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Church or Condo?

Church or Condo?

Church or Condo?
July 09
16:22 2015

An ambitious project coming to 98 James Street South in Hamilton – Stanton Renaissance will turn a historic church into a mixed-use development that aims to be mindful of the community’s needs while re-purposing the building.

The James Street Baptist Church, one of Hamilton’s oldest churches and architectural icons was built between 1878 and 1882 and was designed by the renowned Architect Joseph Connolly in the Gothic Revival style. It is in honouring the Architect and Architecture that Stanton Renaissance has proudly named this exciting 30-storey mixed use development “The Connolly.”

The Connolly will also maintain a number of its historical features. Stanton Renaissance has hand-selected a significant number of stones to be re-implemented into the building. The condo development will also feature Geothermal and Cogeneration technologies to provide heating and cooling that provides low-cost utilities with a minimal environmental impact.

“When designing a development project, we take a holistic approach looking at the social, environmental, and economic benefits that are brought to a community,” says Louie Santaguida, President at Stanton Renaissance. “We have been on the cutting edge of this phenomenon. We are an advocate of best technology practices, with no environmental impacts, lower operating costs, and increased quality of living.”

Quality of living and being a sound investment is at the heart of this development. The convenience of the location is considerable and well-situated for those who prefer walking, biking or taking public transit – earning an impressive 98 out of 100 Walk Score, where you can take care of daily errands on foot. If you’re planning on taking a trip outside of town the Hamilton GO Centre is literally a block down the street.

Hamilton is creating a wealth of work in the knowledge sector, with expanded educational and health institutions, providing investors with a solid rental market. In June, Hamilton was among the top cities singled out by the Real Estate Investment Network as the best places to invest in Ontario.

McMaster University’s new downtown health campus, currently under construction at Main and Bay Street, is right around the corner. St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, a teaching hospital, also calls James Street South home. The Art Gallery of Hamilton and the city’s famous artistic corridor James Street North, Hamilton General Hospital, McMaster University’s Innovation Park, and Mohawk College – are all just a five-minute drive away.

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Lloyd Stevens has been writing Canadian business news for over 20 years with articles appearing in Perspective which appears in The Globe & Mail and contributing to and

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