Neighbours reach compromise with Greenwin to keep more family-friendly apartments

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A new deal between a property management company and the Beasley Neighbourhood Association involving apartments on John St. and Hughson St. means Hamilton families living there won’t be kicked out of their homes.

The Beasley Neighbourhood Association (BNA) has reached a compromise with Greenwin Inc., a company that planned to phase out all but 10 of its three-bedroom apartments at 181 John and 192 Hughson St. The move, the BNA feared, was designed to push out lower-income families and replace them with singles and urban professionals.

Right now, the buildings have 65 three-bedroom units. Greenwin, in its renovations, planned to reduce that to 10. The compromise is 35 three-bedroom units, and at least 25 per cent of apartments being two bedrooms. It also includes letting existing tenants stay.

It’s a compromise that will keep some of the families housed. It also prevents a long, drawn out battle at the Ontario Municipal Board.

“We traveled a long way in a short time and surprised even ourselves,” said Rob Fiedler from the BNA.

It marks a finish line for an issue that for two years, had residents fearing for their futures.

In 2015, the Social Planning and Research Council held a community meeting with residents who felt they were being shoved out.

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Article and image source: CBC Hamilton

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