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Durand Built Heritage Inventory Open House – Dec 14


Please accept this invitation to drop in on the public open house for the Durand Neighbourhood Built Heritage Inventory project on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 between 3:00pm to 7:00pm.  City Hall, 2nd Floor Mezzanine

 What is the Durand Inventory project?

The Durand Neighbourhood Built Heritage Inventory project is an initiative to update the City of Hamilton’s database of information on heritage resources in the neighbourhood.

The goal is to evaluate each property to determine if it has cultural heritage value or interest that should be recognized by adding it to the Register or further evaluated for potential designation under the Ontario Heritage Act.

 Where is the City at with the Durand Inventory project?

The preliminary evaluations have been completed and a draft report is now available online for review and comment on the project webpage.

The draft report recommends that 76% of all properties be added to the Register and 60 properties (6%) have been identified as candidates for designation.

 What is the purpose of this open house?

This open house is intended to give residents and affected property owners the opportunity to learn more about the project objectives and to review and discuss the candidate properties for inclusion in the Register and for addition to the designation work program.

What are the next steps in this project?

In early 2017, staff will be presenting the final project report to the Hamilton Municipal Heritage Committee for review and advice before proceeding to Planning Committee and Council for consideration.

 For more information on the City’s Built Heritage Inventory Process, please visit:


If you have any accessibility requirements, please contact Alissa Golden in advance of the open house by phone at 905-546-2424 ext. 4654 or by e-mail at alissa.golden@hamilton.ca. Advance requests are encouraged to enable us to meet your needs adequately.

Durand Park Revitalization – Public Information Centre (April 4th)

Our Durand Park Revitalization is underway.  Please mark you calendar:
Thursday April 4th, 6pm
YWCA in the Auditorium at 75 MacNab Street South 

We have an opportunity to get this right and create the best urban park in the City.    We need your feedback and the only way you can do that is to get involved. This is going to be an amazing evening.  We will have idea boards, short presentations, and small group breakout sessions led by Durand stakeholders.  This is the first step but the most important in creating the design of the Park.  To see the DNA’s presentation from 2008 and get yourself up to speed,  visit our website www.durandna.com, go to the Project page, and click on Durand Park: http://www.durandna.com/durand-neighbourhood-projects/durand-park/

Download the Information flyer here:
Durand Park PIC No 1 ad (022013) DRAFT

Please confirm your attendence and email: president@durandna.com

Durand AGM – Highlights of the Evening!

The AGM, despite last minute arrangements,  was a very informative and delightful evening.   A special thank you to the YWCA’s  Denise Doyle and Donna Corwyn and Maureen Scally from Councillor Farr’s office for coming to the rescue of the Durand Neighbourhood Association.  The Auditorium in the YWCA  in my opinion is one of the best venues that we have ever used and I can assure you we will be back.

President Sarah Matthews highlighted the activities  of the past year paying particular attention to our 40th Anniversary celebrations, our Durand Park Clean ups  and the launch of our new website and  connecting to social media with Facebook and Twitter.

Sarah reviewed events scheduled for the upcoming year, including skating parties, snow hopefully, the return of the Grand Durand Garden Tour June 15, 2013, public meetings for Durand Park Revitalization and St Marks, and Participatory Budgeting planning meetings with Councillor Farr.  She asked interested Duranders to contact Councillor Farr’s office for details.

And lastly, she stated that the DNA continues to monitor development, property standards, Hess Village and the Casino.  The DNA does not support a downtown location.

Our crime manager Sgt Frank Miscione thanked the DNA for  its  ongoing positive relationship with his office and the HPS  in helping to  keep the community safe.  He explained  that his position is to act as a resource to allocate units and resources to the Durand Neighborhood as required.  He heads up  COAST, a crisis intervention program,  he works along with Councillor Farr on the Hess Village Liaison Committee and  also sits on the City Hamilton Housing  Security & Safety Task Force.

Traffic complaints  are  a priority.   This past August/September  over 950 provincial infractions were laid, mostly cell phones and seat belt non-usage. Theft from Autos continues to be a major issue.  There was  a large increase  from August to September. To deal with this, 10 plain-clothes officers working nights have been assigned in Durand, Kirkendall, Strathcona and Central. He reminded us that with Christmas coming soon, Break and Enters will  become an issue.

He ended by asking us to continue to report crime. If it is a crime in progress, no matter how minor, call 911.

Ward 2 Councillor Farr  informed  Duranders that the DNA and he meet monthly to work on neighbourhood issues and initiatives to make the Durand a better place for all and he is very supportive of our efforts.
He outlined how Durand’s portion of Discretionary Funds from Area Rating  would be allocated.  These include the Pedestrian Activated Light at Herkimer and Caroline, flashing yellow lights in the Central School zone,  and funds dedicated  for the Durand Park ‘s brick and iron fence as part of park revitalization.

He encouraged Duranders to get involved with the Study Group and upcoming Environmental Assessment of Queen Street that he and Councillor McHattie are heading up.   He advised that the Pedestrian Mobility Plan is to be released shortly and should help with traffic calming on Queen Street.

The Security and Safety Task Force  have been successful in getting   security cameras on each of the floors to help with ongoing issues at the City Hamilton Housing units in the Durand.

A new development on Park South (3 townhouses) is pending and  the Hunter Street bike lanes are coming.

Jason encouraged the DNA to support him and the YWCA and  join him in a tour and learn about their needs and ways in which both Council and the DNA can support this wonderful downtown facility. In closing he asked Duranders to get their concerns to him with regard to the Casino.  Q&A followed with Councillor Farr and Duranders.

And to make sure the work continues:

The Durand Neighbourhood proudly presents your 2012-2013 Board of Directors.
Dennis Baker
Janice Brown
Alfred Cheng
Dave Cherwerksi
Jonathon Dalton
Kelly Foyle
Anders Knudsen
Sarah Matthews
Frances Murray
Claudia Sheldrick
Peter Topolovic

Following the adjournment of the Business Meeting of the AGM, President Matthews turned the program over to Kelly Foyle.

Feature Presentation by Ryan McGreal on Two-Way Street Conversion, followed by panel discussion with Nicholas Kevlahan, Kelly Foyle and Jonathon Dalton.

You can view here:
Thank you to all for attending and for making the past 40 years such a success.


The Durand Neighbourhood Association has had to move their Annual General Meeting location  scheduled for Tuesday October 23rd  from City Hall to the Auditorium of the YWCA, Jackson and MacNAb.  City Hall , Floors 1 and 2 of City Hall will be closed for any meetings from October 22nd to October 26th.  We will keep you updated.  Doors will still open at 6:30  with the meeting to start at 7pm.

Durand Annual General Meeting Reminder !

Hello Duranders,

The Durand Annual General Meeting will take place on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at City Hall, in Rooms 192/193.  Doors open at 6:30.  Please join us, hear updates on what your Association has been doing over the past year as well as plans for the upcoming year.

Councillor Farr and Sgt Miscione will both in attendance to answer any concerns that you may have as well as to provide information from their respective offices.

Our feature presentation will be led by blogger Ryan McGreal of “Raise the Hammer” along with a panel of experts including Kelly Foyle, Nicholas Kevlahan and Jon Dalton, all prominent Duranders with a passion for safe streets as well as active members of other organizations that promote “Complete Streets”.

The new Board of Directors will be elected at this meeting as well.  If you have an interest in taking an active role, and would like to have your name on the slate, please contact Sarah Matthews, our President for details.