Witton Lofts

Posted on Feb 10, 2012 under

Location: Murray Street between Bay Street North and James Street North
Developer: Core Urban Inc.
Principals: David Sauve and Steve Kulakowsky
Architect: Lintack Architects
Market Value: $10 million +
Completion: Fall 2012

Witton Lofts is a unique adaptive reuse project that is transforming the former McIlwraith Public School on Murray Street into a luxury condo development.

What makes this development distinctive is the eye-catching mix of heritage and modern architectural features.  The design allows  for the preservation and restoration of the original three storey school dating from 1925 while incorporating a new glass and steel structure that rises an additional three floors.  The development will include 36 residential units ideally suited to urban minded young professionals and empty nesters.

The development is named after William Palmer Witton, the highly regarded and prolific architect who designed McIlwraith School.  Another Witton-designed landmark in Hamilton is the former Herkimer Apartments building that Core Urban Inc. recently converted to upscale condominiums.

Witton Lofts is breaking new ground in Hamilton’s housing market by introducing a higher end condo development into an historic, downtown neighbourhood in transition.  The area  requires additional care and attention, yet all of the indicators for success are pointing in the right direction.

Witton is within strolling distance to James Street North – Hamilton’s arts corridor and perferred destination for culture seekers – and to our evolving waterfront district.

Perhaps most important is the close proximity to the James Street North GO train terminal due to open in 2015.  This will enable Witton residents – and others in this growing neighbourhood – to access all day, two way commuter train service to the GTA and downtown Toronto.

This case study will track the story of Witton Lofts in the context of a once fragile area now positioned as a real estate hotspot of regional significance.

Sample 2012 milestone moments that will be featured in the Witton Lofts video case study include:

  • Ongoing construction highlights – exterior and interior
  • Evidence of other improvements along Murray Street and on surrounding streets stimulated by the Witton project
  • Official opening ceremonies
  • Tie ins to the new James Street North GO Train Terminal – now in the planning stage
  • Core Urban Inc.’s moves to acquire and upgrade other historic properties in downtown Hamilton

Artist’s Rendering of Witton Lofts Witton Lofts Model Suite