I am sure most area residents have heard the news that the proposed commercial mega development in Winona that will include WalMart and Costco anchor stores has been approved and scheduled for construction to begin in the fall.
Hamilton council approved the rezoning application for the development in 2009, but over the last five years Pen Equity has been seeking necessary approvals from the city, the Hamilton Conservation Authority, and the provincial transportation ministry for a required GO Transit station within the development’s footprint, located at the corner of Fifty and South Service roads.
There was also an Ontario Municipal Board appeal brought by Citizens Assessing Development on the Niagara Escarpment (CADONE), a group created by current Ward 11 councillor Brenda Johnson.
The OMB appeal was settled between the two parties.
The massive development, which will be known as Winona Crossing, will also be able to accommodate the RBC and TD Canadian Trust, professional services, such as dental offices, barbershop, a Subway restaurant, Turtle Jacks and a Shoeless Joe’s restaurant.
Whether you are in favour of the construction or not, you must agree that this area will change so dramatically over the next few years that the "old" corner of Fifty and South Service Roads will be unrecognizable in a few short years.
In our business, we are all about "before and after" pictures. With that in mind, we at Grant Painting Group thought it would be a great idea to find a before snapshot of the real estate so that in a few years we can look back and see what the differences are.
So, here it is. This is a view of the intersection of Fifty and South Service Roads facing northeast. This image was taken May, 2012. We will look back in July 2015 and see what has transpired.