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Updates: Medallion Town Hall, Heritage, 100 in 1 Day


In case you missed it, about 75 Duranders filled the auditorium in the old Football Hall of Fame on Wednesday, May 17.  We were joined by Rad Vucicevich, Nick Rassenti (IBI), Stephanie Kwast and Ken Chen who presented their proposal for two point towers of 27 and 29 storeys onthe site bordered by Bold, Duke, MacNab and Park.  Medallion is in the very early stages of the plan, and have the following steps to take:

  • Traffic study
  • Shadow study
  • Parking study (e.g. how many parking spots per unit)
  • Hydro-geological study
  • Heritage consultation
  • Public Meeting
  • Rezoning (currently zoned for 12 storeys)

The projected timeline is 18 months to four years.  The reps from Medallion answered many questions from residents, but did not have firm plans for some important questions from current residents of the apartments, including: Where/when is replacement housing for current tenants planned?  Will current tenants have priority in the new buildings?  What will rent levels be in the new buildings?

For other residents of Durand, increased traffic was the top item of concern, despite assurances that tenants of these buildings will not need cars due to proximity to HSR and GO transit.

Medallion has promised to keep the lines of communication open through the Durand Neighbourhood Association.  We will send out updates through this blog.

Thank you for continuing to engage on matters that are important to this neighbourhood and our neighbours.


13-15 Inglewood approved for Designation by HMHC and moving to Planning and then Council.

Durand Built Heritage is moving to Planning and then Council.

All Heritage Permits approved for Pasadena Apartments.

Work is underway at St Marks.


June 3 is the day for 100-in-1-Day initiatives throughout the city and globally (see poster below).  In Durand, Chris Redmond of Durand Coffee is organizing a clean-up of Durand Park and alleyways throughout Durand.  Meet at the coffee shop at 9:30 a.m. on June 3 to get started with some hot delicious beverages and maps, then we’ll set out and pick up all trash and litter we can find in Durand Park and all over the neighbourhood. (Bags and gloves will be provided.)   It’s a fun way to meet your neighbours and spiff up the neighbourhood at the same time.   Here is the link for our event:  Click

If you have an idea for other 100-in-1-Day projects, Register  100in1day.ca/hamilton or tour the action taking place all across the city on June 3!

Large text poster for seniors

St. Mark’s – Remarks to Council June 1, 2016

June 1, 2016 GIC Meeting and Recommendations for St Marks – Delivered to Council by Janice Brown

Good Morning Council and Staff.  The Durand Neighbourhood Association is delighted to see the staff recommendations for Phase 2 and 3 to operate St Mark’s as a cultural programming space, and on behalf of the DNA we would like to thank all who have worked so hard on this file.

Thank you:

Culture & Tourism Staff, Councillor Farr, City Council, Ward 2 Community Council and Citizens of Hamilton You have all played an important role advocating for the adaptive reuse of St Mark’s.

Many of you in this room are aware that he DNA has advocated for St Mark’s since 1988.  However, the past four years have truly been a collaborative experience that has engaged all of the stakeholders to finally operate St Mark’s as a cultural programming space.

The catalyst was the St Mark’s Public Open House in 2013, the work of City Staff.  More than 250 people participated and, more importantly, demonstrated their support and interest in St Mark’s adaptive reuse as a cultural programming space.

 In 2013 Councillor Farr introduced Participatory Budgeting to Ward 2 Citizens and in 2014, Ward 2 residents voted to provide $100,000 for roof restoration for St Mark’s

In 2015, Staff presented and Council approved the Cultural and Programming Space Financial and Operating Plan.

In 2015, Ward 2 Community Council (six neighbourhood associations) directed $400,000 to St Mark’s from 2015 monies in Ward 2’s Area Rating Capital Reserve.

In 2015, City Staff, Councillor Farr and the DNA were successful in getting Council support for the St Mark’s grant application for the Federal Canada 150 Infrastructure Program.  More importantly, the Conservative Federal Government awarded the City $280,000 for St Mark’s.  We all know how difficult accessing grant money can be.

In May 2015, City Staff and members of the DNA developed and participated in two days of cultural and community programming for “May is Museum Month” in partnership with Doors Open and Jane’s Walk.  Over 463 guests visited St Marks and enjoyed all of the cultural activities, testimony that we were certainly on the right track.

And today, June 1st 2016,  Staff have provided a Capital Funding Plan that will see the restoration of St Mark’s Phase 2 and 3 be completed by 2020 or sooner.

I can assure you that all who came before us who have been a part of this long journey for the adaptive reuse of St Mark’s and who are still with us today will be invited to celebrate.  That includes former DNA members, Councillors, and of course Staff, because without their work over the past 22 years, none of this would be possible

And finally, the DNA will continue to be stewards for this special place just as we have been for not only St Mark’s, but our Durand Park.  The DNA looks forward to this journey to care for St Marks and our cherished green space. 

St Mark’s Letter to the Editor Raise the Hammer Bike Lanes Movie Night Durand Built Heritage City of Hamilton Inventory

Hello Duranders, in the news this week we have more on heritage preservation, an update on neihbourhood bike lanes, a reminder of our movie night and a call out to complete the Durand-focused built heritage inventory.

St. Mark’s Preservation – Letter to the Editor

We cannot afford to lose the heritage designated St. Mark’s or the associated park located at the corner of Hunter and Bay streets. The former Anglican Church and associated green space are much more than the sum of their parts. There are compelling reasons for the site to be fully restored for public use and parkland.

