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Old September 28th, 2006, 04:58 PM   #81
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It probably won't begin until 2009 the way the city moves on things like this. If it even even happens.
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Old October 3rd, 2006, 03:32 PM   #82
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New proposal for student housing
By Peter Van Harten
The Hamilton Spectator
(Oct 2, 2006)

Things may be looking up for the student-stuffed Ainslie Wood and Westdale neighbourhoods -- 12 storeys up.

A London, Ont., developer proposes to build a 12-storey student residence on Ewen Road at Main Street West.

The proposal is the second major development of student housing on the edges of residential neighbourhoods surrounding McMaster.

Councillor Brian McHattie said the project will likely be welcomed by many residents, even though there are "valid concerns" about the height of the 12-storey building to house 560 students.

"We would like to make it work because it will draw students out of the neighbourhoods," he said.

Residents are constantly frustrated by disruptive late night parties and the character of their family neighbourhoods being changed by rooming houses full of McMaster students.

The proposal appears to be in line with the city's long-term plan for the area, which is to shift student housing into apartments along the main commercial or retail routes.

But even around commercial Ewen Road, neighbours have worries.

Tracey Lindsay, on the adjacent Radford Street, fears a building that large will loom over single-family homes and has concerns about traffic and parking.

"It raised everybody's eyebrows because 12 storeys is an enormous building for the area," she said. "There is nothing in the area that is that tall. We don't have high-rises here."

The project is close to an $18.5 million, nine-storey residence for about 450 students being built on the former CNIB administration complex.

It is expected to open next year.

The $20 million to $30 million project being proposed by Auburn Developments of London is on a commercial/industrial site where storage facilities are now located.

The new building with common study and activity areas will be a draw for students who will be expected to pay about $500 a month in rent, said McHattie.

The developer has built three successful university residences in London, he added.

The project is expected to open in 2008 if the required zoning changes for the residence are approved by city council.
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Old October 3rd, 2006, 03:34 PM   #83
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Downtown's going wireless
By Naomi Powell
The Hamilton Spectator
(Oct 3, 2006)

Hamilton's downtown core is poised to become one massive wireless hot spot by next summer.

City council has approved an ambitious plan to blanket four square kilometres with WiFi or "wireless fidelity" technology to be installed by the FibreWired subsidiary of city-owned Hamilton Utilities Corp.

The system will allow wireless high-speed Internet access from every sidewalk, bench and building within the boundaries of Barton Street, Main Street, Victoria Avenue and Queen Street. WiFi is already available at Ivor Wynne stadium.

The city hopes the network -- which will be operational by May or June and will be free for the first year --will be an "economic driver" for businesses in the downtown while also creating efficiencies for police, fire and emergency staff, said Christine Swenor, director of information technology for the city.

"The city has a lot of people out on the road. If they could have access to information in real time without returning to the office, it could cut down on fuel costs and wear and tear on vehicles."

Individual hot spots will be added in five outlying communities to be identified in the near future. If all goes well, council will consider taking the network city-wide. Funding for the $500,000 set up and maintenance costs will come from a $400,000 grant and $100,000 loan from the Hamilton Future Fund.

Council will consider whether to charge a service fee for use of the Hamilton hot spot once the first year of service is over, Swenor said. Users of Toronto's WiFi network pay $29 per month and $5 for an hour of service.

WiFi need to know

What is WiFi: A network that provides wireless access to the internet.

Where: The city hopes to launch its WiFi hot spot between the boundaries of Barton Street, Main Street, Victoria Avenue and Queen St.

Who could use it: Any home or business in the WiFi area, as well as individuals with Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs)

How it works: A system of 50 "pole top points" or devices mounted on lamp posts throughout the downtown would communicate with 10 "roof top points." They in turn will in turn tap into an existing fibre-optic network. WiFi need to know
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Old October 6th, 2006, 04:46 PM   #84
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Credit Mchattie for Lister's New Lifeline
By Andrew Dreschel
The Hamilton Spectator
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(Oct 6, 2006)

Brian McHattie couldn't keep the smile off his face as he and his fellow councillors took a five-minute breather between meetings.

What do you think, I asked, should we change the name from the Lister Block to the McGuinty Block?

McHattie flashed a toothy grin. "The McGuinty Block or maybe the Di Cocco Block," he replied.

We were both joking, of course, but the point was clear: If the Lister is to be saved from the wrecking ball -- and it looks like it will -- it's the province of Ontario that will do the rescuing, not the City of Hamilton.

McHattie's reference to Di Cocco was an acknowledgment of the crucial role Culture Minister Caroline Di Cocco played in changing the Lister's likely fate from demolition and replication to preservation, or, as they're calling it these days, rehabilitation.

