Hamilton breaks development record with more than $1.5 billion in construction in 2019

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Ontario Construction News staff writer

2019 was a record-breaking year in Hamilton, with construction activity topping  $1.5 billion for the first time.

“One of the really good news pieces that comes out of that is that doesn’t just represent a certain type of development, or a certain location where development’s happening,” Jason Thorne, general manager of planning and economic development told Global News. “We’re seeing development in all different parts of the city.”

The city set a record in residential construction with 2,700 new housing starts and an all-time high of $338 million in industrial development.

Thorne says the activity means more than 1,000 new jobs at Corbec Galvanizing’s new plant at the Red Hill Business Park and the L3 Wescam headquarters in Waterdown.

Projects expected in 2020 include construction on the Pier 8 promenade as part of the West Harbour Redevelopment and developments in cycling infrastructure, and completion of four new hotels that will provide up to 500 rooms – this year or next.

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