The Crown corporation formerly known as the Waterfront Development Corporation, Develop Nova Scotia, has published a request for proposals to open a business in what it calls the Salt Yard — the paved area of the waterfront between Sackville and Salter streets.

Develop Nova Scotia wants bids on the 3,000-square-foot space, which includes the old Chowder House kiosk, although that can be removed if the winning bidder doesn’t want to use it.

As first reported by the Halifax Examiner, Develop Nova Scotia will charge a monthly rent of at least $4,000, plus a percentage of sales.

Bidders must offer that much, but they get a higher score if they’ll pay a higher rent. The base rent drops to $2,000 for May and October.

Page said the winner will get a three-year contract to operate the facility from May to October.

Other ways to score higher include showing how the spot could be accessible and environmentally friendly.

Page said since Nova Scotia will ban plastic bags from next year, and more plastic restrictions could follow, bidders will have to come up with something more sustainable than disposable plastic beer cups.

“We see that the plastic bags are only the first step. We’d like to see what their plan is to meet that requirement, but also what other ideas they have around sustainability,” she said. 

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