Fonds CR1 - Michael Zatzman fonds

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Michael Zatzman fonds

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20 cm of graphic material
4 cm of textual records
1 videocassette

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Michael Zatzman joined Maplehurst Properties in 1975. The company, a local development company created by his father Joseph Zatzman in the early 1950s, was incorporated as Maplehurst Properties Limited in 1979. In 1988, Maplehurst successfully responded to a request for proposals from City of Dartmouth for a private sector developer to construct a mixed use Civic Centre Complex in downtown Dartmouth.

Michael Zatzman was both President of Maplehurst and the company City Centre Limited. As such, Michael Zatzman signed the agreement with the City for both Maplehurst, the guarantor, and City Centre Limited, the developer. City Centre Limited was originally incorporated in 1964 to build the Royal Bank Building on Portland Street. It carried out the actual construction work for the Civic Centre Complex which was to be named Alderney Gate.

Construction started in Fall 1989 and the building opened a year later. Alderney Gate was acquired by Mutual Life Assurance Co. at the end of May 1996 and Halifax Regional Municipality later purchased the complex for $22.9 million in August 2005.

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Fonds consists of records which reflect Michael Zatzman's role in the 1989-1990 construction of Alderney Gate, a civic centre complex in downtown Dartmouth. The fonds consists of building permits, development or building proposals, photographs, correspondence, and records from the commissioning of a sculpture for the building.

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The donation was initially accepted by Halifax Regional Municipality's Information Resource Management in March 1999. When the HRM Archives was established in September 2005, the donation was transferred there.


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There is a descriptive list of the materials as they were first accessioned in the case file for this fonds - consult with the archivist.

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