In 2010 Timothy Tanner returned to Canada having lived in Australia for the previous 20 years. There, he was involved in renovating and restoring a number of residential properties from which grew a desire to repurpose and reclaim buildings of significance.
On his return to Nova Scotia he came across a project that fit well with these interests and he then proceeded to purchase the Convent in Pictou to both save the building from demolition and to fill the demand for superior rental apartments at an affordable price. Jacob Tanner Developments Inc was then established with Tim as the sole owner and director. The building was subsequently turned into 20 one and two bedroom apartments with bamboo flooring, granite counter tops and state of the art stainless steel appliances.
A block of six apartments in Trenton followed and his current project is the development of the Temperance Street School in New Glasgow into 44 one and two bedroom single storey and loft apartments. This redevelopment falls into the saving buildings of significance to the town and ensuring the character and early architecture of Nova Scotia is not lost to the wrecking ball. The main section of the school dates from 1894 and a newer addition was constructed in 1981. While ensuring that the old school and its general appearance are not lost, balconies and windows have been added to accommodate easy living and an open airy outlook.
Modern up-to-date condominiums (in a repurposed significant building) make this, and the Academy project, of great benefit to the town and people of Annapolis Royal, not to mention, savings thousands of tons of rubble from going into landfill.
Tim is committed to development that not only maintains the integrity of the buildings but also creates quality homes for their owners.
This building is currently under a full multi-million dollar renovation and will feature 44 residential units. Jacob Tanner Developments Inc won a public tender and purchased the building from The Town of New Glasgow in May 2015. At the time, the building had been closed for 1 year, having previously been used as the local Junior High School. In May of 2015, demolition to some internal structures began with a full renovation to be completed in August 2016.
The Convent was fully renovated in 2011 to include of 15 x 1 bedroom suites, 3 x 2 bedroom suites and 2 x bachelor suites. Jacob Tanner Developments Inc purchased the building from The Catholic Church in October 2010. At the time the building had been closed for 1 year and had fallen into serious disrepair. In January 2011 demolition to some internal structures began with a full $1,500,000 renovation completed in November of the same year.
Located at Washington Street, New Glasgow, this development will feature 9 individual townhomes, each on their own freehold title. The land was subdivided as part of the Temperance Street School development and incorporates the entire Street Frontage on Washington Street behind the school. The townhomes will feature some similarities to the school such as roofing colour for a harmonized appearance but is a separate development.