Well, not really, but at six stories, the proposed hotel/office project planned for the Meadowlands is a fabulous departure from the land-wasting, low density sprawl that has characterized that area since it began to be developed.
This project should be a welcome development by Hamilton City Council. Who knows - it might even turn the tide in the Meadowlands and start getting other land owners to consider how much of their property is wasted by warehouses and empty parking lots.
Do a Google maps search sometime of the Meadowlands and it is quite fascinating to see how large the surface area is of this entire region. A small city of 20 or 30,000 people could have been built out here with a village core similar to downtown Dundas.
Of course, the old town of Ancaster didn¹t help matters any by refusing to allow anything higher than three stories to be built here.
They always cite "historic preservation" as the reason for this bylaw. Forgive me; I didn't realize stucco warehouses and parking lots were protected under the Canada Heritage Act.
Bravo to the developers and property owners of this project. I hope the high level of interest in this project continues and it may become a new model for future suburban growth in Hamilton as we attempt to develop the "nodes and corridors" concept as outlined in GRIDS.
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