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Town looks to dress up space with clock plaza

Hill Studio planner Patrick Hughes and landscaper Ashleigh Marshall presented a crowd of 30 people with plans for the Town of Halifax’s soon-to-be clock plaza Wednesday evening in Halifax Town Hall.

According to Hughes and Marshall, the clock plaza will be located at the front of the Halifax Farmers Market parking lot approximately 230 feet away from the farmers market building, with the actual clock 175 feet away from the building. 

An existing electrical box currently sits in the location for the plaza, and the two said they plan to work around the box and hide it with signage.

Hughes and Marshall explained that the clock would be on a pedestal a couple of feet from the sidewalk surrounded by plants and will reach up to 13 feet. They said the plaza will include three seating walls, two which are 15 feet long and the other 20 feet long. The walls will be located approximately 30 feet from the clock. 

About 35 feet will separate the clock from the canopy area with 90 feet of space, which will provide shelter for the farmers market vendors, the two said. 

While many had questions about the parking space the plaza would take up, the two assured the crowd that the plaza will only take about 13 of the parking lot’s 177 parking spaces.

Design plans for the plaza should be done in the next month or two, and then the town can decide how they plan to implement construction, the two said.

According to Town Manager Carl Espy, the project will be out for bids as soon as design plans are finalized.

Hughes and Marshall have split construction into two phases. Phase I will include the installation of a planting bed, the clock, the farmers market signage and the seat walls.

Phase 2, they said, will include installation of the removable bollards, plaza pavers in a decorative pattern, a paved area for the Christmas tree location, a lighted bollard with a receptacle, low trees in a plant island, market vendor shelters and canopy trees in a plant island.

Having the clock in a space that would make it the center piece of the revitalized portion of the town while maintaining visibility of the farmers market building and enhancing exposure of the farmers market vendors is the main objective for the project, Hughes and Marshall said.