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Old May 27th, 2008, 07:34 PM   #61
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Special Advance Notice: Harry Stinson Presentation - "Connaught" project - Monday June 2/08 6:00 to 8:00 PM

Dear Chamber members and other community leaders:

Harry Stinson has requested to do a special personal public presentation here at the Chamber (Waterfront Centre) as above to any interested Chamber members, as well as any interested members of the general public about his planned project for the Downtown.

There may be a formal notice invitation coming later; but in the interim, as time is marching on, if you are interested in hearing directly from Harry in this important project, I do suggest that you put this into your calendar right now.

This briefing will be fully open to the public at no charge, so please feel free to pass this along to anyone whom you feel may be interested.

Hope to see you then.

R. John Dolbec
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Hamilton Chamber of Commerce
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Old May 27th, 2008, 07:49 PM   #62
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...only this one isn't anywhere near as good.
First thing I thought of when I saw it was LBT!

+ Why isn't this anywhere near as good?
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Old May 28th, 2008, 12:47 AM   #63
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Wow, honestly, at first I was kinda jealous that Hamilton had the chance to get Sapphire, after Toronto lost it, but now, since its redesigned, and plainly insane, I want it to happen. It'll look great in the city, rising high above anything else, and will give Hamilton a name in the world. Would do wonders for the city.
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Old June 3rd, 2008, 03:50 AM   #64
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I attended the presentation this evening, I got some renderings and I'll scan them tomorrow.

Here's the Connaught Hotel website....

http://www.theconnaught.ca/



Given the excitement about the Connaught project, we have accelerated the launch of the sales program and a temporary presentation centre will be opening

Saturday June 7th at 1 James St. South
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Old June 3rd, 2008, 03:44 PM   #65
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Scanned a copy of the Connaught booklet from yesterday's presenation.....















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Old June 3rd, 2008, 04:02 PM   #66
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Spectacular project.
With all of the positive news out of Hamilton, this has a good chance of success and will be transformative for the downtown.
Glad that you made it to the presentation and kept us in the loop.
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Old June 3rd, 2008, 07:29 PM   #67
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Condo king opening sales office weeks early

June 03, 2008
Wade Hemsworth
The Hamilton Spectator

Harry Stinson is so confident in his Connaught project that he's opening his sales office early -- more than three weeks before he even takes possession of the property.

Stinson told a full house at a Chamber of Commerce presentation last night that he plans to open his sales office in the former Laurentian Bank space at King and James streets downtown.

He said he expects to sell 100 suites in the first few weeks.

Stinson was rolling out his Connaught plans for the first time in public. The event drew about 100 people, split between the serious and the curious.

Stinson did not disappoint as he explained why he believes Hamilton is ready for a grandly refurbished Connaught Hotel with "jewel-box" condos on top, a public square out front and 1,000 parking spaces underground.

The 1916 building, plus a new "west wing," would be home to residential and office condos in the upper floors, above a four-storey hotel operation.

But it's what he proposes immediately behind the hotel that is drawing the most attention: a 1,000-foot condo spire, an idea that has divided Hamiltonians into two camps: doubters and believers.

One member of the audience pressed Stinson to guarantee he would even close the $9.5-million sale of the existing Connaught property on June 30 as planned.

"I will close, yes," he answered. "What else can I say?"

Another asked if he had studied other large-scale condominium projects in Hamilton.

"Yes," he answered. "That's what got me excited. There aren't any."

Stinson, who turns 55 today, was a restaurateur, real-estate salesman and condo developer in Toronto before moving to Hamilton earlier this year, achieving at least geographic separation from an unresolved legal battle with former business associate David Mirvish. They'd built One King West, a sleek hotel tower above an old bank in downtown Toronto -- an architectural antecedent to the Connaught project.

With condo prices in Toronto reaching $800 a square foot, Stinson said Hamilton is the "last frontier" of the Golden Horseshoe real-estate market, with a fully built downtown of historic buildings, far underpriced compared to its neighbours. His basic units would cost less than half the Toronto figure.
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Old June 7th, 2008, 09:55 PM   #68
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The Sales Office officially opened today.

Here's a newspaper ad....

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Old June 7th, 2008, 10:21 PM   #69
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Is it mere coincidence that the 80-storey tower resembles London's " Shard " proposal?
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Old June 8th, 2008, 01:48 AM   #70
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"Sapphire Tower" is cursed. How about changing the title to Royal Connaught Hotel and Tower! Height 305m(+)??

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Old June 8th, 2008, 02:04 AM   #71
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I wonder if Stinson will include cork flooring in his premium suite package. Lol How about some automatic retractable balconies powered by extendable wind turbines. Damn the guy's logic is so overwhelming!
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Old June 10th, 2008, 06:32 PM   #72
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Awsome supertall for Hamilton!



