Hamilton’s long-running brownfield remediation program is being expanded.
Designed to breathe new life into the city’s industrially contaminated past, the program has led to more than 3,300 residential units and upwards of 1.9-million square feet of industrial, commercial and institutional space.
Since 2001, the Environmental Remediation and Site Enhancement Community Improvement Plan (ERASE) has provided financial incentives to help redevelop about 206 acres of polluted land, which includes a student residence where a paint store and dry cleaners once were and a mid-rise condominium erected on the site of a former auto shop, gas station, trucking company, and manufacturer.
“So far, redevelopment has worked out to about $18 of private-sector investment for every $1 in city assistance and promises $11 million a year in new tax revenue,” writes the Hamilton Spectator’s Teviah Moro.
The full story is available online at https://www.thespec.com/news/hamilton-region/2023/04/26/redevelopment-polluted-land.html