Since the spring of 2018, a group of organizations including BOMA Nova Scotia has worked together to facilitate discussion on the redevelopment of the Cogswell District. Sixteen of those organizations, plus Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM), hired the renowned urban design firm GEHL to research, collaborate, and produce a Cogswell District recommendations report. The report is now complete and available for download at A background and executive summary document is also available.

The report does not present an alternate design to what HRM is currently working on, but is rather a study that includes strategies, best practices, and design recommendations as well as the downtown plan and the seven district goals for the project. The main design recommendations fall under three categories: connectivity, open space, and urban block. HRM has agreed to consider the resulting recommendations in the 90 per cent plan.