The Durand continues to be the most densely populated neighbourhood in the city. Our boundaries are from Main to the Escarpment, Queen South to James South. The small neighbourhood has almost 12,000 residents with only one functional park, Durand. The city has acknowledged that there is a deficit of 7.16 hectares of parkland. More than half of our residents live in highrise apartments or multi-unit buildings. As a result, they have very limited access to green space or parkland and virtually no local recreational and community space.

St. Mark’s will fill those needs and add cultural space for ongoing programming for Whitehern as a venue for special events. The Durand Neighbourhood Association has successfully partnered with Whitehern on many successful occasions. We support the upcoming staff report which should detail the next steps.

It is highly unlikely that the Durand will ever see another funding opportunity of this magnitude. The federal government has rallied behind us; the community, staff and Coun. Jason Farr have supported us; we have all come together with resources to finally make a restored St. Mark’s a reality. After 20 years of discussions, we ask that Mayor Fred Eisenberger and our present day council consider what is at stake and support this wonderful initiative. This will indeed be a wonderful 150th birthday party celebration for Hamilton and Canada!

Thank you to all those past and present who have helped to conserve this site and green space for all of those who shall come after us!

Janice Brown, President, Durand Neighbourhood Association


Durand Bike Lanes Update
Next month, the City of Hamilton plans to install parking-protected bike lanes on Charlton Avenue West and Herkimer Street between Dundurn Street South and James Street South. Read the raisethehammer article here.
Durand Built Heritage Inventory 
The City is conducting a built Heritage Inventory Survey focusing on the Durand neighbourhood. Have your say: . We encourage all Duranders to fill out this inventory and spread the word to their neighbours.

Durand Movie Night Update (Sept. 19th, 5-10 pm, HAAA)

You can now visit the Movie Night event page and RSVP your attendance.  If you plan to attend the event on September 19th at the HAAA, its great for us to know you are coming!

St Mark’s Media Release and CHML Sold on Hamilton with Judy Marsales

Hello Duranders,

With the long weekend here, we have some great news regarding St. Mark’s Church and a radio interview with Durand President Janice Browne.  If you’re staying in the City, there is much to do, especially if the weather holds and we can avoid the rain.  Why not grab a SoBi and head down to Cootes Paradise and check out one of the many trails that run along the waterfront. Have a fun and safe weekend!

St Mark’s To Celebrate Canada’s 150

“Canada 150 Infrastructure Program Awards $280,000 to St Mark’s”

Member of Parliament David Sweet for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale presented the City of Hamilton with $280,000 for the ongoing rehabilitation of St Mark’s.  These funds are part of a national program the Harper Government launched this spring to celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation in 2017.

These investments in local community infrastructure are intended to create opportunities to participate in local, regional or national celebrations which will generate pride attached to Canada.

Quick Facts:

  1. St Mark’s was built in 1877 and purchased by the City in 1994.St Mark’s including the green space was designated as a historic site in 1995. The Durand Neighbourhood Association has supported the adaptive reuse for the last 20 years and has contributed to its rehabilitation financially and through volunteer work.
  2. In 2014, a municipal feasibility study identified St Mark’s as a future community centre providing accessible, cultural programming and green space for the Durand neighbourhood, an underserved part of Hamilton.
  3. The adaptive reuse of St Mark’s will provide a venue to tell the story of Canada’s confederation through historical and community based exhibits, unique festivals, events and multi cultural programming.
  4. St Mark’s will be a legacy project for Canada’s sesquicentennial celebrations.

Yonatan Rozenszajn, Director, Durand Neighbourhood Association:

“We are pleased that the Federal Government has recognized the unique historical value of St. Mark’s and the positive impact this project will have for Hamilton. The heritage designated building and associated grounds will provide recreational space to numerous residents from a number of underserved downtown neighbourhoods. We look forward to celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary at St. Mark’s.”

The Durand Neighbourhood Association would like to thank our Director Yonatan Rozenszajn and Councillor Farr who were instrumental in convincing the City of Hamilton to designate St. Mark’s a project worthy for the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program. 

NR – David Sweet MP -CIP150 Project Announcement Rockton – Jul28-15 Backgrounder – CIP 150 Announcement Rockton – MP David Sweet – July 28-15

CHML Sold on Hamilton – Tune in this Saturday August 1st

Tune into Judy Marsales Radio Show “Sold On Hamilton”, on Saturday Sugust 1st from 11am to 12 noon.  DNA President Janice Brown will be a featured guest dscussing history, heritage and other happening in the “hood”.  Tune to 900CHML on your AM radio dial.

Durand Movie Night: Save the Date!

Join the Duran on Saturday September 19th from 5pm to 10pm at the HAAA Grounds for an outdoor screening of Big Hero 6. Please note the location change to HAAA while Durand Park is being revitalized.

Durand Movie Night



St Mark’s Good News Story

At the General Issues Committee meeting on Wednesday May 16, Council unanimously approved the following recommendations for St Mark’s Church  and the open space:

  • That Tourism & Culture Division, in cooperation with the Portfolio Management Committee, complete the in-house feasibility study to operate St Mark’s as a cultural programming space to be administered by staff at Whitehern Historical House and Gardens as directed by Council in Report CS10-064.
  • That Staff complete stabilization of the building to prevent any further deterioration and bring it to usable standard.
  • That this project be submitted for the 2013 Capital Budget for Council’s consideration.

In addition to the above, there will be engagement with the Durand Neighbourhood and other stakeholders that will figure prominently in examining the feasibility of using St Mark’s as a cultural programming space.

You can see the full report on the City’s Website or here.