McMaster's downtown health campus can move ahead now that an agreement has been reached between the university and the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board.
The agreement involves swing space and will result in the school board moving its offices to three other downtown locations, the Stelco Tower, Robert Thompson Building and Standard Life Building, while its new headquarters are built.
From McMaster's perspective, Vice President of Administration Roger Cauldry says it allows the university to meet its deadlines for building the health campus at the current education centre site by the summer of 2014.
Cauldry adds that they look forward to taking part in the "rejuvenation" of the core.
Much of the city's public health department will also move into the new health centre in 2014.
The school board has found a potential site for its new headquarters on the mountain, but it has also committed to working with the city to determine if there are options for staying downtown.