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Hamilton Economic Development

Investment Highlights

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McMaster Downtown Health Campus
Main Street West
A new McMaster Health Campus is being built in downtown Hamilton and is expected to be completed in 2014. When completed, the $80 million McMaster Health Campus will be a hub for students, teaching, patient care and research, seeing up to 54,000 patient visits every year and allowing 15,000 Hamiltonians now without a doctor to have a family physician. It will bring 4,000 McMaster students downtown and serve as home to 450 McMaster employees.
Residences of Royal ConnaughtIn March 2013, Valery Homes (http://www.valeryhomes.com/) and Spallacci Group (http://www.spallaccigroup.com/), announced the development of the historic former hotel, Royal Connaught, into 700 condo units over five phases. It is expected that the first phase will be completed by 2015. (http://www.royalconnaught.com/builders-story.html)
123 James Street North OfficesConstruction has begun on a new $10 million, 3-storey, 36,000 sq ft commercial building providing office and retail space at the northwest corner of James Street North and Vine Street. The building will be completed by June 2014.
The Corktowns
GS Maher Property Holdings Ltd.
Construction of seven new townhomes has broken ground and will be completed by the end of 2013. The 12 ft wide, 3 storey limestone-style design homes is located in the heart of the Corktown neighborhood with great access to GO transit and city bus routes. (http://www.corktowns.ca)
137-149 Main St West
Jackson Hospitality Inc.
A new 73 unit, 7-storey apartment building will soon be under construction in downtown Hamilton. This $10 million project will provide high-quality rental apartments in the city’s core.
Nations Fresh Food Supermarket
Jackson Square
A new full-service 55,000 square feet supermarket - the first in decades for Downtown Hamilton - opened summer 2013. Nations Fresh Foods, owned by Oceans Fresh Food is located in Jackson Square. Nation’s flagship store features a large selection of international meals freshly made and ready to take home or eat in.
Empire Times
Core Urban Inc.
KingWilliam/Hughson Streets
Complete renovation of two buildings to include a ground floor restaurant and rooftop patio and open work spaces is currently underway.
The Seedworks Urban OfficesFunky co-working spaces have been developed at the site of the former Tregunno Seeds building, a brick and beam building dating from the 1890’s.
Anchor Bar
Jackson Square
Buffalo’s legendary Anchor Bar opened its first location in Canada in downtown Hamilton. Known for its famous Buffalo wings, it opened to great anticipation on February 1, 2013.
Homewood Suites by Hilton Hotels
Main Street West
A new upscale, 182 room all-suites hotel is under construction in downtown Hamilton on Main Street West. It is a $35 million investment and will be completed by the fall 2013.
Metrolinx,
Government of Ontario Agency
James Street North
Metrolinx announced that a new GO Station will be built in downtown Hamilton on James Street North and will be completed in time for the 2015 Pan Am Games. The plan is to offer two-way, all-day train service in the Greater Toronto area, with eventual service to St. Catharines and Niagara Falls.
Staybridge Suites
Caroline Street South
The upscale all-suites hotel opened in the summer of 2012 creating 129 new rooms in the downtown and an investment of approximately $20 million.
City Square Phases 1, 2 and 3, Dundurn Edge Developments Inc. and New Horizon Homes
Robinson Street
The City Square Condominiums project consists of 3 towers in total. The first phase of sixty-six Art Deco-inspired condos in the heart of the Durand heritage district in downtown Hamilton sold out during its preview opening. It was ready for occupancy in spring 2013 while ninety-nine Tower 2 condo suites are being almost sold out as well and is scheduled for completion by the end of 2013 (http://newhorizonhomes.ca/condos/city-square/building/). Site preparation has now begun for Tower 3.
Bella Towers Phase 1
Vrancor Group
Main Street West
Preparation work has begun on the former Federal Building on Main Street West which will see a 7 storey addition on top of the existing 5 storey structure and the creation of 142 condo apartments. Completion is expected in 2014.
Witton Lofts
Core Urban Inc.
Murray Street
This project converted the former McIlwraith School into 36 luxury loft-style condos overlooking the harbour with an investment of $10 million and was completed in summer 2013.
Acclamation Lofts
James Street North
Development of 60 upscale condominiums is planned to be completed in 2014 investing $15 million into the downtown. The completed project will also provide underground parking, a banquet centre, new restaurant, offices and retail.
Good Shepherd Centre
King Street West
A $55 million campus of four buildings was completed summer 2012. This complex consists of four buildings: a 51,000 sq ft Women’s Services facility with transitional housing around an enclosed garden courtyard, an apartment building containing senior’s apartments over a main floor Wellness Centre, a third apartment building with family apartments over a large main floor of program and activity space and a small three-storey family apartment building.
Stinson School Lofts
Stinson Street
A $15 million project renovating a historic school in downtown Hamilton will provide 75 loft condo units in late 2013.
Urban West Condos
New Horizon Homes
Aberdeen Avenue
New condo project of 33 suites and was completed in early 2013.
Treble Hall Restoration
King Street East and John Street North
Restoration is well underway of the historic Treble Hall, an 1879 structure built in the Renaissance Revival Style. It is expected to be completed by 2014. Approximately $2 million will be invested into the restoration project.
NetAccess
CIBC Commerce Place on King Street West
After 11 years in the historic One Main St. East location, NetAccess has moved to a new facility in CIBC Commerce Place on King St. West. The transition marks 2010 as a new chapter in the development of NetAccess, one of Canada’s oldest remaining independent Internet Service Providers. The new corporate head office is designed to enhance close interdepartmental collaboration in order to provide the highest levels of customer service and support.
Hamilton City Hall
71 Main Street West
