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Hamilton land swap enables affordable housing build

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Hamilton land swap enables affordable housing build

HAMILTON, ONT. — The Ontario government has announced a plan to partner with the City of Hamilton to build hundreds of rental units on surplus provincial land in downtown Hamilton with at least 20 per cent of the housing meeting affordability goals.

A new development at 191 York Blvd. in downtown Hamilton is expected to consist of new residential towers and retail space, said a May 3 media statement.

The project will be built close to public transit, including two GO stations and the future Hamilton LRT. Community Living Hamilton, an organization that offers services for people with developmental disabilities, will be offered space in the complex.

The plan will see the province selling surplus provincial land on Fennell Avenue West near Auchmar Road, the site of the former Hamilton Psychiatric Hospital, to the City of Hamilton. In exchange, the province will contribute the proceeds of the sale for affordable housing on the York Boulevard site.

Ron McKerlie, president of Mohawk College, with much of its campus on Fennell Avenue, said in the statement securing new property as part of the land exchange will permit the college to expand the campus.

“I am excited about this new development — we’re building much-needed rental housing, community space and new retail in the heart of downtown Hamilton, so people can afford to find homes and raise their families right here in the community they love,” said the Minister of Housing and Minister Responsible for the Poverty Reduction Strategy Peter Milczyn in the statement.

Hamilton is also receiving funding from the province to provide development charge rebates to developers who agree to build new rental housing.

The city will receive $6.8 million over five years to encourage the construction of communities that are accessible, walkable and close to transit, the statement said.

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