Hamilton politicians have approved a new condominium development in Stoney Creek’s lakeshore area.
A four-storey, 106-unit residential condo development at 560 Grays Road is set to break ground likely next summer.
"We still have a formal site plan approval to go through and the marketing of the project will have to start," said John Ariens, of IBI group, who are the project planners and engineering consultant.
Silvestri Homes is the builder and the structure will have 188 parking spaces for owners and visitors — 133 underground and 56 spots above ground as well as various amenities.
The development will be on 1.07 hectares of land, which is 3.4 kilometres from the soon-to-be-constructed GO station at Centennial Parkway, which will bring relief to commuters, Ariens added. The closest GO stations at present for Stoney Creek residents are either downtown Hamilton at Hunter Street East and James Street, or the Aldershot station on Waterdown Road, which is on the far west side of Burlington.
Grays Road is right off of the QEW, so a noise barrier will be installed for the comfort and peace of owners, Ariens noted.
He recently told members of Hamilton's planning committee that as well as the noise barrier, there will be extensive green space.
The development is 3.3 kilometres from Confederation Park, which is home to activities such as batting cages, mini-golf, Wild Waterworks wave pool and splash pad, a banquet hall and popular restaurants.
According to Ward 10 Councillor Maria Pearson, "The land was originally owned by the Ontario Realty Corporation/Province and was declared surplus back around 2010. The developer came forward originally with a 36 townhouse development."
After some opposition from neighbours the developer "went back to the drawing board" and came forward with the condo proposal.
In close proximity of the building, there is a small strip plaza to the east at Green Road and a Walmart and other stores on the south side of the QEW.
There is still, however, some objection from area residents who are not pleased about having to live next door to a large residential development.
According to some in the neighbourhood, their concern is the already high traffic volume in the area.
Pearson hosted four public meetings on the development that were attended by nearby residents and acknowledged there are traffic issues, but as the population in the area increases, it will trigger the city to establish a bus route, she said.
"I have advised residents over the years that I need riders to bring the numbers up for a dedicated transit line to be scheduled to serve the North Service Road Area," she explained.
"Since 2003 I have been meeting with my director of transit annually to see if the numbers are getting closer. I can only hope with the intensification that is going on in this area (over 1,100 units approved from Green Road to Millen Road alone) that transit is not far away."
According to Ariens the cost of the project is yet to be determined as is the cost of individual units and the number of jobs it will generate.