HAMILTON, ONT. — Hamilton citizens have had a chance to review and provide input on the four finalist proposals for the redevelopment of the city’s Pier 8 lands and now a final decision on the winning proposal is up to city council.
The mixed-use proposals from teams GulfDream, Tridel, Waterfront Shores and a partnership of Urban Capital, Core Urban and Milborne Group were unveiled in early April and posted on the city’s website. There were also public presentations. The deadline for public comments has now closed, the city’s website indicated.
Hamilton City Council is expected to vote on a recommended winning proposal in June.
The teams were told to accommodate 1,500 units of housing including an affordable housing component and building heights could not surpass eight storeys.
GulfDream’s core team members are Great Gulf Enterprises and Dream Asset Management Corp., and Hariri Pontarini Architects did the design.
GulfDream’s proposal focused on wood construction and sustainability, with LEED Gold certification to be sought across the whole development, its presentation said. It would be the largest mixed-use, mid-rise, urban wood community in North America.
Tridel Builders worked with architectsAlliance as its lead designer.
Its presentation described a community appealing to diverse residents, including artisans and entrepreneurs, young families, new Canadians, empty nesters and elders. All parking would be underground and a series of courtyards and green spaces would promote walking and cycling. Brick and limestone would be featured building materials.
The Urban Capital group consists of Urban Capital Property Group, Core Urban Inc. and Milborne Real Estate Group as core team members with RAW Design and Saucier + Perotte as lead architects.
The team’s plan includes an Urban Commons with institutional partners such as the Hamilton Public Library and the YWCA and also calls for autonomous shuttles and street-side EV chargers to service Pier 8 and the surrounding neighbourhood. There would be an Alt Hotel and spaces to promote Hamilton’s burgeoning food scene.
The proposal also calls for geothermal energy.
Waterfront Shores has Cityzen Development Corp., Fernbrook Homes Group, GFL Environmental Inc. and Greybrook Realty Partners Inc. as core members and the design is by KPMB Architects.
Its plan presents a focus on the “ground plane” to create walkability through strategic use of sidewalks, laneways, semi-private courtyards and pedestrian paths linked block to block. A network of 197 townhouses and units at grade has been designed to provide private outdoor space adjacent to the public realm, said the development team, and the proposal aims to keep over 40 per cent of the site as open space.