8-storey development to replace popular Bowlerama in Stoney Creek

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, 2018-08-14 16:33:45

An eight-storey residential complex will be replacing the popular Bowlerama entertainment complex on Highway 8 in Stoney Creek.

At their planning committee Aug. 14, Hamilton councillors approved a zoning bylaw amendment to redevelop the property at 121 and 125 Hwy. 8 to accommodate the eight-storey building containing 139 residential units. The land is located across the street from Fiesta Mall along a busy commercial area of Stoney Creek.

Councillors will vote on the committee recommendation at their Aug. 17 meeting.

Branthaven Homes and Marz Homes, a joint venture between the two developers, will build the residential units that will have balconies on all sides of the building, along with an outdoor rooftop. The maximum height of the building will be 25.5 metres. The building will be 2.7 metres from the front lot line.

Provincial land registry documents revealed the property was sold for $1.5 million to Branthaven Marz Inc. on Jan. 18, 2017.

There was previously a two-storey house and a one-storey commercial building that housed a bowling alley on the site. Branthaven Marz has already constructed a model unit on the property.

The 0.7 hectare property will also have 177 parking spaces, of which 91 spots will be on the surface, while 86 will be located underground. There will also be 24 outdoor short-term bicycle parking spaces will be provided.

Stoney Creek Coun. Doug Conley said residents who attended an earlier neighbourhood public meeting had some concerns about the eight-storey structure. He said they would rather see a six-storey building on the property.

“It was a minor rather than a major issue,” said Conley. “I had no problems with the application.”

Ward 5 Coun. Chad Collins said constituents living in his ward did have a few issues with fencing and setbacks. He requested staff that when the site plan is being discussed with the developer that the ward councillor be included in any meeting.

The residential development will replace the popular Bowlerama Stoney Creek facility that closed down in May 2017 after 59 years in operation. Known as Lucky Strike when it opened in 1958, it offered both five-and 10-pin bowling with 12 lanes for each format over the years.

“My children went to (Bowlerama),” said Conley. “It was around for over 50 years.”



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