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Proposal for three towers at 299-307 John Street South and 97 St. Joseph’s Drive in Hamilton. Developer is Spallacci Homes and the architect is SRN Architects. This is an early application. All renderings and plans here: https://metro.urbanshare.info/the-project/







Might as well have the middle tower go up 5 storeys more . And lower the other two a couple of stories for some hieght diversity!
Sorry but this looks absolutely dreadful. It's a good thing the height was chopped down, this is a case where i'd rather look at the escarpment than this mess.

OLT Sets April 23, 2023 Hearing Start for Spallacci John/Charlton Towers Appeal

The Ontario Land Tribunal will conduct a two week hearing in late April 2023 to decide upon a Spallacci development proposal for three tall buildings at 299-307 John Street South & 97 St. Joseph Drive.

Spallacci wishes to build the towers to be taller than the escarpment at 22, 24 and 25 storeys.

These will be the first tall buildings built near the escarpment since the creation of the Niagara Escarpment Plan’s (NEP) creation in 1985. The surrounding tall buildings were built before the implementation of the NEP. The NEP was created to protect the environment of the escarpment, including ensuring views of the escarpment.

Officially, the developer is appealing for “non-decision” by the City of Hamilton. The primary issues are with the Niagara Escarpment Commission (NEC).

The NEC says the proposal does not comply with the NEP.

“As proposed, the overall height of the three towers represents a significant increase over the maximum allowable building heights for the subject property and exceed the relative height of the Escarpment brow,” reads an NEC report.

“The proposal presents serious concerns associated with compatibility of the development and impact on the existing visual access for the public to the scenery of the Escarpment’s wooded slopes and brow.”

The NEC says the developer needs to lower the heights of the building, and suggests the buildings should only be allowed to the height of the present zoning on the property which varies between 12 to 18 storeys.

The NEC is concerned the approval of this proposal will undermine the Niagara Escarpment Plan and lead to similar tall buildings all the escarpment throughout Ontario.

Hamilton’s Design Review Panel recommended the developer only build two towers on the site. With the developer appealing for non-decision to the OLT, there was no final DPR review.

St. Joseph’s Hospital is an added party to the appeal, the hospital submitted that its interests are impacted by the proposal. The hospital states the proximity of a large number of residential units could cause neighbour complaints regarding noise from the hospital’s mechanical systems, that changes to wind conditions could impact the hospital’s air intakes and exhaust vents, and that the hospital has future expansion plans to increase its density along John Street.

All four parties, the developer, City, NEC, and hospital are to exchange issues lists during the summer.

The OLT will conduct a Case Management Conference on September 19 to consider the procedural order and issues list for the expected ten day hearing scheduled to begin on April 24, 2023.
Yknow until now I didn’t mind this project, and at street level it feels fine- it’s the perfect density. I now have an issue, as it actually obstructs the view of the skyline from Sam Lawrence park far more than I thought. It is a great vista, and I’d be ok with one of these towers being taller in exchange for one or two being shortened to keep the view. Sounds like nimbyism but Spallaci won’t change his plans until forced, so the OLT better say something. You literally lose the entire view of downtown and the city towards Dundas and Burlington at certain angles.
Heh, used to make out with a former fling in the park pictured here, LOL


Sadly, we didn't last long enough to see these archiectural masterpieces light up our bleak existence. The life and possibilities that could have been eh?

Photo cred @Paclo