Shovels will officially go in the ground Monday on the new McMaster University Health Campus on Main Street East.
McMaster officials are holding a groundbreaking event that starts with a reception at city hall at 9:30. An hour later, the official first dig will happen at the corner of Main and Bay streets.
The development is “a long time coming,” said David Price, chair of McMaster's department of family medicine.
“We're finally getting there.”
The $84.6-million building will be 195,000 square feet and host a large family health centre capable of accommodating 15,000 patients.
In addition to the McMaster family health team, it'll house the nurse practitioner program, a public health clinic and the headquarters of Hamilton's Public Health Services.
The building is located on land that until this summer housed the headquarters of the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board. McMaster purchased the land from the school board for $8.6 million.
The new campus will be located at the corner of Main and Bay streets. The King Street side of the lot will likely be severed “at an appropriate time in the project,” said Gord Arbeau, McMaster's director of public and community relations.
“The construction of the health campus is our primary focus at this stage.”
The health campus could draw other health-related services such as pharmacies or labs to the building. Arbeau said there have been inquiries, but they're all still preliminary.
A preliminary site plan overview of the property shows two possible privately developed 12-storey residential towers on the north portion of the land.