Situated at 98 James Street South, The Connolly is a unique project for many reasons. The 30-storey mixed-use tower will include the facade of the historic James Street Baptist Church, and will incorporate both condo units and commerical space.
But one aspect of the Stanton Renaissance undertaking has been generating headlines. Though the building will have 259 condo suites, the City of Hamilton’s planning committee voted for a zoning change to allow parking for less than half the units in the project.
The structure will be home to 122 parking spots in total. Not providing parking for every resident might not raise eyebrows in denser cities such as Toronto or Vancouver, but the concept is still clearly fresh in Hamilton.
Residents who choose to live at The Connolly will be adopting an urban lifestyle. After all, a car won’t be so necessary when your address scores 99 out of 100 on Walkscore.com. Not only is it considered a “Walker’s Paradise,” where daily errands do not require a car, but the location also boasts excellent transit.
The project is steps from the Hamilton GO Centre, which acts a hub for both local and intercity transit. Aside from providing access to the Lakeshore West GO trains and the 16, 18, 22 and 47 bus routes, the centre also connects commuters with Hamilton Street Railway buses for trips around town.
If you’re planning a longer journey, the transit hub even features connections to Coach Canada and Greyhound bus services.
And there’s even more planned for the neighbourhood. Residents of The Connolly will also be within walking distance of the expanded James Street North GO station. There are currently planning for more commuter trains to travel in and out of the city every day, with two additional trips to Toronto in the morning as well as the afternoon. The first phase is expected to be ready for the Pan Am Games this year.
The mixed-use building is clearly well situated. And with so many transit options close at hand, and amenities accessible on foot, it’s no wonder residents won’t have to worry about parking.