On May 27/20, the Province announced an investment of up to $230M to improve infrastructure and help get the economy moving again. The funding will support more than 200 shovel ready projects, creating up to 2000 jobs.
A number of these stimulus projects, through an investment of close to $38M, will be led by Develop Nova Scotia with a focus on key waterfront infrastructure and places supporting and growing our working waterfronts, authentic tourism destinations and in economic recovery.
This significant commitment by the Province is an investment in people and place, showcasing the importance of sector growth, supporting multiple business sectors, and strengthening communities.
In our work to support community and to attract people to Nova Scotia, it isn’t just about what we build, but how. We can be progressive with practical projects that communities will benefit from and will support the recovery and growth of our economy. We look forward to continuing to work closely with our partners and community members to maintain momentum as we look ahead.
We would like to update you on one of the projects that will take place.
Zwicker Warehouse – Ground Floor Activation Project
The Zwicker Warehouse is identified as an anchor asset in the Lunenburg Waterfront Master Plan. This three-storey, 12,000-square-foot, wood-frame building on Bluenose Drive has elements dating back to the late 1800s. It is a prominent building on Lunenburg’s working waterfront, part of the UNESCO World Heritage site.
Develop Nova Scotia co-created this 5-year strategic plan for developing the waterfront together with the Lunenburg community and businesses through robust consultation that took place over 2018. It was shared with the community during the annual Lunenburg Waterfront Symposium in 2019.
Zwicker Warehouse is envisioned to be a centre of growing recreational marine visitation and activity, through facilities and small business opportunities.
With this provincial investment, renovations to the first floor will house permanent accessible marine visitation facilities including a marina office, laundry, shower and public accessible washrooms for marine visitors and seasonal visitor attractions.
It will also support ground floor retail/food and beverage small businesses, and be a point for local indoor and outdoor events. This project will build on stabilization work and roof repair work that has been completed.
Overall planning for the site includes new site servicing, landscaping and improvements to the building envelope in accordance to the Town of Lunenburg Heritage guidelines enabling occupancy for the Ground Floor, and base building improvements to facilitate future long-term tenants on the upper floors for marine business/office use.
Previous work around the popular Zwicker area included the Zwicker Wharf boardwalk – providing important public access – repairs to Wharf A, which is home to free public daytime berthing , additional park upgrades, and temporary enhancements for boaters as part of the Lunenburg Waterfront Marina.
These new renovations at Zwicker Warehouse will continue to enhance the authentic Lunenburg working waterfront experience for visitors by land and sea, supporting opportunities for current and future local businesses, and the growing marine visitation program.
Once the project is underway, we will work to ensure continuation along the boardwalk and minimize disruptions where possible. We look forward to sharing updates as work progresses.
Learn more about the COVE project
Learn more about the Halifax Waterfront project