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The Waterfront Evolution –Hamilton is Making Waves

The Waterfront Evolution –Hamilton is Making Waves

The Waterfront Evolution –Hamilton is Making Waves
May 26
10:24 2022

There’s a new attraction in Ontario as the Hamilton Economic Waterfront Development is able to expand. The first phase of public amenities in Hamilton’s ambitious West Harbour redevelopment will soon open.

Hamilton Economic Waterfront Development

The City has invested almost $100 million to pave the way for a future mixed-use development and increased public access to Pier 8. “It is a transformation of the area and a commitment from the City into public spaces at our beautiful waterfront,” said Chris Phillips, manager of the municipal land development office.

“People are drawn to water and we think Hamiltonians and visitors alike will love spending time there.” Upgrades include a new shore wall and flood protection and soil erosion measures from Pier 6 to the end of Pier 8, the installation of underground infrastructure, and fish habitat restoration.

Much more visible to the public is the focal point of the public realm: a new promenade park called Copps Pier at Pier 8. Nods to its industrial past are everywhere in the $6.5-million park, including an overhead gantry crane that will form the framework of a pavillion and walls meant to look like the hulls of cargo Ships. A 30-metre wide walkway runs right up to the water’s edge and there is a playground, games area, seating areas, a wetland garden, a large sandy beach and a lookout point that extends over the water.

Eventually, there will be nine blocks making up 1,500 residential units and 140,000 square feet of commercial space. Sales are expected to begin next year. The overall vision for the project is led by renowned Hamilton-born architect Bruce Kuwabara of KPMB Architects. He is part of Waterfront Shore Partners, a consortium of developers, architects and designers awarded the project after a competitive bid process. In addition to the transformation of Pier 8, a cantilevered kilometre-long boardwalk wraps around a new marina, shops and restaurants at Piers 6 and 7, and new gateway feature entrances will welcome people to the West Harbour.

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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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