Still at proposal stage its anyone's guess when or if this tower will start to creep onto the skyline.

link:http://www.skyscrapernews.com/news.php?ref=1577
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Old June 11th, 2008, 12:34 AM   #73
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I really hope this makes it. This would really distinguish Hamilton as a major city instead of just a suburb of Toronto.
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Old June 12th, 2008, 03:24 AM   #74
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Awesome designs... but Hamilton? Meh. Throw it into Toronto's mix and call it a day.
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Old June 13th, 2008, 11:15 AM   #75
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Why the heck should a supertall building be built in Hamilton?
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Old June 13th, 2008, 11:32 AM   #76
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If you can build 2 towers like Absolute in Mississauga, you can build one tower like Sapphire in Hamilton. Besides, Hamilton is a REAL city, not a suburb. Hamilton has never been a suburb, and this is it's chance to maintain itself as a distinct major Canadian city.

Hamilton is the same size as Winnipeg and Quebec City, not some insignificant town like many people seem to think. I don't have much confidence in this project at this point, but this is exactly what Hamilton needs to shake off it's undeserved image problem. This was one of Canada's most important cities, and can be once again.

Ontario is much better off with a strong, vibrant, growing City of Hamilton than it being relegated to a distant suburb of Toronto.

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Old June 14th, 2008, 08:10 AM   #77
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I can't believe the disrespect that the city of Hamilton gets!

To anyone that doesn't think that Hamilton deserves a supertall...
"When" it is built, us Hamiltonians will gather up all your sorry asses,
fly all of you up there and drop you onto the pointy spire!!!!

If Dubai can get lots of supertalls...
(the city of Dubai is not much larger than Hamilton!)
and Toronto is too chicken shit to build higher....

It is time for Hamilton to come up from under the shadow of Toronto!!
Hamilton is a separate city from Toronto, something like San Diego is a
separate city from Los Angeles!
Is everything in southern California is a suburb of LA??????
Is Boston and Washington suburbs of New York????

There are a lot of medium sized cities in China that are building
supertalls, why not Hamilton??
Untill the building boom of the last 20 years, Hamilton was a larger city than
Calgary, Edmonton, and Quebec City. We are about the same size as Winnipeg.
We also have a much larger suburb base than any of these cities.
(We also had an NHL Hockey team (Hamilton Tigers) but we lost it because our
players had the gaul to ask to be paid for the playoffs. So the team was moved to New York (Americans)
Rumour has it that 8 different NHL owners have contacted Jim Bisillie
about selling their team to him so he can move it to Hamilton.
I'm sure the NHL will do all it can to stop it.
Pittsburgh twice, Buffalo and Nashville have almost made the move.
Tampa Bay and Ottawa were to move to Hamilton also.

OK, OK, I'm OK now,
I have lived in Hamilton all my life and it pisses me off when
people say insulting things without doing their homework.
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The time is here, "SUPERTALL FOR TORONTO" !!!
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Old June 14th, 2008, 09:37 AM   #78
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If you can build 2 towers like Absolute in Mississauga, you can build one tower like Sapphire in Hamilton.
Sorry but, I don't see the logic
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Old June 15th, 2008, 09:06 AM   #79
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The perceptions of Hamilton has been brought on by the city itself. I was born and raised in Hamilton but was fortunate enough to move out 11 years ago. I now live in Mississauga. The first 30+ years of my life spent in the city were lessons in fustration. Years ago the city had multiple opportunities to advance itself and rival Toronto, both in size and economic strength, but poor planning and shortsightedness kept it back.
Mass transit plans? Discussed but never materialized.
Down town office development? Discouraged do to height restrictions.
Expressway around the city? Took 25 years to build a four lane highway?
Sad, sad, sad.
My advise to all those fustrated Hamiltonians who get mad at the people who bash the city, is to get out of the city every now and again.
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Old June 15th, 2008, 12:26 PM   #80
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If you can build 2 towers like Absolute in Mississauga, you can build one tower like Sapphire in Hamilton. Besides, Hamilton is a REAL city, not a suburb. Hamilton has never been a suburb, and this is it's chance to maintain itself as a distinct major Canadian city.

Hamilton is the same size as Winnipeg and Quebec City, not some insignificant town like many people seem to think. I don't have much confidence in this project at this point, but this is exactly what Hamilton needs to shake off it's undeserved image problem. This was one of Canada's most important cities, and can be once again.

Ontario is much better off with a strong, vibrant, growing City of Hamilton than it being relegated to a distant suburb of Toronto.
i sometimes wonder why cant the GTA be like GMA (Greater Manila Area)--i dont mean slum infested--where the component cities share equal prominence and have their own 'individual' character that define them, not overshadowed by Manila City
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