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Old November 16th, 2006, 06:28 AM   #121
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Someone was telling me if Fred is successful at convincing the CN to relocate the yard then the next step would to partner up with a condo developer and spilt the cost of helping the CN to relocate and then the developer would have all that land for condo. The city will probably pay for the brownfield clean up, since Hamilton does have the most successful bronwfield clean job program in Canada. So in that sense it seems to be more affordable. But will take phases and I would bet it would take 10 years to complete.

Yes, if the yard is relocated they'll still be a rail line running down since it connects to the Niagara region. But if Toronto can build condos next to an expressway it can be done next to a rail line.

The condo development at Upper Wentworth is 11 storey.
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CRANE ALERT CRANE ALERT! lol

A crane for St Deny's is finally up! Yay!
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crap I wanted to see them put it up. Oh I guess Im taking the long way to work tomorrow woo hoo.

Its about blinkin time.
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Old November 19th, 2006, 06:05 AM   #124
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CRANE ALERT CRANE ALERT! lol

A crane for St Deny's is finally up! Yay!
Hey Um ya someone needs to wear glasses, No crane up yet, No Idea what you saw. Anyway I guess we need to keep our eyes peeled.

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Old November 22nd, 2006, 08:58 PM   #125
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Big Crane

Hey guys I was up on top of the escarpment today and noticed a large crane popping up over by Hamilton Cith Center involving the work they are doing there however by the time I left S Dennys and stopped on Ferguson watch a transport truck manover in behind the Provincial office building there to lord up itmes probably to move to there new building to tear that one down to make room for the 15 story condos going up I porceded over to York Blvd only to find the crane in the final stages of tear down so I missed what they acually used it for.

Also SOme interesting things over st St Dennys which I will update at a late time with pics.

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OK so I talked to a guy a St Dennys today and he tells me sometimes next week the tower Crane should go Up also they are laying cement tomorrow for the parking garage/main slab. Today a crane was at the site for about an hour or so off loading more Rebar. Anyway thats it.
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It appears with the Tivoli announcement it gave a big boost to 1 Vine Street proposal. It appears this project will become a reality as a major tenant appears to be making a deal, yay!


Anyone know what is happening with the Proposal at Vine and James.

Also I haven't herd much about the Condos for York and Hess
Also when might we see something happening with the City Housing Progect near King and John.
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Old November 23rd, 2006, 09:14 PM   #128
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Check this proposal out! Corner of Bay and King



http://www.myhamilton.ca/myhamilton/...ment+Study.htm
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Old December 4th, 2006, 05:00 PM   #129
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Hamilton Spectator wire services; The Canadian Press
(Dec 4, 2006)
TRANSPORTATION

Hamilton airport's expansion takes off

Hamilton airport will break ground this morning for the expansion of its International Arrivals area.

"This has been a very busy year for Hamilton international," said Richard Koroscil, president and CEO.

"We're pleased that Phase 1 of our expansion project is under way and look forward to announcing more growth opportunities for HI in the coming months."

The $1.6-million project, to be finished by May, will see the area expanded by 700 square metres to include office and inspection space for the Canada Border Services Agency, new and expanded washrooms and upgraded electrical supply.

John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport serviced by WestJet and Air Canada for domestic flights and starting May 1 flyglobespan will provide 21 flights per week to Britain.
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Old December 8th, 2006, 09:09 PM   #130
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A grande dame in need of help

Ballet company and city are searching for $12 million to restore the Tivoli
By Jessica Mcdiarmid
Special to The Hamilton Spectator
(Dec 8, 2006)

It could cost $12 million to save the Tivoli theatre, if it can be saved at all.

The $12 million is a very rough estimate and it's not known whether the building is sound.

Architects haven't examined the remnants of the original structure to determine whether it can be restored, said Scouter Ward, secretary for the Canadian Ballet Youth Ensemble.

The ballet company has to raise money to pay architects after its purchase of the half-demolished building in September, said Ward.

"It all costs money," he said.

The company celebrated the 10th season of the Nutcracker at the Tivoli yesterday, in hopes that it will one day be a place they call home.

For now, they're dancing at Hamilton Place.

While ballet dancers in winter coats sang Happy Birthday on the old stage under peeling paint, city officials and organizers spoke about plans for the James Street theatre.

