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Old Posted Oct 30, 2013, 4:35 AM
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The Life Saver Lofts Condominium | ? | 5 fl | Approved

Life Savers plant to become condo development



A Toronto developer could give a whole new meaning to the phrase "home sweet home" with a five-storey condominium project at the former Life Savers candy plant on Cumberland Avenue.

Archer Development Corp. is proposing to renovate and repurpose the vacant and dilapidated two-floor factory near Sanford Avenue that closed down in 2004. Three floors will be added to the existing structure to create a total of 65 units.

The Life Saver Lofts Condominium Development still requires zoning amendments as well as environmental remediation of the land but the developer expects to start construction in the spring or summer of next year. The nearby city-owned Lifesavers Park will not be affected by the construction.

"I believe this project will be in the best interest of the neighbourhood and the city as a whole," said city councillor Sam Merulla, who was speaking on behalf of Ward 3 councillor Bernie Morelli who is on sick leave.

"Bernie has been working on this for a number of years," he said. "It is a text book example of old meets new development, increasing the residential tax base."

The project will be built on the 1.46 acres (0.59 hectares) of property and have street level and underground parking.

An informal public meeting about the project was held Tuesday night at St. Peter's hospital. But Eldon Theodore, from MHBC, a company hired by Archer Development to guide the project through the planning process, says another more formal meeting will be held at City Hall either late in December or January.

"The developer has been working over the past five years to bring an application forward and they finally have come up with a design and a model that they think will work," said Theodore.

He didn't know the total cost of the project and said the cost per unit is still being worked out.

The Life Savers plant was a fixture in Hamilton for 80 years, employing at its peak more than 100 people. It is remembered for sweet smells of butterscotch, beechnut and other flavours that were sent wafting through the neighbourhood from the production line.

The plant began in 1922 as a division of Beech-Nut of Canajoharie, New York, making chewing gum. Ten years later Beech-Nut and Life Savers amalgamated leading to the Life Savers production moving into the Hamilton plant to supply the Canadian market.

Through the mid-to-late '90s the plant began to backslide with the factory going through a series of different owners. When Kraft Foods took over it announced that all Life Savers for North America were going to be produced at a new mega-plant near Montreal. The last trickle of workers at the Hamilton plant lost their jobs in June 2004.


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Old Posted Oct 30, 2013, 10:45 AM
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Awesome!!! I saw a public notice sign out front of it the other day and thought for sure that it was announcing it's demolition. I'm so glad that someone is going to reuse it
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Awesome!!!

Nope.

Wong response.

Think about it...
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The cease-and-desist will likely arrive before the sales centre is built, leading to the candy-coloured balcony garnishes being recast as flotation devices.

The architect is no stranger to brand rehab. He was also behind Cambridge's Tiger Lofts.

Since this project debuted at St. Peters, should we assume that this is intended to be seniors' housing?
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Are those lifesavers on the balcony? Cute.
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Dare I say...maybe Stinson should get some credit for coming to the area first and making this opportunity come about. I'm not saying a direct relation, but he's put a lot into what appears to be finally finishing up and people moving in?
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WIth those life savers glued to the building, the rendering looks slightly better than blanchard's russian-van-downhill-mountain-bike-parallelogram vision for gore.
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The cease-and-desist will likely arrive before the sales centre is built, leading to the candy-coloured balcony garnishes being recast as flotation devices...
Not understanding your post. Maybe I'm too new to Hamilton and don't know the back story. Cease-and-desist? Why?

UPDATE: Oh never mind! Cease-and-desist on trademark infringement.
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Nope.

Wong response.

Think about it...
The correct response is supposed to be, "Sweet!".

Lifesavers? get it ?

Sorry
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The correct response is supposed to be, "Sweet!".

Lifesavers? get it ?


Sorry
ba-dum-tss!

lol, I get it.
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Hopefully the plan has no holes.

This sounds very promising.
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Old Posted Oct 30, 2013, 8:40 PM
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Another rendering:

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If it's anything like Witton Lofts, I'll be happy.
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Adds decent density. I'll give it that.
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Wasn't something proposed for this property 3 - 5 years ago? Maybe I'm mis-remembering.
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There was a proposal in 2006:
http://www.hamilton.ca/NR/rdonlyres/...17PED06403.pdf
"a potential purchaser of 100 Cumberland Avenue made inquiries of the Planning and Economic Development Department to redevelop the site for townhouse use."

The city expropriated the park, which they had been leasing for $1/yr for $325,000.


The property is still listed for sale $5,500,000 so I'm not sure if the owners are serious about the redevelopment or just hoping to attract a buyer.
http://www.icx.ca/propertyDetails.as...Key=-623656634

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Wasn't something proposed for this property 3 - 5 years ago? Maybe I'm mis-remembering.
Was it this? This is posted on the same site that the new Lifesaver Condominiums renderings are on...

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^It's labelled "Cumberland Ave - Hamilton"
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Yes, that's the one I was thinking of.
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