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Old June 29th, 2006, 10:05 PM   #1
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Old June 29th, 2006, 10:42 PM   #2
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Hamilton Construction List

Downtown
221 York Boulevard - 15 storey condo – Approved
212 King William – 15 storey condo – Approved
McMaster Graduate Residence – 15 storey residential - Proposed
Royal Connaught Hotel – 12 storey 5 star hotel/condo – Renovation
St Deny’s - 11 storey residential – Under construction
Hilton Homewood Suites Hotel – 10 storey hotel – Planning stage
Lister Block phase 2 – 10 storey office – Planning stage
Hamilton Port Authority – 9 storey office – Proposed
Bay/Hunter - 9 storey condo - Approved
150 Main Street West – 8 storey condo – Planning stage
City Hall – 8 storey office – Renovation
Cityview Terrace – 6 storey condo – Under construction
Lister Block – 6 storey office – Planning stage
Victoria and MacKay building – 6 storey condo/retail – Planning stage
14-18 Mary Street – 6 storey condo – Planning stage
87-89 King St East – 5 storey condo – Approved
1 Vine Street – 5 storey office – Proposed
Strathcona/Head - 5 storey condo - Planning stage
Hamilton City Centre – 4 storey office – Under construction
Trinity Landing – 4 storey condo – Under Construction

West Hamilton
1686 Main Street West – 9 storey student residence – Under construction

Hamilton Mountain
174-182 Mountain Park Avenue – 11 storey condo – Under construction
Marriott Courtyard Hotel – 4 storey hotel – Under construction
728 Sanatorium Road - 4 storey student residence – Approved
1725 Upper James Street – 3 storey office space – Planning stage

Ancaster
Golf Links – 6 storey hotel – Planning stage

Dundas
1000 Creekside Drive – 9 storey condo - Under construction
4000 Creekside Drive – 9 storey condo – Under construction
Amica at Dundas – 6 storey residential – Under construction

Summary
Under construction – 10
Planning – 9
Approved – 5
Renovation - 2
Proposed – 3
Total – 29
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Old June 30th, 2006, 07:20 PM   #3
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Farmers' Market facelift

By Andrew Dreschel
The Hamilton Spectator
(Jun 30, 2006)

After years of rejection and neglect, Hamilton Farmers' Market is finally on deck for a $4.7 million facelift from the city.

And there are high hopes the long overdue makeover will help transform the market into a destination spot that will have a positive impact on downtown renewal. The money to upgrade the market has been set aside in the city's capital budget. All that's needed now is for council to review a city commissioned report that was undertaken to make sure the money will be spent wisely. "We're simply waiting to deal with that report so when we spend the money, we know we're spending it in the right place," said downtown Councillor Bob Bratina.

"We know that upgrades need to be done, but there may be issues brought forward in that report that will say, 'Do it here and not there, reconfigure the market this way.'"

The study, which cost $69,000, finally landed at the culture and recreation department last week, seven months after it was commissioned. It hasn't been publicly released yet.

As soon as she's digested it, manager of culture Anna Bradford hopes to present it to senior staffers and then bring it forward to councillors by early September. Bratina is crossing his fingers that at least some improvements can begin this fall. "My desperate hope is it will be sometime no later than September or October," he said. Whenever they start, it won't be soon enough for the vendors who set up shop in the two-level concrete bunker next to the Central Library on York Boulevard.

For years they've been clamouring for repairs and upgrades, many of which were identified in a 2001 city-commissioned report, but not acted upon. The complaints have become a mantra for stallholders. The electrical system needs to be boosted to handle more refrigeration units and display lights. They need more sinks and drains and hot-and-cold running water.

The 35,000 square feet of space, most of which is underground, needs brightening. They want better washrooms. More parking. And the market, which has felt the undertow of downtown's decline, sorely needs an image makeover and promotional campaign to generate excitement.

Fred Bristol, president of the Hamilton Farmers' Market Stallholders' Association, says the delays have been frustrating but he's pleased financing is in place and that improvements are finally on the horizon.

"We'd like to get things up and rolling as soon as possible," said Bristol. So would Bradford, but she cautions a major overhaul will also disrupt business for the vendors, so timing of the work will be crucial. Her department is already putting together a request for proposals from architects for the re-design work, which will be tied in to makeovers for the main library and York Boulevard.