Company president Belma Diamante said it's already working on the choreography for a world premiere that will take place at the Tivoli. It's also putting together a book of stories about the theatre for the many Hamilton residents with fond memories of it, Diamante said.

"Hopefully, we can bring back some of the memories."

But the years of neglect show at the Tivoli.

Large holes from water leaks mar the ceilings, pieces of moulding litter the floors and the north wall may be bowed. Originally built as a carriage factory in the 1870s, the Tivoli was converted to a theatre in 1924.

The company is working on a business plan and will launch a capital campaign soon, said Diamante.

They hope to raise enough money to cover $12 million to repair the building and another $5 million for an endowment fund.

Diamante estimated an opening date is at least three to five years away.

Gord Moodie, loans and grants co-ordinator for the city's downtown renewal division, said $7 million has been secured through a first mortgage.

Once the business plan is complete, the city will consider using funds from heritage and downtown renewal budgets for the restoration, as well as from the Hamilton Realty Capital Corporation.

A film company has expressed interest in using the building.

"I think we can do it," said Moodie.

He added that he hopes the financing will be in place by the spring.

Ward 2 Councillor Bob Bratina, who also showed up yesterday, agreed.

"There's a good, positive outlook for the Tivoli," he said.

Ward said city hall has been very supportive of the company's efforts to restore the Tivoli.

"They see it as a wonderful way to regenerate the downtown area."
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Old December 13th, 2006, 04:15 PM   #131
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City floats west harbour plan

The West Harbour Waterfront Recreational Master Plan will chart the development of the harbour for the next 20 to 30 years. It is being unveiled tomorrow night.


Boating clubs wary of the four alternatives, which all call for relocations
By Peter Van Harten
The Hamilton Spectator
(Dec 13, 2006)

The city-owned west waterfront has been a battle zone in past years between the city and boating groups over the location of the waterfront trail, access to the water and security of boats.

The West Harbour Waterfront Recreational Master Plan, being unveiled to the public tomorrow night, will also mean major change for the boaters.

Each of four alternatives would shift some of the clubs, which lease their facilities.

City planners Christine Lee-Morrison and Justin Readman stress that the master plan is designed to keep the clubs in the harbour.

Everyone who wants to stay at the harbour can remain, said Readman.

Councillor Chad Collins is enthusiastic about the plan and says the city needs to capitalize on the lands it took over from the former Hamilton Harbour Commissioners.

The plan will chart the development of the west harbour for the next 20 to30 years and Collins says changes would likely draw even more boating enthusiasts to the harbour.

It's up to the clubs whether they are willing to centralize in one location, but the city is not looking to displace them from the waterfront, he said.

"I understand people are very reluctant to facilitate change, for good reason; they have been there for a long time and they were there when nobody else wanted to be there," said Collins of the yachting, sailing and rowing clubs.

But putting them together may free up more waterfront space for commercial recreational opportunities.

Restoring a deteriorating shoreline and restoring fish habitat would likely cost millions, he said.

Collins said Burlington has been getting all the attention in past months for its waterfront plans "but when you look at all the land we have available to use, there is so much we can do here."

Bill Mitchell, commodore of the Macassa Bay Yacht Club, isn't happy that all proposed alternatives will require his club to relocate.

But Paul Vayda, a past commodore of the Royal Hamilton Yacht Club, said he is optimistic about the "eye-opening" proposals.

The city has listened to suggestions for the boating community in its planning, he said.

The city planners were not looking for Band-Aid solutions for the west harbour but wanted to do things in "a big way" with new seawalls and breakwalls and a total redesign.

"This is not just planting a few trees and making it look pretty," Vayda said. "Stand -pat was not an option and they want the most bang for the buck.

"Would we prefer to just stay where we are? Probably, but that's not in the cards," said Vayda.

The plan is being presented at the Workers Art and Heritage Centre at 51 Stuart St. from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The public is encouraged to offer comments.

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Alternative A A public marina and yachting and power boating in the main basin by the Royal Hamilton Yacht Club area but putting smaller recreational boating and sailing clubs in Macassa Bay.

Alternative B Two marinas in the main basin, one public and one central facility for clubs and putting smaller recreational boating in Macassa Bay.

