I went to the public meeting showing the plans for McMaster's Innovation Park on the former Camco site at Aberdeen and Longwood, and the plans look amazing.
Building heights are in the four to ten storey range and include green roofs, a linear pond with water features, parks and café patios crossing the entire site. The design also allows for rainwater runoff to chedoke creek.
The plan features bike lanes, street parking on Longwood, and wide sidewalks, with mixed use along Longwood too - restaurants, cafes, athletic clubs, and so on. There's a possible hotel and conference centre on the 403 side of the site.
An interior view shows funky architecture, a three or four story staircase twisting and suspending high over the lobby, and lots of cool glas, steel, curves, and angles.
Very cool designs, very sustainable and green. The guide told me, "If you like bike lanes, you'll like this project. We'll put them in and through our site and then try to get the city to connect the dots, i.e. to westdale and Mac, Cootes Paradise, Aberdeen Neighbourhood and downtown."
There are bike locks, lockers and showers in every building, and a new east/west street that will line up exactly with the old plant that was preserved. The planners are thinking it could become a possible café/restaurant or museum. The huge old pumps and things inside are apparently pretty neat.
They said they want this to be like a real neighbourhood. Someone could ride their bike there, grab lunch on a patio and read a book in one of the parks along the waterfall features. It should be great.
This entire project has the potential to turn Hamilton on its head.
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