Meadowlands Skyscraper!

By Jason Leach
Published March 23, 2007

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.

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 Frank (registered) | Posted March 27, 2007 at 12:35:57

Hey Jay, if I'm not mistaken I spoke to you regarding this project a while ago. Unforunately it was a lot of work getting it approved. Glad to see it's going ahead...finally.

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