Hughson Street Baptist Church Redevelopment with Affordable Housing
This exciting redevelopment in the North End of Hamilton is being planned as a mixed-use church + housing development. This project is a partnership between long-time North Hamilton organization, Hughson St. Baptist Church, and local charity Indwell to redevelop a underutilized urban site at 500 James St. N. into a contemporary church with a focus on sports ministries along with 45 apartments. The entire development is targeted for Passive House certification, and when it is completed will likely be one of the largest and most complex Passive House projects in Canada. Passive House is a is a rigorous, voluntary standard for energy efficiency in a building, significantly reducing its ecological footprint. It results in ultra-low energy buildings that require little energy for space heating or cooling. In order to achieve this standard, we have assembled a great team of architects, engineers, consultants, general contractors, and owners right from the start to work collaboratively to bring the project to fruition.
Funding for this project is through Hughson Street Baptist's own fundraising, Indwell’s fundraising, and federal, provincial and municipal forgivable loans. The total project's total area is 5,800m2.
The four-storey building consists of 45 one and two-bedroom apartments, tenant common room, bike storage and other amenity spaces. One of Indwell's values is to be accommodating for all people, and as a result nine of the apartments will be fully barrier free. The ground floor and basement include church spaces such as a gymnatorium to seat 500 people, a large glazed atrium and foyer spaces, a chapel, hospitality spaces and a community kitchen, offices, and classrooms for youth programs from nursery through high school.
The project is currently "on the boards" with construction scheduled to begin in the summer of 2017.