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Hamilton Gardens project an ‘opportunity-in-waiting’

Dear Editor,

In his recently published letter, (“Time for a freeze on Wakefield development,” Low Down, Aug. 10 edition,) Nick Appleby makes a well-timed plea for a thorough rethink of municipal guidance to developers vis-à-vis their response to climate change. Well-timed in that proforma-setting designs are well underway for the new La Pêche net-zero-carbon l’hôtel de ville; a very high-profile commission for action on climate change has just stood up, and the ongoing restoration of Wakefield’s Maison Earle House is demonstrating the application of passive building technologies and ecology enriching landscapes for heritage properties.

Might I be so bold as to offer up the hitherto languishing “Hamilton Gardens” project by Devore Group of Gatineau as a reputational opportunity-in-waiting? Ten mortgage-and-rent-affordable condo-type townhouses, 24 triplex units and 12 duplex units with exterior trash-bin shelters, 58 asphalt-paved parking stalls and service roads, and very little in the way of horticulture. Back in the day of conception – Spring 2013 – tax base enrichment was a municipal goal. Today, as the Low Down is in the habit of reporting, climatized environments trump suburbanized density.