A $34 million renovation of an 18-story skyscraper has created 146 new affordable housing units for seniors in North Hamilton.
City and federal government officials cut the ribbon Friday morning to mark the completion of the project on MacNab Street North, which overlooks the West Harbor.
Newly elected Liberal MP Chad Collins, outgoing chairman of CityHousing Hamilton’s board of directors, says it’s a step towards restoring Hamilton’s affordable housing stock.
“Unfortunately, there are another 500 MacNabs here in Hamilton,” says Collins, “and I know that all three levels of government will continue to work on strategies and partnerships that will make projects like this a reality.
Collins adds that the refurbishment of MacNab Street North creates a first-class building out of what was a “nightmare of property standards”.
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Going forward, he says, residents “don’t have to worry about the elevator working, they don’t have to worry about their window leaking or the roof leaking.”
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Filomena Tassi, Liberal MP for Hamilton West—Ancaster—Dundas, says Ottawa invested $17 million in the project because it met many of her government’s goals.
She says this includes “helping older people live well and with dignity, creating more affordable housing, and achieving ever-higher levels of sustainability.”
“In fact, this renovation,” says Tassi, “aims to achieve 75% energy savings and a 94% reduction in carbon emissions.”
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