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Under construction: a new Hamilton waterfront emerging
Matthew Van Dongen
The Hamilton Spectator
Wed., June 9, 2021

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Copps’ Pier

This 30-metre-wide, $6-million public promenade will line the north and east shore walls of Pier 8 and provide a green play space for both harbour visitors and eventual residents of the condos planned for the former industrial pier.

There will be green space, pavilions and playgrounds — some of which you can see taking shape now within a series of artistic metal “ship hull” designs along the water. You can also see artist renderings on the project website — but you shouldn’t have to wait long for the real thing.

The city is still on track to open the promenade by the end of the summer, said waterfront project lead Chris Phillips.

Waterfront Shores Pier 8 community

The streets and bus stops are already roughed in for a long-planned neighbourhood of 1,500 condos, apartments and townhouses on Pier 8 — but you’ll be using the surrounding park long before you see any new homes built.

The city only recently finalized its agreement with development consortium Waterfront Shores, a process that was delayed in part by a long-running tribunal appeal by North End residents over the planned pier makeover.

The consortium hopes to launch presales and provide more project information this fall, said Joe Valela, a principal with consortium partner Tercot Communities. Visible condo construction is likely still a year or two away.

Discovery Centre

The city has pledged to start a public process this year to determine the long-term fate of the centre...

But in the meantime, the city hopes to “animate” the former restaurant’s waterfront patio with temporary food or entertainment options this summer...

A Pier 8 tower?

The city agreed in 2019 to consider zoning changes to allow tall buildings on one block of its planned Pier 8 residential development to settle a legal appeal of the project by a citizen group. The maximum now on the pier is eight storeys.

Waterfront Shores architect and former North Ender Bruce Kuwabara has pitched the idea of a 45-storey “signature tower” on the harbour, but council has yet to consider the idea — and we’re likely months away from a vote.

The next step will see an updated “urban guidelines” study come to councillors, likely within the coming three months.

For sale: waterfront property

The city put four small development blocks up for sale between Piers 5 and 7 last year in the hopes of attracting eventual new restaurants, retail or even a boutique hotel to its reimagined waterfront.

Phillips said the city has attracted interest and “discussions are happening,” but so far the available acreage — which includes the former police marine unit pier and an empty concrete dock near James Street — remains in city hands...

More public pier access

The Hamilton Waterfront Trust is also chipping away at the city’s overarching waterfront master plan, which calls for new boardwalks and bridge links between public pier areas this year.

Macassa Bay

The Hamilton police marine unit has moved into a temporary new home in Macassa Bay, replacing a former private marina and repair business on the eastern end. (The Macassa Bay yacht club remains to the west.) The city is also working on shoreline protection plans for the little bay, but work is not expected to start this year.
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