Alternative C A public marina with club facilities in the main basin and putting smaller recreational boating in the west side of the main basin with no boating in Macassa Bay.

Alternative D A centralized public marina and club facilities in the main basin and recreational boating in the Strachan Channel and no boating in Macassa Bay.
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Hamilton's harbouring dreams

Four scenarios for the future of the city's west harbour all provide more public access

By Peter Van Harten
The Hamilton Spectator
(Dec 14, 2006)
Dream a little.

It's 2036 and you are sailing under the bumper-to-bumper traffic on the Skyway bridge and on into Hamilton's attractive west harbour.

The recreational master plan for the West Harbour Waterfront was approved late in 2007 and the success of the harbour plan is obvious.

You see the waterfront trail, active with walkers and in-line skaters who rented their wheels at the booths that also provide the rental canoes, rowboats and kayaks to boaters paddling out in the water.

Bayfront Park, with its two special event pavilions, is busy with picnickers drawn to the waterfront by the increased seating, trails, food booths and new washrooms.

The "signature park" with its fountains and gardens on the table lands at the entrance to Bayfront Park welcomes visitors.

Macassa Bay, the small bay beside it, has seen major changes.

It's now restricted to small, passive boating. The marina slips and moorings are gone, relocated to the main west harbour basin with its 500 to 700 slips farther east. Macassa Bay has been naturalized and is an enhanced fishing area where more than 38 species can be caught.

This is one possible future imagined for Hamilton's west harbour among a series of proposals being unveiled tonight.

Tackling the west harbour is the next major challenge in the city's decades-long struggle to reclaim its harbour from the monopoly of shipping and industry.

"If done properly, it will be a wonderfully diverse and interesting waterfront but it won't happen without some difficulty," said John Hall of the Hamilton Harbour Remedial Action Plan. Hall is a member of the advisory group of boaters, sailors, residents and stakeholders who sat down with the planners.

The proposals, which aim to expand public access to the waterfront, will likely mean major changes to the people who have long used the bay for their recreation: boaters, sailors and rowers.

Look into the future at some of the possibilities they dealt with.

Removing the boating facilities from Macassa Bay opened it up to naturalization. The scenarios suggest Macassa Bay as a fishing area.

It's the vital area for fish and wildlife habitat, says Hall. "You will see this wealth of aquatic plans and fish and wildlife habitat in the shallow zones."

The suggestion to move boaters out of Macassa Bay comes from a real need, said city planner Justin Readman.

Millions will be needed to restore the shorelines of the west harbour and create new breakwalls and seawalls to restore the aquatic life in the bay.

Millions more will have to be found for the relocation of the sailing clubs from their outdated facilities, leased from the city until 2012, and into new buildings.

A new club facility for rowing, dinghy sailing and dragon boaters in the western edge of the main basin is one of the future possibilities.

With the history of marina activity in the west harbour dating back to 1820 and the battles with the city over revenue-producing winter storage of boats, it's not surprising boat clubs are wary of going into one new centralized public marina with room for everyone.

That same alternative -- of four possible ones -- also provides for a new public marina with shared facilities for the yacht club, power boaters, commercial enterprises and the city.

It's in the main basin where the tour boats to Hamilton now stop.

"There is room for sailboats and tour boats but these things are not overwhelming each other," Hall said of the future vision.

Little surprise, he says, because Hamilton's harbour is three times the size of Toronto's harbour.

"We will have these wonderful qualities in Hamilton harbour where we have natural areas in close proximity to where boating and recreation is and someone down in the west end can wander out to Pier 8 where there will be housing," Hall said.

In 1992, there was less than 5 per cent of the harbour accessible to the public but in 2006 it was more than 25 per cent. The remedial action group has expanded its future access target to 35 per cent. It could be a wonderful place, said Hall.
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I got some news about the Royal Connaught Hotel project.

Oscar who owns a couple of hotels in Hamilton will announce within a month from now that he intends to build two 20 storey buildings (twin towers) at the parking lot for the Connaught. One building will be a condo with all the hotel services included and the other building will be a senior residence building.

Part of the deal is that Ramada which is next to the Connaught will build a sky tunnel connecting Ramada and Connaught Hotel so that people can use the Ramada Convention Centre which is the 2nd largest in Hamilton.