But Bradford has no shortage of ideas of her own. Along with the infrastructure upgrades, she'd like to see the market spill out onto the street to give it more visual presence. And she wants to introduce modern elements like a celebrity chef program, a demonstration kitchen, healthy eating classes, special events, and community partnerships. The fact is, ideas for recreating the market have never been in short supply. The problem has always been finding city money. Past requests for funding were turned down as unaffordable.

That changed last year when more than $2.1 million was set aside in the capital budget. That was followed this year by a little over $2 million from the city's downtown renewal program. And another $500,000 is expected to be given next year.

Councillor Tom Jackson, chair of the community services committee which oversees the market, sees the commitment as another investment in downtown rejuvenation. "The money is parked in the banks," said Jackson. "I just ask the stallholders to hang in there a little longer for some exciting results.

"If we don't get at it this fall, hopefully it will be by next spring."

Founded in 1837, the market has been at its current location, which is owned by the city, since 1980. There are 65 stallholders who control 170 stands that sell everything from fresh produce and cheese to meat and fish.

Each stallholder can have up to three stalls. The rental rate is set by city council. A basic stand without refrigeration costs $251 per month. A larger stand goes for $355 per month. And a refrigerated stand costs $427 per month. The city also requires that each stallholder has $3 million of liability insurance. The market is normally open Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Dave Turner, the city's market supervisor, says, "It's positive news for them. Whether it's five months from now or seven months, something is going to happen for them."
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Old July 4th, 2006, 12:33 AM   #4
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'Fresh' look for farmers' market
Vendors want to focus on one-on-one relationships with buyers

By Rakshande Italia
The Hamilton Spectator
(Jul 3, 2006)

There's good and bad news for vendors at the Hamilton Farmers' Market.

The good news is that after years of neglect, the market will finally receive a $4.7-million infusion of funds to spice up the market and its image.

The bad news is that vendors will have to wait for at least two years before they see the snazzy, upbeat market that is being planned by the city.


That's because the revamp of the market is being done in concert with two other projects -- upgrades to the Central Library and to York Boulevard.

Anna Bradford, manager of culture and recreation in the city, commissioned a $69,000 consultants study on the market to be submitted to council in September.

Bradford said it wouldn't make sense to uproot the vendors in the market twice, once for reconstruction and the second time when the city is revamping the street outside.

The market, when completed, would be sophisticated, look "fresh," and have a wider product mix.

Consultant John Archer suggests that the goal is to have a strong urban focus and a look of sophistication.

Archer, with the firm Urban Marketing Collaborative, says the goal is to make the market even busier then it is now.

He says it's important to focus on one-on-one relationships between vendors and buyers.

He said a friendly ambience where vendors explain details of their products and know their customers intimately is crucial to competing with grocery stores that don't offer such service.

"This is a place for interaction and where else can you get that? Not at a grocery store," agreed vendor Jorge Rodrigues of Ercilia's Fine Foods, a gourmet salsa and bread shop. As if on cue, Dundas shopper Jim Ashton comes over to the stall and gives him a bottle of Niagara wine as a gift.

Archer recommends that the market expand onto the sidewalk as well, perhaps selling crafts and food products different from those sold inside. He also suggests temporary vendors be allowed.

Times are changing and Archer says the focus should be on a wider product mix.

"People are working hard, are stressed today and they want facilities where they can go and eat and, if not, buy homemade, prepared food."

Bradford says research which involved more than 1,200 telephone calls in Hamilton and Burlington, and with 200 market goers in person, finds consumers want more ethnic foods in the market.

"Today it's not a happening place, but we want to make it that way -- a meeting place, a place where people come together. Have stalls which serve coffee and a place where parents take their children."

Bradford said that while the building is a concrete structure, the aim is to have a good ventilation system which spreads the aroma of freshly baked bread or pizza throughout the market. Archer says that the market should have a fresh, bright look to it.

Bill Janssen, manager of community planning and design in the city's planning department, says the York/Wilson Streetscape Master Plan involves:

* sidewalk treatments, including the provision for urban braille; lighting and street furniture;

* signage;

* landscaping (trees and plantings) locations for public art;

* gathering spaces.

The project, however, does not address changes to road capacity or any other traffic issues.

Details of the library renovations were not available.
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Old July 4th, 2006, 11:11 PM   #5
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Not familiar with Hamilton's market, myself
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Old July 5th, 2006, 01:06 AM   #6
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Check it out sometime!

http://www.myhamilton.ca/myhamilton/...FarmersMarket/
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Old July 5th, 2006, 04:22 AM   #7
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I have a picture or two of the Farmers' Market somewhere I'll try posting them.

