A builder with a plan to redevelop two apartment highrises in downtown Hamilton has agreed to include more family-sized units and not displace current residents after talks with an inner-city neighbourhood association.
The agreement, hammered out by Greenwin Inc. and the Beasley Neighbourhood Association, will also avert an Ontario Municipal Board showdown over 181 John St. N. and 192 Hughson St. N.
The developer says its revised plan will allow for a minimum of 35 three-bedroom units in the buildings, which is 25 more than originally proposed.
“The Beasley Neighbourhood Association is pleased to arrive at a mutually agreed-upon solution,” association member Rob Fiedler told councillors at Tuesday’s planning committee meeting.
The association had initially taken Greenwin to task for a plan that reduced the number of three-bedroom units in the two buildings, raising concern that families there would be displaced.
The city’s committee of adjustment then denied a minor variance that would have allowed the developer to carry out the plan. Greenwin appealed to the OMB.
On Tuesday, Brad Clark, a former councillor and MPP, told councillors he’d represented the neighbourhood association in talks with Greenwin to reach an agreement that would allow families to stay put and increase the number of three-bedroom units.
Article and image source: The Hamilton Spectator