Mayor Eisenberger believes they’ve reached a “spectacular” compromise towards improving everyone’s waterfront while respecting the needs of the local neighbourhood.
Hamilton’s general issues committee has signed off on a plan for up to 15 hundred residential units along with commercial development and enhanced open space at Piers 7 and 8.
Rob Fiedler of the North End Neighbours stresses not everyone is onside, but overall, he says their association is pleased with the final document.
Fiedler calls it a “mid-rise, medium density development that appears to incorporate good urbanism and quite a number of other attributes”.
Ward 1 Councillor Aidan Johnson agrees it was critical to get this right, calling the waterfront “our most valuable economic resource and our most valuable ecological resource”.
Pending final approval at next week’s meeting of city council, the goal is to have shovels in the ground in 2018. The project will happen in phases over a number of years.