5% of housing within the Pier 8 development will be set aside for “affordable units”.
West Harbour Project Manager Chris Phillips stresses that it was an issue they heard about over and over again during public consultation process.
It would amount to between 50 and 75 affordable units as part of the project, and the target has been approved by members of the city’s general issues committee.
Councillor Matthew Green says it’s about time we “stop talking about affordable housing and start implementing it”.
John Arians, speaking on behalf of Habitat for Humanity Hamilton, has also spoken in support of the approach which he says will result in a “truly diverse and integrated, inclusive neighbourhood”.
The affordable housing target is part of a plan of development for the lands at Pier 8 along the west harbour which have been approved by city councillors.
The strategy calls for the entire project to be awarded to a single developer on a staged basis, which planners say will allow the city better “control” over its vision.
The first step is a request for qualifications. That will be followed by a request for proposals and ultimately an awarding of a contract to the successful developer in 2018.
Mayor Fred Eisenberger calls it “Hamilton’s opportunity to do the creative, innovative design and landmark development that really speaks to what we want to be” as a city.
The plans call for up to 16 hundred residential units, along with commercial and institutional uses, but public access will be maintained with almost 40% of the land dedicated to “open space”.