • a parking study conducted for the province indicated 92 percent of hospital visitors either drive or are driven to the hospital and park on-site
  • the parking study also indicated about 2,700 parking spaces are needed at the HI site
  • to meet future parking needs at the HI site, the parking strategy includes new underground spaces, using existing parking lots (Abbie J. Lane, Camp Hill) and replacing the existing parkade on Robie Street

Replacing the Existing Parkade

  • it is necessary to replace the parkade on Robie Street before construction on the HI site starts
  • about 800 parking spaces will be lost when the existing parkade comes down to make room for the hospital expansion

Constructing the Summer Street Parkade

  • the parkade will be built directly across the street from the Halifax Infirmary
  • it is being built on an existing parking lot beside the Museum of Natural History, land owned by the province
  • the province is in discussions with HRM to buy a small portion of municipal land (about a half an acre)
  • the parkade will not be built on recreational space
  • the proposed plans would see a path replaced and enhanced for bikes and pedestrians between Bell Road and Summer Street
  • discussions have been ongoing with HRM staff since April
  • HRM staff say a report is being prepared and will be presented to Regional Council in the coming weeks
  • the winning proponent for the work will be required to consult with tenants (Bengal Lancers and Wanderers) of the HRM land