The problem with the Farmers' Market is that it's basically located in an underground parking lot, cold and cement. Plus York Blvd is a big obstacle because it's a busy rush rush road so it isn't friendly for people to walk across to the Market.

From what I heard the plan includes glass sliding walls, parallel parking along York Blvd, reduce York Blvd to 3 lanes basically carbon copy of Bay Street including bigger sidewalks, create an open public square with small outdoor vendors.
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Old July 5th, 2006, 07:42 PM   #8
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According to the Spec a group has been formed to deal with Lister Block. Members of the group include:

Mayor Larry Di Ianni
LIUNA VP Joe Mancinelli (developer)
Hi-Rise president Warren Green (construction firm)
Councillor Maria Pearson
Tim McCabe, the city's director of planning and real estate
Downtown BIA executive director Kathy Drewitt
Architect Anthony Butler of the Hamilton branch of Architectural Conservancy of Ontario
Grant Head of Heritage Hamilton Foundation
Hamilton historian Brian Henley

The group is being headed by provincial troubleshooter Alan Wells. It's his job to make the final decision for the Lister Block. They meet every Thursday with a media blackout and hopes to see the group's recommendations before the Aug. 9 city council meeting.

But if you look hard at each member of the group you soon realize almost all are pro-demolition of Lister Block for a replica. Mayor Di Ianni, LIUNA, Hi-Rise, Pearson, McCabe, Drewitt all supports demolition which is a majority in the group.

So I think we can pretty much already take a good guess of Lister Block's fate.

Oh yea almost forgot the rendering since new development thread.....

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Old July 5th, 2006, 07:57 PM   #9
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Here are three old pictures I have of Farmers' Market.

Front Entrance

You could probably knock all that cement down and make a nice public square for the Market

Farmers' Market at first floor and on top of them is the Central Library which will be renovated

Supposedly the walls will be replaced with a sliding glass wall to open up the Market

York Blvd

Soon York Blvd will be reduced down to 3 lanes with parallel parking, well that is if my sources are correct according to the Farmers' Market report
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Old July 10th, 2006, 11:10 PM   #10
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Via Station recommended for downtown
Jul, 10 2006 - 4:00 AM


HAMILTON (AM900 CHML) - According to a consultants report, a downtown Via Rail station would generate the most new riders, revenue and economic spinoffs for Hamilton.
It confirms the top two picks are either near the old James Street North station, or east Hamilton, likely near the former SWARU site on Kenora Avenue.

Councillor Bob Bratina, the chair of the city's Via Rail task force, says he expects the committee to recommend the James Street North location when it debates the report this week.

He says the city's job is to try to direct Via to a location that's best for the city.

A Via officials confirms it's received the consultant's report and will review it before making any decisions on a location for the new station.


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Core Via station would draw most new riders, study shows

By Nicole Macintyre
The Hamilton Spectator
(Jul 10, 2006)

A downtown Via Rail station would generate the most new riders, revenue and economic spinoffs for Hamilton.

The location's virtues are outlined in a draft consultant's report evaluating the best place in the city for a new train station.

It confirms the top two picks are either near the old James Street North station or east Hamilton, likely near the former SWARU site on Kenora Avenue.

Members of the city's Via Rail task force will debate the report this week. Chair Bob Bratina expects they will recommend the James Street North location as the top choice -- the downtown councillor's pick from the start.

"I always believed we had a case and I think the report shows we do," he said.

"Now Via can make their own decision.

"Our job as a city is to try to direct them to a location that's best for the city."

A Via executive has publicly said the rail company would prefer a station in the city's east end because it's farther from the Aldershot station.

A spokesperson last week confirmed Via has received the consultant's report and will review it before making any decisions.

There's no set timeline for that decision.

The report examined four potential locations for the new station, including Hunter Street, James Street in the north end of downtown, east Hamilton and Copetown.

It found the downtown location would attract 48,000 new riders and an estimated $1.8 million in revenue.

The east end location came second at 36,000 and $1.3 million in revenue.

The Hunter Street location would have limited potential because it only has rail service to Toronto and not Niagara.

The report notes Copetown would generate limited riders because it's out of the way.

The downtown location also has the most potential to generate economic spinoffs, the report says.

The east end, on the other hand, is surrounded by industrial land.

A waste facility is planned for the former SWARU site, meaning the station would have to be built on other vacant land nearby.

A previous community report also pegged the downtown as the prime location.

But Mayor Larry Di Ianni has warned the city shouldn't be too firm about its choice in case it pushes Via away. Ultimately, he argued, the company will decide.

