McMaster University has purchased the houses on the South side of Traymore and at the South end of Forsyth, forming a full block between Dalewood and Forsyth and across the street from the hospital. The plan is to build two twelve-story towers housing ca. 1,500 students (mostly in first year). The project is a collaboration between McMaster (who own the land and will administer the building as a residence) and Knightstone Capital Management.
The AWWCA is not opposed to McMaster building a residence of some sort on this land, but the board of directors has objected to the height and the capacity in a letter to the City. We also believe that the University and planners have not thought enough about pedestrian and vehicle traffic around the site.
2010/05/16: McMaster and Knightstone submitted a third plan to the City in April, but as of yet we have not seen the drawings. What we do know:
- tower: 18 storeys (2nd proposal) to 15
- Main Street West frontage: 13 storeys to 10
- Dalewood section: 10 storeys to 8
- beds 1,450 to 1,373
Documents formerly available from the planning company, Bousfields Inc., are no longer publicly accessible on their web site. (2019/05/23)
- McMaster University submits final proposal to the city for off-campus student residence, The Hamilton Spectator, April 29, 2019
- “Homeowners oppose expansion of McMaster’s off-campus housing project”, CBC, Jan 16, 2018
- interview with AWWCA president Ira Rosen on Cable 14 “City Matters” (McMaster Concerns), Feb 7, 2018
- Battle over proposed U of T student residence heats up, The Toronto Star, May 30, 2012 (involving Knightstone, the developer for the Main West residence).