HAMILTON, ONT. — Hamilton’s Planning and Economic Development Committee has endorsed a staff recommendation that a proposal from the Waterfront Shores Corporation be selected for development of the city’s Pier 8 lands.
The plan calls for 1,292 condominium units in 20 buildings, 6,440 square metres of commercial space, 40 per cent parkland and open space, a community hub and a technology incubator that would support green technologies and smart-city programs, stated a recent media release.
The committee decision was taken June 6 and the next stage will be city council consideration, set for June 13. The Waterfront Shores proposal was one of four under consideration by the city following an RFP process.
The Waterfront Shores team is led by Cityzen Development Corporation, Fernbrook Homes Group, GFL Environmental Inc. and Greybrook Realty Partners Inc.
Members of the architectural design team are KPMB Architects, gh3 Inc., Omar Gandhi Architect and superkul.
Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger commented through a statement, “I look forward to seeing the visionary concept of the Waterfront Shores Corporation become a reality for all Hamiltonians — and visitors to our city to enjoy.”
The city will be improving the 5.24 hectare development site beginning this summer with roads and municipal services as well as the Pier 8 Promenade Park, the design for which was selected through a design competition held in late summer 2017, indicated the statement.
The housing component of the proposal includes at-grade townhouses on all eight residential blocks. Five per cent of the units will be administered as affordable housing by Habitat for Humanity Hamilton.
The street-level commercial component is targeted to include health and wellness spaces, restaurants, a fresh food market and personal services.
The statement said the proposal will be seeking LEED Gold certification and WELL Building certification.
The developers will aim to incorporate wastewater heat recovery, geothermal heating and cooling, solar photovoltaics and battery storage micro-grids.