The Project 2017-02-13T14:26:26+00:00

The Project

UrbanSolutions Planning & Land Development Consultants Inc. is the authorized planning consultant acting on behalf of Plaza Imports Limited, the owner of 925 Main Street West, and Columbia International College, the applicant.

The proposal for the subject property is to develop two fifteen (15) storey towers, including a four (4) storey podium. There will be 1,380m² of ground floor commercial space. This space is envisioned to be used by a doctor’s office, sandwich shop/café or laundromat. These uses will cater to both the students/staff in the building and the surrounding residents.

The proposed 456 units will provide beds to 910 students attending Columbia International College. The development will be serviced by 107 parking spaces, found below grade, 50 secure long term bicycle spaces and the reinstallation of SoBi bike share.

The rear of the property will be re-established, creating a stable slope and incorporating playing fields and a passive area for use by the students. This stable slope will allow for the table lands to be developed in an innovative way. It is estimated that the value of the project will be between $40-$60 million. This would generate approximately $500,000-$700,000 annually in municipal taxes.

This project has the potential to demonstrate positive intensification strategies at a key location within the emerging Education District Node, within the Westdale Neighbourhood. The Education District Node encompasses a range of educational and research facilities within the City of Hamilton, including, but not limited to Innovation Park, McMaster University, Westdale Neighbourhood, Columbia International College Campus and student accommodations in the surrounding area.

To facilitate this proposal, applications were submitted to the City of Hamilton in April of 2016, to amend the Urban Hamilton Official Plan and the applicable Zoning By-Law.

The purpose of this website is to provide interested parties with access to the proposed development application details, supporting studies and access to participate in the planning process.