Health team to anchor new downtown building

The Hamilton Family Health Team is moving its administration offices into the first new build on James Street North in decades.
Offices could be moving in as soon as September to the first new build on James Street North in decades. Developers say the building is on time, the only question is who will be inside? (Jeff Green/CBC)

The largest new development on James Street North in decades will be anchored by the Hamilton Family Health Team.

Thirty-five members of the administration team will move into the $10-million, three-story build at the corner of James North and Vine. While it appears it won't be an actual clinic site, it will have space for community programs for patients.

The HFHT is excited to contribute to the revitalization of Hamilton’s downtown.- Family Health Team statement

Developer Jack Beume said the move-in date for the office tenants is September, and that occupancy of the ground floor retail space has yet to be decided.

"We have two commercial tenants that we're negotiating with. They have not as yet been signed, but there's activity," Beume said Thursday. 

The Hamilton Family Health Team (HFHT), is relocating from Hess village, where they have offices on George Street. 

In a draft press release sent to CBC Hamilton, the HFHT said "the central administrative office location will also accommodate additional space for centralized programs and other community based health care programs for patients."

It also added the HFHT supports 153 family physician practices across the city, with 250 employees eople to serve a roster of 290,000 patients. 

Team health care approach

The family health team approach uses a combination of doctors, nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, psychiatrists, mental health professionals and more to serve their roster of patients.

In the same statement, the HFHT said it was looking forward to joining the James North neighbourhood:

"The HFHT is excited to contribute to the revitalization of Hamilton’s downtown by infusing health care professionals and additional supports and services into an area of the city that has struggled in the past but is now experiencing tremendous growth."

There has also been speculation on the gentrifying street that an LCBO may be making its move into some of the first-floor retail space.

The Jackson's Square LCBO was moved within the mall to a temporary location after McMaster University moved in its continuing education program. Mac was bumped from the city-owned courthouse after 13 years, forcing the domino effect that has left the LCBO with little visibility.

LCBO spokesperson Lisa Murray didn't deny the possibility of a move into the new, 36,000 sq. foot building. She told CBCHamilton that "there has been no final decision on the location of our new store in Hamilton."


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