There is a lot happening in our downtown neighbourhood and in the wider West Hamilton area. In case you haven’t heard, West Hamilton is undergoing an Accommodation Review by the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board. This process includes a review, with community input, of enrollment levels at our schools and the state-of-repair of our school facilities. Included in the review is Central Public School. Board member Paul Nichols and I have attended two public information sessions. We are so very lucky to have Paul Nichols on our board as he is a planner with the Toronto District School Board and has depths of knowledge about the process (and he doesn’t mind patiently explaining it to me).
Please be assured that there is no serious consideration of closing Central Public School. The initial report recommended closing Hess Street School (which is also not a good idea). The process itself is challenging. The province will offer money to build new schools, and although there is funding available for maintenance and repair of existing schools, the money is inadequate and additions to existing schools are normally not approved. One gentleman at the ARC meeting on March 8 mentioned his concern about giving up school properties and then having to buy land in the future when we have more residents in the downtown. This is a valid concern as there are plans in the works for further intensification in the lower city (West Harbour, Barton/Tiffany). You can find more information at this link:
Please feel free to share your feedback with the school board. The DNA will be writing a letter to support the retention of all nine schools as we believe all are important community centres/hubs.
DATES TO REMEMBER
LRT Meeting of Council – Tuesday, March 28. This is a special meeting of council to vote on the EAP. This should be a simple vote, however, we know that some councillors are getting nervous as we move closer to the construction phase. The agenda for the meeting is not yet available online. Updates to follow.
June 24, 2017 – Party in the Park! We will celebrate our 45th anniversary with music, displays, vendors, food trucks, face painting, balloon animals, horse and buggy rides. Fun, fun, fun! Hope to see you there.
We know from history that it’s not over until a building is actually demolished (e.g. Sandyford Place). Please take a moment and sign the petition asking the province to save our Gore Park buildings. These are structurally sound buildings and do not have to come down! The practice of demolishing sound buildings for “new” is wasteful and adds to our landfills. The Templar Flats on King William show what can be done with a bit of foresight and planning. The petition has 458 signatures already.
Thank you for your time and interest in Hamilton’s heritage.
The City is holding a Public Open House to present and explain the proposed updates to the Downtown Secondary Plan and Zoning Bylaw. Please see the invitation below for more information.
Hope to see you there!
Following is an email I received from our intrepid Janice Brown. There is still time to intervene to stop the demolition of our iconic Gore Park buildings. As long as they are standing, it is not too late! Please read the following and decide if you can spare a few minutes to send an email to the politicians listed below:
Last week the Planning Committee of Council approved the demolition of 24 & 28 King Street East and partial demolition of 18 – 22 King Street East.
These are all structurally sound heritage buildings in the heart of our city.
City Council meets on January 25 to vote on Planning Committee’s decision.
It is not too late to stop this demolition.
Friends of the Gore and supporters are sending letters to the Mayor and the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport requesting the following:
RE: 18-28 King Street East, Hamilton.
- NO DEMOLITION
- ESTABLISH A HERITAGE CONSERVATION DISTRICT FOR THE GORE
Please do the same and make our voices heard!
Ask the Mayor to contact the Minister of Tourism Culture and Sport to ask that she intervene to stop these demolitions.
Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ask Eleanor McMahon, the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport to intervene to stop demolition, to mediate, and establish a Heritage Conservation District.
Email to: email@example.com
Please appeal to MPP’s and MP’s as well.
Thank you, Carol and Janice
Beasley and Durand Neighbourhood Associations
If you’re like me, you like to be organized, so tonight I’m sitting down with pen and paper to jot down the times and locations of the Jane’s Walks I want to join. I’ll be using this link to get all the info and plan my weekend http://janeswalk.org/canada/hamilton/
You will definitely want to join our own Janice Brown as she leads her first Jane’s Walk through the Durand neighbourhood focusing on the history of the DNA. Meet at Durand Park at 11 a.m. Sunday, May 8.
Kevin Love is leading two explorations of alleyways: May 7 at 1:00 p.m. (meet at Gore Park) and May 8 at 1:00 (meet at Durand Park). Bring your bike!
Wear comfortable shoes, grab water to carry along and learn about your neighbourhood/city. There are so many walks to choose from thanks to the wonderful walk leaders volunteering their time, energy and knowledge.
You won’t want to miss it. See you there,