The consultant's report notes that in the long-term Hamilton may have a need for more than one new station, particularly if commuter rail service is extended to the Niagara Region.
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174-182 Mountain Park Avenue – 11 storey condo – Under construction
Sorry about the bad camera lens messing up the left side of the picture (I think the hot weather melted my lenses lol, nah just fingerprints)







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Old July 17th, 2006, 08:17 PM   #13
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But Mayor Larry Di Ianni has warned the city shouldn't be too firm about its choice in case it pushes Via away. Ultimately, he argued, the company will decide.
Pussy! It's no wonder that the city can't negotiate with CN over the railway lands on the waterfront. Perhaps non-confrontation is written into the city's development and planning policies... that would explain alot.

If VIA ends up anywhere else but downtown, I swear I'm moving out of this godforsaken city. OK, maybe I'll just say I will.
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Expect an announcement from Jim Flaherty coming this fall regarding VIA Station to Hamilton including the McMaster Innovation Park. The Conservatives are holding back the announcements until this fall mostly likely because of an election call will soon take place after all the nice announcements.
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Expect an announcement from Jim Flaherty coming this fall regarding VIA Station to Hamilton including the McMaster Innovation Park. The Conservatives are holding back the announcements until this fall mostly likely because of an election call will soon take place after all the nice announcements.
but they've introduced legislation so that unless the government falls the next election won't be for three and a half years (each election is supposed to be 4 years apart)
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Jim Flaherty has already announced that he'll be coming back to Hamilton with announcements especially CANMET moving from Ottawa to Hamilton at the McMaster Innovation Park. So why wait until the fall to make the official announcement? You take a guess lol, it is a minority government after all which will also include a fresh new Liberal Party Leader. The CANMET announcement will be used as a Conservative election goodie.

By the fall VIA should have made their decision to locate in Hamilton since the city has released its final report backing a downtown VIA station. It's all up to VIA now with Finance Department funding the construction of a new station.
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Does the downtown VIA Rail station connect to the line to Niagara Falls/St. Catharines and the line to Toronto/Aldershot? I'm just curious, I wasn't sure, if it does, it would do wonders for downtown!
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Jim Flaherty has already announced that he'll be coming back to Hamilton with announcements especially CANMET moving from Ottawa to Hamilton at the McMaster Innovation Park. So why wait until the fall to make the official announcement? You take a guess lol, it is a minority government after all which will also include a fresh new Liberal Party Leader. The CANMET announcement will be used as a Conservative election goodie.

By the fall VIA should have made their decision to locate in Hamilton since the city has released its final report backing a downtown VIA station. It's all up to VIA now with Finance Department funding the construction of a new station.
why an official announcement, he was just affirming that he wasn't going to cancel the liberal promise(which conveniently happened before an election)
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Does the downtown VIA Rail station connect to the line to Niagara Falls/St. Catharines and the line to Toronto/Aldershot? I'm just curious, I wasn't sure, if it does, it would do wonders for downtown!
IF Hamilton gets a downtown VIA Rail Station you should be saying lol. Hamilton doesn't have a VIA station.

But yes currently VIA whips straight through Hamilton without stopping in the city. It used to back when LIUNA station was Hamilton's VIA station. But Mulroney cut funding to VIA Rail and so VIA consolidated all VIA operations to Aldershot (Burlington).

In the past Hamilton was VIA's gateway to the Niagara Region coming from Toronto side.
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why an official announcement, he was just affirming that he wasn't going to cancel the liberal promise(which conveniently happened before an election)
When Jim Flaherty came to Hamilton a few days ago he said he'll make an official announcement in the fall regarding CANMET's future. But after all that he hinted it'll be good news for Hamilton.

Here's a short news clip about it.

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Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty confirmed the Conservatives will announce in the fall Ottawa's CANMET Materials Technology Laboratory's future.

"We be able to move forward with an announcement, I hope, before too long," Mr. Flaherty said when pressed by reporters during a news conference at the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce. "To be realistic, probably in the fall."

During Mr. Flaherty's luncheon speech to about 80 business people at the Hamilton Yacht Club, he indicated to McMaster officials they should expect some good news soon.

"We're mindful of the needs of the Innovation Park," said Mr. Flaherty. "You will not be disappointed."

McMaster University officials left the June 29 luncheon grinning widely after Mr. Flaherty's presentation.
So again the Conservatives are trying to save all the goodie announcements until the fall to make themselves look good during a possible election.
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