Mapping Development in the Region

Bay Area Builds chronicles new developments as they are constructed. My blog works to bring awareness of these projects to the community and create a dialogue about architectural design. It can be challenging to visualize where new projects are happening. Therefore, I have created a google map (below) that will be updated as new blog posts…

New Builds in Downtown Burlington: Part 2

Walking in downtown Burlington it’s hard to miss the signs of construction. Urban renewal represents a major consideration of land-use policies in the province. As mentioned in a recent post, the Greenbelt has limited developable land within municipalities. In Burlington, high-rise developments are beginning to reshape the downtown core as the city becomes landlocked. The…

Construction Update: William Thomas Building

LiUNA and partner Hi-Rise Group continue construction on the William Thomas building. Located beside the Lister Block in downtown Hamilton the project represents a significant investment in the core. The building has reached its 21-storey height with crews working quickly to finish the exterior cladding on the structure. Given the location, the building’s height stands…

Hi-Rise Development on George St.

New developments are transforming Hamilton’s architectural landscape. Towering over construction sites, cranes have become a consistent reminder of the impending changes to downtown. Last week, two cranes rose on George Street, signaling that construction has begun on the fifth-phase of the Vrancor Group development. In 2011, the developer began phase-one of the multi-year project containing…

Downtown Hamilton Reaching New Heights

In 1974, Landmark Place opened to the public. The 43-storey building, originally Century 21, remains Hamilton’s tallest building. The modernist structure has been a symbol of past economic vitality in the core. Revitalization of the core has seen developments reaching new heights, rivaling established buildings. Landmark Place has stood solitary for decades, but a neighboring…

LiUNA Project Redevelops former Kresge Site: Part 2

Downtown’s Hamilton streetscape has changed dramatically in recent years. Developments are reaching new heights in the core. As demolition continues at the former Kresge building, it’s hard to imagine the changes being proposed for the site. The project, headed by LiUNA, plans to create a mixed-use development featuring two residential towers, 34-25-stories, retail and commercial…