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Welcome to a new Jamesville.

Downtown Hamilton is changing to reflect the demand for more housing and pedestrian-friendly neighbourhoods. Jamesville will be no exception – a mixed-income community in the City’s North End that is accessible, inclusive and welcoming. Help us reimagine what the new Jamesville neighbourhood will look like.



A competition to provide the greatest affordability and social benefit.

The City of Hamilton’s social housing provider, CityHousing Hamilton (CHH), owns the Jamesville site and has created a competition to provide the greatest affordability and community benefit. Through a public offering process, CHH selected a team that is now known as the Qualified Preferred Proponent and is negotiating to finalize the agreement together. The community engagement process is beginning with ReImagine Jamesville.



A transformation into a mixed-income, live, walk, bike, thrive neighbourhood.

CHH, together with the Jamesville Redevelopment Limited Partnership and Indwell, envision a mixed-income development that supports and strengthens the North End through quality high-performance homes designed into a pedestrian focused site. A development that increases affordable housing while incorporating new private market housing in a way that fosters interactions among residents. A low and mid-rise community that promotes connectivity, inviting the neighbourhood in to enjoy privately owned public spaces. A place where residents can live rich and productive lives near the water and downtown Hamilton, and be connected to our regional transportation network.




A transit-oriented site in a vibrant community.

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Located in a vibrant neighbourhood, Jamesville is well positioned with many amenities, most notably the expansive natural spaces of the waterfront, as well as a health centre, community centre, arena, schools, connections to a revitalizing downtown via a flagship retail street, as well as access to major transit connections. As a neighbourhood undergoing socio-economic change, the continued provision and increase of affordable housing in Jamesville is critical to allowing for a mixed-income community. It will ensure access to valuable amenities for vulnerable and at-risk low-income residents, while adding density at a key transit-oriented location.



A collaboration between experienced affordable housing and private market developers.

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CHH is the municipally owned social and affordable housing provider of the City of Hamilton. With approximately 7000 units across the City, CHH is embarking on an ambitious revitalization of this portfolio through the extensive retrofit of existing assets, the redevelopment of key sites, as well as new developments that will increase the total number of units available.



Since 1981, Fram has been developing, building, and project managing in the Greater Toronto Area, Southern Ontario, Alberta and select markets in the United States (with an office in Dallas, Texas) and has been at the forefront of developing unique, sustainable, mixed-use neighbourhoods. A proven innovator of sustainable community developments, Fram has successfully built over 13,000 residences from custom homes to exceptional single family, multi-family, condominium and rental apartments, in addition to large mixed-used developments, affordable housing, and commercial properties.

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Oakville-based Melrose Investments has been in the business of acquiring land, office/industrial/commercial leasing, land development and residential mid-rise development properties since its founding in 1973. Melrose Investments Inc. has an exemplary record of obtaining the best and highest uses for its inventory of developable lands through Secondary Plan Approvals, Official Plan Amendments, Draft Plan Approvals and the Site Plan process. The Company has been able to create highly successful developments as a result of a strong vision and skillful execution.



Committed to providing healthy, active and sustainable communities, Marz Homes has built homes for thousands of families over the past 40 years in the Hamilton and Golden Horseshoe area. Their current portfolio includes mixed-use neighborhoods, medium density developments, brownfield remediation and redevelopment, infill projects, and commercial/office properties. Operating locally they have developed longstanding trade relationships, ensuing that Marz is able to provide well planned and built communities with a reputation for customer service. Twice awarded the Homeowner Mark of Excellence as well as the 2016 Hamilton Halton Home Builders’ Association Consumer Choice Award, Marz has also received a variety of local, provincial and national awards.

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DeSantis Homes has been constructing Commercial and Residential projects since its inception in 1959 and has built over 10,000 family homes in the Hamilton, Halton and Niagara regions. Known for building whole communities and developing a lifestyle and an experience, DeSantis Homes is constantly working to preserve the natural environment by incorporating everything from environmentally sensitive planning to energy efficient home design. The company continues to scale new heights, while maintaining the craftsmanship and attention to detail that remain its hallmark. DeSantis Homes’ reputation for building only the best has been continually recognized by local, provincial and national Home Builder’s Associations.

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Indwell is non-profit, Christian charity with the mission to create affordable housing communities for people seeking health, wellness, and belonging.  Indwell currently supports over 600 tenants across Hamilton, London, Woodstock, and Simcoe with 400 more apartments in development or under construction.   Indwell is committed to reducing the carbon emissions to 2050 levels and is currently  one of Canada's leading Passive House multi-unit residential developers. 


In The News

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Indwell and private developers will rebuild Jamesville social housing complex

Indwell and a consortium of three private developers will rebuild the Jamesville social housing complex in Hamilton's North End. The CityHousing Hamilton (CHH) board voted Tuesday to hire Indwell, a Christian-based affordable housing agency, and the Jamesville Redevelopment Corporation, which includes Marz Homes, FRAM + Slokker, Melrose Investments and DeSantis Homes.



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