Radical social housing redevelopment pitched for Hamilton’s east end

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Developers propose working with CityHousing on huge mix of social housing, townhouses, condos

By Matthew Van Dongen

CityHousing Hamilton is exploring an unprecedented east end redevelopment pitch to transform Roxborough school and nearby social housing into a mixed-income community of hundreds of townhomes, apartment units and condos.

The public-private vision is being floated by developers who bought the closed school, which sits in a neighbourhood full of nearly 60-year-old row houses and bungalows owned by the city’s social housing provider.

The original plan was a simple residential redevelopment of the school site, said Tim Welch, consultant for partners Urbancore Developments, builder Carriage Gate Homes and property manager Effort Trust. But after talks with the ward councillor, the group decided to approach CityHousing about developing “a master plan for the whole neighbourhood,” he said.

The proposal would combine the school and nearby social housing into a 13-acre parcel south of Roxborough Park that could host up to 500 housing units, depending on building density and height.

 

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Article and image source: The Hamilton Spectator

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