The City of Hamilton announced that it has received a $175,000 grant from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) that will be used towards funding a key phase in the Hamilton Bayfront Industrial Area Strategy: the review of brownfield redevelopment opportunities.

The FCM’s Green Municipal Fund grant will support a review of potential land contamination through a Historic Land Use Inventory, the review of brownfield issues, opportunities and options, and potential enhancements to the city’s brownfield redevelopment incentive program (ERASE Community Improvement Plan). The Bayfront Strategy’s study area includes 1,149 hectares of mixed industrial area on the shore of Hamilton Harbour and adjacent to some of Hamilton’s oldest neighbourhoods in the lower city.

The city’s commitment to sustainable development of this area was preceded by the completion of a market opportunities study for the Bayfront Industrial Area in 2015. This work led to the Bayfront Industrial Area Strategy that is now underway to guide the future redevelopment of the area and will include recommendations for land use, urban design, brownfield redevelopment, walking and cycling improvements, municipal infrastructure, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and cultural heritage.

The Bayfront Industrial Area Strategy supports Our Future Hamilton (the City’s new 25-year community vision to 2040); the City of Hamilton Strategic Plan (2016-2025); as well as the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe area.

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