On December 10th CityHousing Hamilton (“CHH”), together with the Jamesville Redevelopment Corporation and Indwell Community Homes hosted a Neighbourhood Open House. This event was held to gather community feedback regarding the redevelopment of the existing 91-unit townhome complex and adjacent lands northeast of the intersection of Bay Street North and Strachan Street West.

CHH accepted applications during a detailed RFP process, through which the preferred qualified proponent, Jamesville Redevelopment Corporation and Indwell, were selected. The Jamesville Redevelopment Corporation is made up of four development firms: Marz Homes, FRAM + Slokker, Melrose Investments Inc., and Homes by DeSantis.

Jamesville is a unique city-building opportunity and the plan to do so is both ambitious and calculated. The RFP required that the existing townhouse complex be replaced with a minimum of 46 rent-geared-to-income (RGI) units that would be owned and operated by CHH. It also required the provision of at least 45 additional affordable rental units. The preferred qualified proponents have committed to providing a greater number of affordable rental units than the minimum requirement. The RFP allowed for the inclusion of market-rate dwellings for private ownership.
The plan has been developed with the aim of reimagining Jamesville as a mixed-income community, providing a mix of housing options that caters to a variety of incomes, household configurations, abilities and stages-of-life.

The Open House began with brief opening remarks from Tom Hunter of CHH, Councillor Jason Farr and Frank Giannone of FRAM + Slokker. Informative display panels were posted around the Bennetto Community Centre gymnasium, including the Preliminary Conceptual Site Plan submitted for the RFP. Attendees were given the opportunity to provide feedback directly to Staff, Developers and Consultants. Anyone unable to attend can get more information and share feedback by visiting www.reimaginejamesville.ca.
More public consultations are planned for the future.