The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL -

Hamilton’s water­front is the fo­cus of a $143-mil­lion re­vi­tal­iza­tion over the next decade or more to turn the city’s west har­bour into a more ac­ces­si­ble, com­mu­nity-ori­ented space that will be home to thou­sands of new res­i­dents. The orig­i­nal de­vel­op­ment plan, which was ap­proved seven years ago, in­cludes Piers 6-8, Bayfront Beach and other stretches along Hamilton’s shore­line. Some of the com­po­nents in­clude:

Piers 6-7 — which stretches from the edge of the yacht club and in­cludes the marine unit, the pub­lic docks and for­mer boat stor­age snug­gled up against Pier 8 — is sup­posed to host stores, an ar­ti­sanal vil­lage and pos­si­bly a pub or a ho­tel one day.

Pier 8 is ex­pected to be re­de­vel­oped into a res­i­den­tial neigh­bour­hood. The city has a short­list of would-be re­de­vel­op­ers, in­clud­ing five con­sor­tiums of ar­chi­tects and builders who will be asked to sub­mit de­tailed pro­pos­als for the 5.24-hectare area the city hopes to morph into a new 1,600-unit com­mu­nity with new and com­mer­cial in­sti­tu­tional space. The city says it wants the land to be “shovel-ready” by 2018.

Pro­pos­als for Bayfront Park beyond 2019 in­clude bike, kayak and ca­noe rentals as well as show­er­ing fa­cil­i­ties, a con­ces­sion stand and a play struc­ture.

Long-term plans in­clude a sug­gested façade upgrade for Le­an­der Boat Club to co­in­cide with the har­bour facelift.

At Bayview Park, the big­gest pro­posed change would be a 400-spot un­der­ground park­ing garage meant to help deal with an ex­pected in­crease in har­bour vis­i­tors. This pro­posal is costly and won’t hap­pen be­fore 2021, if at all.

Ma­cassa Bay is ex­pected to see $930,000 in shore­line re­pair and “nat­u­ral­iza­tion” ef­forts to pro­tect fish habi­tat over the next two years.

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