Comment 74766

By H+H (registered) - website | Posted February 27, 2012 at 08:35:23

Putting residential in the West Harbour looks to be too costly, given what we have been told by people at the City of Hamilton. On the other hand, I would have preferred they spend the $10 million they took from the Future Fund for the Mac Family Medical Clinic and had used it for soil remediation (not to mention the additional $10 million they have given to the project).

I think putting commercial and residential above big box stores is a much better idea than what happens now. There is absolutely no reason there couldn't be 8 floors (2 commercial, 6 residential) above any Walmart or Home Depot or Costco right now. I probably wouldn't choose to live there, but that's the thing, it's about choice.

Others have said it already, but the Centre Mall re-imagined as a true mix of retail, commercial and residential could have resulted in something much better than the corporate store design model that seemingly all retailers (including Shoppers Drug Mart, any of the banks) prefer. It makes it much easier for the developer to sign the deal without having to negotiate the idea that office space and apartments/condos will sit on top of the store.

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