Restorations to City Hall were completed in June 2010, blending the building’s proud heritage with new and modern amenities to meet current building codes, accessibility and energy standards. The work that began in 2008 preserves the style and features of the original Stanley Roscoe design first conceptualized in 1960. Renovations were made to the eight-storey, 170,000 square foot structure as well as to the ancillary parking facility and surrounding forecourt area.
Farmers’ Market & Central Library on York BoulevardYork Boulevard was revitalized as Central Library and the Hamilton Farmers’ Market were updated. New features include a green living wall and nearly 50 public access computers in the library, a demonstration kitchen in the Market, and a glass façade with programmable LED lights. Along with other renovations such as the restoration of Birks Clock, the changes create an inviting downtown core. The upgrades are complemented by the two-way conversion of the road and new streetscaping.
St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton’s Perioperative Surgical Program on Charlton Avenue EastSt. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton unveiled its new and innovative Surgical Centre in September 2011 located on the North East corner of St. Joseph's Drive and James Street South. St. Joseph’s $72 million dollar project features 12 new operating rooms, 24 post-anesthesia care beds, a 50 bed day surgery unit, a minor procedures area, a new sterile processing department. The new operating rooms are some of the most technologically advanced in North America and have been designed to suit the needs of St. Joseph's many surgical specialties. The new Centre nearly doubles the architectural footprint of the Hospital’s current surgical facilities.
Lister Block Building on James Street NorthLabourers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) completed the restoration of the Lister Block building in 2012, which was then subsequently purchased by the City of Hamilton. The City of Hamilton’s Community Services Department occupies the upper floors of the building, with Tourism Hamilton and retail space located on the ground floor.
MacNab Transit Terminal on 1 McNab StreetConstruction was completed in 2010 for a modern downtown transit terminal featuring green and innovative elements such as a green roof and heated platform, as well as new shelters, public washrooms and enhanced accessibility for wheelchairs and bicycles. The new terminal is the first stage of a master plan to revitalize the Gore area in the downtown core.
Hydromantis Environmental Software Solutions Inc. on 1 James Street SouthHydromantis is a world-class environmental consulting firm and global leader in the development and deployment of wastewater and water treatment plant software. In 2010, the firm announced a partnership with a consulting and project management division in Cambridge which will propel the growth of the company. The downtown office employs 12 individuals and is expected to double in 2011, reinforcing Hydromantis as an important part of Hamilton’s Clean-Technology sector.
National Academy of Health and Business on 31 King Street EastIn November 2010, the Academy opened its new office at 31 King Street East (the former Woolworth Building) occupying 7,194 square feet on the second floor with plans for further expansion. The Academy currently employs 12 individuals with 40 students attending courses annually. The infusion of students and staff to the downtown will support the surrounding businesses. The college offers up to 15 diploma level programs in the areas of Healthcare, Business and Law Enforcement.
Aragon Properties Ltd., the building owner, was the first applicant under the new Hamilton Downtown Office Tenancy Assistance Program.
West Avenue ResidencesLocated within the Barton Village BIA, the adaptive reuse of the former West Avenue School to residential use provides a great example of historical preservation. Spallacci Contracting Inc. converted the property that is designated under the Ontario Heritage Act into 21 rental apartments comprised of Bachelor, One Bedroom and Two Bedroom apartments, and six town house units ranging from 290 to 920 square feet. Architectural features were retained as part of the reconstruction, creating a unique living space. The construction cost was over $5 million for the 26,500 square foot project. The development was approved for a grant under the Hamilton Heritage Property Grant Program as well as the Commercial Corridor Housing Loan and Grant Program, and will assist in transforming this area of the City.
College Boreal on King Street WestThe francophone community college moved to the Standard Life Building on King Street West in November 2010. The college employs 25 individuals and presently has over 125 students enrolled in a variety of programs. The new fully-accessible downtown location has the first French-speaking Child-Minding Centre outside of Ottawa, and is conveniently located steps away from the new MacNab Bus Terminal.
One very successful program, A.C.E., offers training to adults who do not have an Ontario Secondary School Diploma, or need skills upgrading. A.C.E. is considered the equivalent of Grade 12 for admission to college studies.

College Boreal joins over 20 public and private educational institutions located in Downtown Hamilton, ranging from elementary and secondary schools to university-level and career colleges.
232 Cannon Street EastOnce home to the Canada Post Distribution Centre, the South-East corner of Cannon and Wellington Streets now houses an 18,917 square foot Shoppers Drug Mart and 5,465 square feet of medical offices that occupy the second level of the newly constructed building. Pocrnic Realty Advisors Inc. redeveloped the property at a cost of $3,410,680. The development provides much needed amenities to the area, and was approved for a grant under the Hamilton Downtown Property Improvement Grant Program.
Pipeline StudiosPipeline Studios, with over 60 staff and professionals, moved to Hamilton from Oakville in June of 2011. This animation firm specializing in 2D and 3D animation, purchased a building in Hess Village downtown for their base of operations.
Chuck Gammage on James Street North
Chuck Gammage Animation moved to Hamilton from Toronto in July of 2011. Chuck Gammage's 10 staff are now located in the heart of the James North Arts District in downtown Hamilton.

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