Hamilton affordable housing project one step away from approval

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Published January 17, 2024 at 4:11 pm

Rendering (north elevation) of a proposed 60-unit affordable housing project on Emerald Street

Just final approval from Council stands in the way of a 60-unit affordable housing project in the Stinson neighbourhood just east of central Hamilton after the City’s Planning Committee gave it their seal of approval Tuesday.

Realty Holdings and owner David Joy is hoping to turn the former Emerald Lodge at 83-85 Emerald Street into 60 units of housing, with rents set at 80 per cent of the market rate, utilities included and all units coming furnished, with the first floor units in the three-floor building fully accessible.

One local resident called the proposal a “well thought out plan to bring much needed affordable housing to the city” in a letter to the committee.

The plan is to retain part of the façade of the building and add a 555 square metre addition to the rear of the property.

About 30 people attended an open house last year and committee members received 17 letters in opposition to the project, with most citing the potential for reduced property values.

83-85 Emerald Street

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