Port of Hamilton Pier 22 Redevelopment

Port Pier 22 c/o , Hamilton, Ontario

Please provide a brief overview of the project.

Goal of the project
The goal of this project was to return an abandoned brownfield site to active and productive use, creating a multimodal-ready industrial property that meets modern standards, and generates economic activity and jobs in Hamilton.

The Hamilton Port Authority (HPA) developed a master plan for Pier 22 allowing multi-modal access (marine, rail, truck and pipeline) to areas previously underserviced, contributing substantially to property values and facilitating a growing marine trade. An ambitious six-year, multi-million dollar, multi-phase project has resulted in a redeveloped property with improved marine access and amenities suitable for current industrial needs. HPA would design and build the services required , as follows:

2006: HPA purchased the abandoned 103-acre industrial waterfront property from Stelco Inc.

2008: HPA decommissioned and demolished the former No. 2 Rod Mill, which stood on the southern portion of the property. During demolition, complex designated substances of lead, six types of asbestos-containing material and 12,000 gallons of PCB transformer oil were identified, removed and recycled.

A 250m (820 ft) dock wall was completed (construction began in 2007) on the north face of Pier 22 and the water lot was dredged. The dredging phase included approximately 100,000 m3 of on-site sediment management, resulting in no off-site landfilling.

2011: Two long-term lease agreements provided an HPA with the incentive to further develop the property. One tenant (Lafarge) has leased over 40 acres for solid bulk product processing and storage capacity, requiring marine transportation access and proximity to their client on Pier 21. Another tenant (YellowLine) leased 10 acres to build a liquid asphalt bulk tank storage terminal, requiring access to marine transportation with pipeline capabilities.

2012: HPA constructed an additional 80m (250 ft) dock wall extension to accommodate the needs of Lafarge.

HPA built an extension/upgrade to Hobson Road and installed water main, sanitary and storm sewers and street lighting to service the length of the property.

HPA built a pipeline rack to transport liquid cargo from Pier 23 to Pier 22 to accommodate the needs of tenants without direct marine access.

Location of the site
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (north end), with waterfront access to Hamilton Harbour (Lake Ontario).

Approximate size of the site : 103 acres

Former use of the site
Vacant former steel rod mill, previously owned by Stelco Inc. (now US Steel).

The site’s six acre mill building was of little use to modern industrial companies, as it was outdated and lacked heating. Furthermore, the northern section of the property was unserviced, presenting a barrier to its use. Despite the many challenges associated with the property, the HPA understood the possibility of improved marine access, which meant that the property had potential to be redeveloped and returned to productive use, generating further ongoing economic benefit for the community.

Actual end use of the site
The site is in use by two Port tenants, who have undertaken long-term lease agreements on the property. Lafarge Inc. has established a new slag facility, using 49 acres for solid bulk processing and storage, and making use of the property’s marine access. YellowLine has developed 10 acres for a new state-of-the-art liquid asphalt bulk tank storage terminal, with marine access and pipeline capabilities.

Date project was completed
Site purchased in 2006; construction completed in 2012.

Hamilton Port Authority,
605 James St. North, Burlington, Ontario

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