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Pier 8 RFQ Call is now open

HAMILTON, ON - April 18, 2017 - The City of Hamilton is pleased to announce that the much-anticipated Pier 8 Request for Qualifications (RFQ) call is now open. Interested parties may obtain the RFQ and related background documents at www.hamilton.ca/westharbour

Pier 8 Request for Qualifications

The RFQ is the first of a two-stage solicitation process that offers private developers the opportunity to purchase and build on 5.24 hectares of fully serviced, mixed-use lands that are integrated with a public recreational waterfront for which the City has a multi-year, $140 million revitalization plan that is already underway. 

The development site has the potential to support approximately 1,500 residential units and 13,000 square metres of commercial and institutional space on nine development blocks that reach the water’s edge. The entire solicitation process is expected to conclude in 2018.

The RFQ invites interested bidders to submit information that substantiates their qualifications per the following criteria:

  • Alignment with the City’s vision for Pier 8, as outlined in established planning policies
  • Possessing the financial capacity and stability to execute and finance a large-scale, multi-phase development
  • Demonstrating a proven track record of executing projects similar in nature to Pier 8
  • Assembling a team that has the expertise to optimize the opportunity while delivering on the City’s desired outcomes

The RFQ stage will end with the announcement of a shortlist of interested bidders who will exclusively be invited to participate in a Request for Proposals stage that will focus on conceptual proposals and financial bids.

"The Pier 8 development opportunity represents the culmination of nearly 30 years of political and financial commitments from past and present Councils, along with partners at other levels of government. This is the next phase in the ongoing efforts to transform our west harbour into a destination for our citizens and visitors to Hamilton. The City has committed $80 million towards further improvements to the waterfront areas over the next two years. We expect to see some visionary concepts brought forward by developers and the community." Fred Eisenberger, Mayor, City of Hamilton

“Today’s announcement marks a major milestone in transforming the West Harbour. Our goal is simple: to partner with the private sector for their expertise, vision, and innovation that will assist in fulfilling the City’s vision for the area.” Chris Phillips, Senior Advisor, Planning and Economic Development, City of Hamilton

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