After investing in the 400-bed William Thomas Student Housing Complex, the Labourers' Pension Fund of Central and Eastern Canada is ramping up its foray into Hamilton's downtown core with a $300 million residential development. Two 30-storey towers planned for the corner of King and Hughson streets would put an indelible stamp on a skyline that has historically been mainly free of skyscrapers. 

A rendering of the two proposed towers, image via Graziani & Corazza Architects

To be located at the former site of Kresge's Department Store and Delta Bingo, the development allocates space for 500,000 square feet of residences situated atop a five-storey podium containing 20,000 square feet of retail across King Street and King William. The tower fronting King William will house condominiums, while the other tower, of equal stature, will hold rentals. 

Graziani & Corazza Architects, the firm behind Canada's tallest condominium, has designed the pair of contemporary highrises and has affixed them to the ground via a base that evokes the brick-clad historical buildings of the core. The project team, which includes the Hi-Rise Group, Urban Solutions Planning and Land Development Consultants, and Michael Spaziani Architect Inc, is currently going through rezoning of the site from commercial to commercial/residential. 

A brick podium references the downtown's historical buildings, image via Graziani & Corazza Architects

Construction could begin as early as next summer if all goes according to plan. Additional images and information can be found in the Database file linked below. Want to get involved in the discussion or share your photos? Check out the associated Forum thread or leave a comment in the field provided at the bottom of this page.

Related Companies:  Graziani + Corazza Architects, LIUNA