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Hamilton’s long history of industry properties it's waterfront and into the downtown area has left the city with an excess of properties and parcels of land with brownfield designation. The bayfront industrial area in particular, whose growth and success centred on the excellent rail and port access, is home to approximately 3400 acres of brownfield land. Hamilton’s original brownfield community improvement plan was adopted in 2001 and has continued to expand over the past 15 years as the city incorporates new development plans.
Redevelopment of Hamilton’s brownfield sites is critical, industrial vacancy rates sit low at about 2.4% and in order for the city to accommodate new industry and development, transforming and cleaning up this land is the best option.