The west-end councillor is too self-effacing to take any credit himself. But there's no question that he more than any other member of council is responsible for protecting the downtown landmark. That's because on the eve of council's vote to approve demolition of the skid-row heritage building, McHattie asked Di Cocco to intervene under the Ontario Heritage Act and declare the Lister a provincially significant site, thus slapping restrictions on what could be done to it.

Di Cocco stepped in at the 11th hour. She wrung an agreement from council and Labourers' International Union of North America, the building's owners, to delay demolition. And she appointed provincial mediator Alan Wells to work with stakeholders to find a compromise.

Cast your mind back to that dramatic June evening. You may recall that Councillor Terry Whitehead spoke for a number of his colleagues when he said if the province was going to stick its nose into the city's affairs, it should be bringing money to the table.

That's exactly what a confident Wells is proposing. And it's big dollars, too. In fact, the lion's share.

Let's try to keep this complicated story as straightforward as possible.

Under the original agreement approved by council, the Lister was going to be torn down and replaced with a modern office building whose new exterior would be modelled on the 1920s facade.

In that agreement, the city undertook to lease about 60,000 square feet of the new building for 15 years at a cost of about $30 million, all of which would have been paid by Hamilton taxpayers.

Under the new proposal, the Lister will be preserved and adapted to modern use, with the city leasing about the same amount of space for 20 years at a cost of about $40 million, three-quarters of which would be paid by the province.

As city finance manager Joe Rinaldo explains it, the new proposal reduces the cost to local taxpayers from $30 million to $10 million, or about $500,000 per year over the life of the lease.

The new plan calls for Hamilton's public health unit to move into the Lister. That's where provincial funding kicks in. The idea is for the Ministry of Health to underwrite 75 per cent of the health unit's lease by adding money to its base operating budget.

That's not all the province is being asked to fork over.

The McGuinty government is expected to pick up the one-time capital costs of relocating the health department to the Lister, plus all necessary tenant improvements.

And it's also being asked to pay for a peer review of the project's cost and a heritage expert to ensure Lister's integrity.

The city wants the review to test the developers' claim that they need a 20-year lease to recapture the capital costs and interest they will have to pay on the mortgage, as well as their contention that preserving the Lister will leave them about $300,000 a year in the red.

The developers say they won't turn a profit on the project until they undertake a second phase, which would likely see the old adjacent buildings on King William and James Street torn down and replaced with new offices.

Councillors are expected to hear the results of all these negotiations in early January. In other words, any decision will fall to the new, post-election council.

But that doesn't change the bottom line: Unless things unexpectedly go off the rails, the McGuinty Liberals are poised to save the Lister. And it was McHattie who roped them in.
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Old October 6th, 2006, 06:37 PM   #85
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A contest is taking place for the new BRT buses. Make the design and if you win you could make some money.



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Old October 7th, 2006, 11:58 PM   #86
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I got a hold of a rendering for that 12 storey student residence proposal at Ewen St near Main St West.







Even got a copy of the floorplan


12 storey, 140 apartment dwellings, fronting Rifle Range Road, vehicular access from Ewen Road, “Podium” building design, 83 surface parking spaces, 99 underground parking spaces, 1.3 spaces/unit, rooftop gardens
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Old October 9th, 2006, 06:06 AM   #87
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Wow that is a nice looking building.


Was Passing through downtown today and I saw someguys doing some work on a building on wither the North East corner of Catherine and King of Mark and King. Looked like to be dong some improvments on the building.

Also whats happening with the 15 story Condo going up on the old Provicial Building I thought domolition was suppost to start in septermber.

On a side not the have put in a proper pathway through Mountain view Park on Concession and Upper Gage its make it much easiler to Walk Ride or Rollerblade right along the escarpment edge.
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Old October 16th, 2006, 12:51 AM   #88
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Hamilton Construction List

Downtown
Main and Catharine Street - 25 storey condo - Planning stage
221 York Boulevard - 15 storey condo – Approved
212 King William – 15 storey condo – Approved
McMaster Graduate Residence – 15 storey residential - Proposed
Chateau Royale Condominiums - 14 storey condo - Completed
Renaissance Royal Connaught Hotel – 12 storey 5 star hotel – 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
John C. Munro Federal building - 9 storey office - Completed
150 Main Street West – 8 storey condo – Approved
City Hall – 8 storey office – Renovation
66 Bay Street South - 7 storey condo - Completed
Cityview Terrace – 6 storey condo – Under construction
Lister Block – 6 storey office – Approved
Victoria and MacKay building – 6 storey condo/retail – Planning stage
14-18 Mary Street – 6 storey condo – Planning stage
11 Rebecca Street - 6 storey condo - Completed
87-89 King St East – 5 storey condo – Approved
1 Vine Street – 5 storey office – Proposed
Strathcona/Head - 5 storey condo - Under construction
Hamilton City Centre – 4 storey office – Under construction
Trinity Landing – 4 storey condo – Under construction
Tivoli Theatre - 4 storey office/Institute - Planning stage
53 King Street East - 4 storey condo/retail - Approved

