A great example of urban intensification [PDF] is being presented to the upcoming Planning and Economic Development Committee (EcDev) meeting:
to permit a mixed use building consisting of ground floor commercial uses and 14 two-storey dwelling units on the second and third floors, for the property located at 865 Mohawk Road East [at Upper Ottawa]
It's nothing flashy, nor will it be a new landmark, but it's exactly what Hamilton needs.
Five years ago this piece of land would likely have received the 'one-storey plaza' treatment. This application is asking for ground floor commercial space to have 14 two-storey residential units above on floors two and three.
That's 14 residential units more than we normally see in Hamilton's new retail/commercial buildings. It's a perfect example of how the city can add thousands of new residents without massive high-rises or wasting precious land.
Proposals like this are win-win for everyone, including you and me the taxpayers.
Let's hope the city gets serious about this type of development. Our city is chalk full of plazas and one-storey commercial buildings on main streets with bus service and local shopping amenities.
Perhaps unique tax breaks can be offered to those who develop similar projects. Better yet, let's just start charging appropriate development fees for those who build low-density projects that rely heavily on city subsidies.
PS check out the comments at the bottom of the report. I like the one about this development "towering over" homes in the area. Unless someone is living in a tent next to this site I don't think a three storey building will be "towering" over anything.
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