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…

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…

New Builds in Downtown Burlington

Provincial legislation has encouraged a culture-shift in Burlington. Landlocked by the Greenbelt, Burlington has seen a number of high-density buildings created around mobility hubs. Location on the western edge of Lake Ontario, downtown Burlington has seen multiple new builds. Each new development offering a mix of residential, retail and public amenities. Bridgewater Residences rise from…

Buildings Reach New Heights in Midtown Burlington

Driving down Plains Road gives a unique view of Midtown Burlington’s newest development. A new complex that promotes a culture-shift in Burlington nears the final stages of construction for Phase-1; a 20-storey condo tower. Provincial legislation, like the Greenbelt, promotes denser development in urban-areas by limiting ‘greenfield’ land available for new builds. Burlington has reached…

LiUNA Project Redevelops former Kresge Site

Demolition of the former Kresge building is underway. As parts of the building are chipped away by a excavator, the site is prepared for a new residential development in downtown Hamilton. The building at the corner of King and Hughson has sat vacant since the closing of Delta Bingo.   The former Kresge building will…

Peter George Centre for Living and Learning

As summer draws near construction season has begun. Dump-trucks and diggers are a common site on McMaster University’s campus as construction crews ready the foundation for a new student residence. New Building Adds Modern Edge to North Campus At twelve stories the Peter George Centre for Living and Learning will take McMaster University to new…

Greenbelt: Gateway to Denser Development

Each new development is influenced by government legislation, zoning, by-laws and land-use plans can dictate how a new developments are created. For decades, cities in the Golden Horseshoe prioritized development on ‘greenfield’ land. Suburban developments extended city limits in sprawling new developments. Low-density neighbourhoods were created with few services including: transit and commercial space. As…

3-Storey Housing Trends in the Bay Area

Back-to-back townhomes are a new trend in the Bay Area. A different take on row houses these properties feature multiple 3-storey units that share a back wall. Suburban areas like Waterdown are seeing tremendous infill and new development projects using these designs. However, this may not be the best use of scarce land. Provincial Pressures…

Pin-striped Building Adds Colour to the Core!

Sounds of construction echo off the hi-rises in the core. Walking along James St. North it’s hard to miss the flurry of construction at the William Thomas building. As this build rises, a new floor added each week, it nears it’s full height of 21-stories. LIUNA and partner Hi-Rise Group are developing the lot beside…