So expect to hear an announcement about this in January. Currently Oscar is finalizing the finance.

The Royal Connaught Hotel will be part of the Marriott Renaissance Hotel chain. Already the hotel has secured a deal with the Keg Restaurant which will be located at King and John. More tenants will be announced.

Here's the rendering for the Ramada Convention Centre
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Alternative A A public marina and yachting and power boating in the main basin by the Royal Hamilton Yacht Club area but putting smaller recreational boating and sailing clubs in Macassa Bay.

Alternative B Two marinas in the main basin, one public and one central facility for clubs and putting smaller recreational boating in Macassa Bay.

Alternative C A public marina with club facilities in the main basin and putting smaller recreational boating in the west side of the main basin with no boating in Macassa Bay.

Alternative D A centralized public marina and club facilities in the main basin and recreational boating in the Strachan Channel and no boating in Macassa Bay.
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RBG Set To Go On 11 Million Dollar Rejuvenation
Dec, 19 2006

HAMILTON - The Royal Botanical Gardens is set to go on phase-1 of its rejuvenation plan.

The federal and provincial government have confirmed that they are each pumping 2.3-million dollars, into the 11 million dollar project.

The rest of the funding has already been raised by the RBG, and board chair Terry Yates says they hope to complete the work by March of 2008.

Phase-1 includes creating barrier-free access at the gardens, increasing year-round display and program space and providing a new "gateway" entrance to the RBG Center.

Yates adds that a fundrasing campaign will be launched in the new year in support of phase-2 of their rejuvenation, which will include expansion and repairs to the RBG's aging buildings.
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Two new current projects in Hamilton with renderings.

Hamilton Health Sciences Research Institute


I think most already know that Hamilton is becoming a major research hub for Canada, it's the transition from manufacturing to research and health care jobs.

North Hamilton Community Health Centre


Both of these projects will be LEED
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Here's the site plan for the redevelopment of the General Hospital. New research building (5 storey) and a new rehab building (3 storey). The green box at the corner will be a future 8 storey office building.

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Sandbar set to go from 'cancer' to centrepiece

By Nicole Macintyre
The Hamilton Spectator
(Dec 21, 2006)

Hamilton's most notorious crackhouse is set to become a centrepiece of downtown renewal.

The city's new development corporation wants to revitalize the Sandbar as part of a proposed $10 million- to $30-million project in the parking lot behind the former King Street bar.

Early plans include a parking garage with commercial space and possibly residential units. The development would allow a parking lot on King William Street to be turned into a park.

The deal is still in the works, but Gord Moodie, manager of the Hamilton Realty Capital Inc., is optimistic about the project.

"It's going to do a lot for the downtown."

The Sandbar, famously called a "cancer of the downtown core," was seized by the province in March and handed over to the city.

The project would be the first venture for the realty corporation, a public-private partnership created by the city this summer.

The city loaned $2 million to start the for-profit company that depends on private investors to finance projects. The goal is to buy, develop and sell downtown real estate.

Moodie said the police have expressed interest in having space in the project in front of Central Station.

The prospect of police moving into the Sandbar is "nearly poetic," said Mayor Fred Eisenberger.
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Hamilton Construction List

Downtown
Main and Catharine Street - 20 storey condo - Planning stage
Main and Catharine Street - 20 storey senior residence - 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
Hamilton Central Library - 6 storey Institute - Renovation
87-89 King St East – 5 storey condo – Approved
1 Vine Street – 5 storey office – Proposed
Strathcona/Head - 5 storey condo - Under construction
193 King Street East - 5 storey mixed used condo/retail - Planning stage
Catharine Street - 5 storey parking garage - Approved
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
Augusta & Walnut - 4 storey loft - Approved
1 Hunter Street East - 4 storey office - Approved

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

East Hamilton
Hamilton Health Sciences Research Institute - 5 storey Institute - Approved
1100 South Service Rd - 4 storey office - Under construction
Mohawk (STARRT) Institute - 3 storey Institute - Approved
HHS Rehab Hospital - 3 storey Institute - Approved

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
Marriott Residence Inn - 4 storey hotel - 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 – 11
Planning – 10
Approved – 15
Renovation - 3
Proposed – 4
Completed - 5
Total - 48
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