Zest Communities Launches New Retirement Community Addition in Hamilton

ZEST Communities Inc. held a ceremony for Upper Mill Pond, the Village at St. Elizabeth Mills’ new 55+ resort-style community addition in Hamilton, ON.

Upper Mill Pond – Zest Communities (Artist Rendering: ZEST Communities)

Located on the southeast corner of Garth Street and Rymal Road W., the 114-acre property is home to approximately 1,000 residents in market value life-lease garden homes. The property includes an independent and assisted living retirement residence, the St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church and the Village Centre’s four-storey commercial/retail building.

Upper Mill Pond is a mid-rise 5 storey building featuring 76 one and two bedroom suites that range from 716 to 1,328 sq. ft., and priced from the mid-$300,000s. In addition to the 76-suite mid-rise, the resort intends to feature a five-storey ‘smart-living’ design for its 55+ residents.

Designed to provide residents convenience, this new community incorporates a health club fitness centre, an indoor pool with hot tub and sauna, guest suite, lounge/special events room, underground parking, storage lockers, indoor car wash area, and an outdoor terrace with barbecue areas.

(L-R) Jacob ten Brenke representing Hamilton Flamborough-Glanbrook MP David Sweet, ZEST Communities’ President Tony DiFruscio, VP Rob Baiocco, Hamilton Ward 8 Councillor John-Paul Danko, Project Manager Gary Zock. (Photo: Evan Eisenstadt)

Construction of Upper Mill Pond is slated to begin this summer with nearly 20 acres of existing ponds, mature landscaping and vegetation.

The property plans to include more sites such as walking trails, gazebos, boardwalks and covered bridges.

Originally established in 1981 to create affordable housing for 55+ adults, in 2014, charitable organization St. Elizabeth Home Society (Hamilton) transferred the ownership to ZEST Communities Inc.

Since then, ZEST Communities has assembled a development team to create the new vision that meets the changing expectations of a new generation of residents for St. Elizabeth Village and retirement housing.

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