LIUNA has unveiled big plans for the William Thomas site.
Details of the $40-million project were announced Wednesday morning at a ground breaking ceremony along James Street North.
The 20-storey development will house an estimated 375 tenants.
LIUNA’s Joseph Mancinelli says the building will be used for students from McMaster University, Mohawk College as well as visiting academics.
Top level floors will house apartment style units for visiting students and post grads, while the floors below will look more like a standard student residence for those coming from McMaster and Mohawk.
General Manager of Planning and Economic Development, Jason Thorne, says it has been the city’s long standing goal to get students downtown.
Thorne adds not only will this stimulate the downtown core it could also lead to spinoff success.
The student housing project is slated to open in 2018.
In addition to the $40-million student building, LIUNA also has plans to redevelop the former Delta Bingo site at King and Hughson.
(photo courtesy of @JasonThorne_RPP)