Grimsby water­front condo ex­pected to be com­pleted this fall

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - ALEXANDRA HECK

GRIMSBY — The first water­front condo pro­posed for Grimsby’s east end was sup­posed to be fin­ished in May, but due to con­struc­tion de­lays, will be done in Septem­ber.

LJM devel­op­ments pres­i­dent Li­aquat Mian says the first phase of the three-part project was sup­posed to be fin­ished in May, but last year, the dry­walling crew went on strike, and con­struc­tion teams also had to deal with in­clement weather.

“The en­vi­ron­ment by the lake is very chal­leng­ing,” said Mian.

Given the scale and am­bi­tion of the first por­tion, the de­vel­oper ex­plained that four months is not a sig­nif­i­cant set­back.

“Right now, we are in­stalling kitchens in the lower floors,” he said. The first phase of the devel­op­ment is one of the largest and most com­pli­cated, he says, in­clud­ing all of the un­der­ground park­ing for both Phase 1 and two, as well as the ameni­ties build­ing.

“A lot of fa­cil­i­ties are be­ing done in Phase 1,” he said. The lower por­tion of the build­ing will have a den­tal of­fice, an Ital­ian restau­rant, a con­ve­nience store, and a gym.

“The roof gar­den has to be done,” he said, which is to be built on top of the ameni­ties build­ing, which is ex­pected to be en­tirely fin­ished by the end of Oc­to­ber.

The fi­nal six floors of the sec­ond phase are cur­rently be­ing chal­lenged in an OMB ap­peal, but Mian says the rest of the build is un­en­cum­bered by the hear­ing.

That por­tion is 85 per cent sold and will be fin­ished next year.

The OMB hear­ing date is set for Oct. 27.

Mian could not con­firm if con­dos in the six floors that are be­ing ap­pealed will be sold be­fore the hear­ing.

“The mar­ket­ing peo­ple have plans for it,” he said.

Sha­h­er­yar Mian, Li­aquat’s son, says that the OMB hear­ing will not af­fect the sale of the con­dos from a mar­ket­ing per­spec­tive.

He says they are aiming to sell the top six floors in an ex­clu­sive VIP event dur­ing a launch this fall.

He says that he could not com­ment on whether they would re­bate clients their de­posits in the event that the OMB rules against them, but did say that he be­lieves that would be an un­likely sce­nario.

“The other side, they don’t re­ally have a case,” he said.

Phase 3 is set to be started next year. LJM has devel­op­ments in Hamil­ton, Burling­ton, and Stoney Creek, but Mian says they are fo­cus­ing on Grimsby and ex­pand­ing into Ni­a­gara.

“From here, we’ll move to­ward Lin­coln, to­ward Ni­a­gara,” he said, adding he plans to build his pri­vate res­i­dence on the water­front in be­tween Grimsby and Lin­coln.

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