New Brownfield and Intensification Office

By Jason Leach
Published February 02, 2007

Some great news from City Hall: Hamilton is opening a Brownfield and Intensification office to deal specifically with those two huge issues in our development department.

Hamilton has a tremendous opportunity to rebuild our city from within and create new jobs, residences, parkspace and retail opportunities in well-established, walkable neighbourhoods.

One interesting point to note in the attached report: In the past 18 months the city's ERASE (brownfield remediation) program has seen new projects worth $86 million and resulting in the creation of 250 new jobs in projects being built on former brownfield sites.

So much for the claim by an outside consultant who recently stated that no market exists for new companies to locate on Hamilton's brownfields.

I'll gladly take $86 million and 250 new jobs being created in the heart of our city every 18 months.

Jason Leach was born and raised in the Hammer and currently lives downtown with his wife and children. You can follow him on twitter.

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By w willy (registered) | Posted February 06, 2007 at 22:37:09

yes, 250 jobs in 18 months is creating one sixth of the 1,000 jobs a year that Larry the Loser promised in the last election campaign. That's not bad just for brownfields redeveloped through this city fund. Now if only David Sweet would switch out of his current gear of useless and get CANMET to come to the McMaster Innovation Park. Baird is no longer at Treasury Board and so no longer as strategically placed to block the loss of these jobs from the Ottawa area. Unfortunately, Sweet is still missing in action as our local government MP.

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