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Truro council approves Prince St. development

The building which housed the Nova Scotian Emporium will soon be undergoing renovations. The first floor will be commercial space while the upper levels will be residential.
The building which housed the Nova Scotian Emporium will soon be undergoing renovations. - Lynn Curwin
TRURO, N.S. —

Renovation work may soon begin on the former Nova Scotian Emporium building.

During a meeting on Sept. 9, Truro Town Council voted to enter into a development agreement with Walker Lofts Inc. The agreement would see two-thirds of the first floor of the building, at 880 Prince Street, remain as commercial space, with an accessible residential unit in the remainder. The second and third floors would each hold a one-bedroom unit and two two-bedroom units. The fourth floor would contain two two-bedroom units. An existing add-on at the back of the building would be converted into an elevator.

New windows and lighting would be added, and crumbling bricks would be replaced, but the development would not change the square footage or the style of the building.

A property to the west, at 11 Havelock Street, would provide parking for 16 vehicles.

Amenity space has not been included in the development proposal, but developer suggested it may be possible to add a rooftop patio.

The Heritage Advisory Committee sent a letter in support of the development to town council.

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