West Hamilton
1686 Main Street West – 9 storey student residence – Under construction
17 Ewen Road - 12 storey student residence - Proposed

Hamilton Mountain
174-182 Mountain Park Avenue – 11 storey condo – Under construction
Marriott Courtyard Hotel – 4 storey hotel – Completed
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 – 8
Approved – 8
Renovation - 2
Proposed – 4
Completed - 5
Total - 37
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Old October 25th, 2006, 02:02 AM   #89
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Any Sign of a Tower Crane popping up yet down on King St. I don't get downtown too often anymore.

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Old October 25th, 2006, 02:23 AM   #90
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Keep getting "any day now" so any day now a crane will be up lol. But I think the Mayor and other government officials are suppose to do a shovel ceremony thing first, fitting for a re-election photo up.
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Old October 25th, 2006, 02:24 AM   #91
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Here's a city tender for 89 King Street East
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C10-24-06

Available
10/24/2006
Closing
11/9/2006

Tender for Pre-Qualified Contraction of Mixed Use Commrcial/Residential 5-Storey Building at 89 King Street East, Hamilton

NOTE: ONLY PRE-QUALIFIED BIDDERS ARE ABLE TO SUBMIT A TENDER, AND HAVE BEEN PREVIOUSLY SELECTED THROUGH THE PROCESS OF A REQUEST FOR PRE-QUALIFICATION, ISSUED UNDER CONTRACT NO. C10-16-06 WHICH CLOSED ON APRIL 18, 2006


MANDATORY SITE MEETING:

Time: 10:00 a.m. Local time
Date: Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Location: 89 King Street East, Hamilton, On (at rear of building)

All attendees are required to wear CSA approved hard hats and safety boots. Failure of a Bidder to attend this site meeting will result in the rejection of any Bid. submission by that Bidder.

SCOPE OF WORK

Construction of a mixed use commercial / residential 5 storey building to be located at 89 King Street East, Hamilton, open to pre-qualified bidders only.

· Buyer: Donna Drozdz - 905.546.2424, Ext. 4831
· Number of addenda issued: 0
· Document Fee: $144.00
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Old October 25th, 2006, 02:25 AM   #92
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So construction of 89 King Street East should be happening next month.

89 King Street East
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Old November 2nd, 2006, 05:26 AM   #93
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Hey everyone
I took the Bus downtwon today and went past St Deny's and noticed an area where they had poured concrete to support a tower cran as well as a square a some sort of Steel material.

Anyway Crane should go up soon I hope.
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Old November 2nd, 2006, 07:24 PM   #94
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A new loft is starting redevelopment. A new sign with the rendering was put up recently. It's at the corner of Walnut and Augusta.



Here's what it looks like now
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Old November 2nd, 2006, 07:51 PM   #95
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Its interesting that those to set of stairs go to the roof, Maybe they will have some sort of cafe up there.

I've noticed this building from the top the the Brow and wondered about it.
good to see its going to get some good use.
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Old November 3rd, 2006, 06:20 PM   #96
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I think the St Deny's crane is up today!

From the view of where I work I get to see Hamilton's skyline and I can see a big blue stick. I think it's a crane!
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Old November 4th, 2006, 05:03 AM   #97
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Sweet I will have to check it out tomorrow. I kinda hopenot because I wanted to watch them put it up but well see I guess.

If it is there its about time.

Anyway know whats going on with the Condo that going up on Jarvis and King William?
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Old November 4th, 2006, 05:11 AM   #98
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Hamilton should get a new tall. You guys deserve it.
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Agreed and something that is not an apartment building gone bad or a Black monster.

Probably is time we might see it happen.
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From the Stoney Creek News

Digging up new business

(Nov 4, 2006)

On Monday, business and community leaders were on hand as ground was broken on the largest industrial/office condominium project ever built in the City of Hamilton - Hamilton Business Park.



Located at 1100 South Service Rd., the 210,000 square-foot industrial/office condominium complex will feature offices from 625 square feet to 12,968 square feet, as well as industrial/retail units from 3,925 square feet to 78,000 square feet and will be ready for occupancy in early 2007.



"This is just great news. The biggest challenge we've got in the city, of course, has to do with job growth and economic development and this 210,000 square- foot industrial/commercial centre will create jobs and opportunities," said Mayor Larry Di Ianni."


Im suprised nobode has mentioned about this. I know its not Downtown but its still good news none the less.
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