The City of Hamilton has received 13 submissions to develop Pier 8.
The baker’s dozen of formal pre-qualification submissions involves 31 Ontario-based firms.
The Request for Qualifications closed on July 10 and is the first of a two-stage solicitation process that is scheduled to wrap up next year.
It offers private developers the chance to purchase and build on more than five hectares of fully serviced, mixed-use lands on the waterfront.
The Pier 8 development is expected to include up to 1500 residential units, as well as commercial and institutional space.
A shortlist is expected to be announced in mid-September.
Some neighbours have raised concerns ranging from traffic and noise to odour and dust from future residential and commercial projects along the waterfront.
But Ward 2 Councillor Jason Farr believes the complaints are coming from a small minority of residents and that more than 90 per cent of those currently living in the city’s north end are in favour of the $145-million plan for Pier 8.