There have been smaller groups of apartments being renovated recently along Main, but “the scale of this is so different, impact-wise, and those aren’t new buildings. Those are old apartments that have been shuttered for a long time that are coming back to life, which is just important,” she said.
“We’ll be bringing a bunch of people now living right on Main Street, and I think that’s a pretty attractive place to live.”
With the overall trend of people returning to urban cores, where they can walk to shopping and eateries, he believes there will be demand for the apartments, “in a city that’s really progressing, and they are introducing a lot of new restaurants and a lot of new businesses on Main Street, so it becomes this kind of cool vibe, where you live right above all these shops and services.”
He hopes for completion in the spring of 2022.
“The city expressed that they’d like some retail,” Cohen said. “I’m not super-keen on the idea, but the city’s pretty adamant about it. I don’t think it’s going to hurt. I just feel like there’s plenty of retail on Main, but I think architecturally, it probably adds a little bit to the building, and they want it to look like everything else on Main, and retail on the first floor really fits that.”
The design isn’t finished, but “We’re shooting for 70, let’s put it that way,” Cohen said. “We’re going to do mostly one-bedrooms, because we feel like that’s what the market is in that location.”
The building will have a roof deck, providing outdoor space for residents, along with a patio or balcony for each apartment.
Cohen said the building will fit in with that area of Main Street, but will have a 21st century “feel to it, and then when you go inside the units, they’re all going to be very modern and very high-design.”
Cohen sees retail struggling a bit for the next few years.
Also: “I’m looking at Main Street, which appears to have plenty of retail space that’s still available — either vacant or underserved — and what downtown Hamilton really needs is people living on Main Street, not more shops,” Cohen said. “But that’s an argument that’s over, because I’ve already agreed to do it.”
People interested in leasing the apartments or retail spaces can contact him at email@example.com or 513-984-3030.