Hamilton Mountain church project calls for proposals

News Nov 20, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

Dec. 12 deadline for Chalmers condo development

By Mark Newman, News Staff 

A spokesman for the architectural firm representing Chalmers Presbyterian Church says they will be looking closely at sustainability and financing when considering bids for turning the Mountain Park Avenue property into a condominium development.

“We take into consideration sun, light, how it affects a building,” said Drew Hauser, principal with McCallum Sather Architects

Requests for proposals for the multi-million dollar development went out last week and developers have until Dec. 12 to submit their proposals.

The 109-year-old church is looking to trade its property for a new home on the first two floors of a condominium building.

While the exact size and scope of the project will be finalized by the developer, Hauser noted the current plan calls for an 11 storey building with 74 units and 79 underground parking spaces.

Each unit would be about 700 square feet in size which Hauser figures would sell for between $250,000 and $350,000.

Hauser said it will take about three weeks to review the bids and make recommendations to the church, which he expects will have a developer in place by mid January.

The developer will be required to acquire approval for the project from city hall, including a zoning change and ensure it meets Niagara Escarpment Commission criteria, including set back from the Mountain brow.

Hauser said the church’s endeavour could become a precedent-setting development that other churches with shrinking congregations could follow.

“It’s exciting that the presbytery and the congregation is willing to really reinvent how the vessel of the church exists or sits within a community and it’s so forward thinking,” he said.

Hamilton Mountain church project calls for proposals

News Nov 20, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

Dec. 12 deadline for Chalmers condo development

By Mark Newman, News Staff 

A spokesman for the architectural firm representing Chalmers Presbyterian Church says they will be looking closely at sustainability and financing when considering bids for turning the Mountain Park Avenue property into a condominium development.

“We take into consideration sun, light, how it affects a building,” said Drew Hauser, principal with McCallum Sather Architects

Requests for proposals for the multi-million dollar development went out last week and developers have until Dec. 12 to submit their proposals.

The 109-year-old church is looking to trade its property for a new home on the first two floors of a condominium building.

While the exact size and scope of the project will be finalized by the developer, Hauser noted the current plan calls for an 11 storey building with 74 units and 79 underground parking spaces.

Each unit would be about 700 square feet in size which Hauser figures would sell for between $250,000 and $350,000.

Hauser said it will take about three weeks to review the bids and make recommendations to the church, which he expects will have a developer in place by mid January.

The developer will be required to acquire approval for the project from city hall, including a zoning change and ensure it meets Niagara Escarpment Commission criteria, including set back from the Mountain brow.

Hauser said the church’s endeavour could become a precedent-setting development that other churches with shrinking congregations could follow.

“It’s exciting that the presbytery and the congregation is willing to really reinvent how the vessel of the church exists or sits within a community and it’s so forward thinking,” he said.

Hamilton Mountain church project calls for proposals

News Nov 20, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

Dec. 12 deadline for Chalmers condo development

By Mark Newman, News Staff 

A spokesman for the architectural firm representing Chalmers Presbyterian Church says they will be looking closely at sustainability and financing when considering bids for turning the Mountain Park Avenue property into a condominium development.

“We take into consideration sun, light, how it affects a building,” said Drew Hauser, principal with McCallum Sather Architects

Requests for proposals for the multi-million dollar development went out last week and developers have until Dec. 12 to submit their proposals.

The 109-year-old church is looking to trade its property for a new home on the first two floors of a condominium building.

While the exact size and scope of the project will be finalized by the developer, Hauser noted the current plan calls for an 11 storey building with 74 units and 79 underground parking spaces.

Each unit would be about 700 square feet in size which Hauser figures would sell for between $250,000 and $350,000.

Hauser said it will take about three weeks to review the bids and make recommendations to the church, which he expects will have a developer in place by mid January.

The developer will be required to acquire approval for the project from city hall, including a zoning change and ensure it meets Niagara Escarpment Commission criteria, including set back from the Mountain brow.

Hauser said the church’s endeavour could become a precedent-setting development that other churches with shrinking congregations could follow.

“It’s exciting that the presbytery and the congregation is willing to really reinvent how the vessel of the church exists or sits within a community and it’s so forward thinking,” he said.