Category Archives: Community Events

Events and Activities in and around the Durand Neighbourhood

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 or tour the action taking place all across the city on June 3!

Large text poster for seniors

Reminder – Town Hall on May 17

Remember to join us at the Town Hall to see the proposal for development between Bold, Duke, MacNab and Park.   This is your chance to ask questions and receive answers directly from the developer, Medallion Corp.  Hope to see you there.

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Updates – May 9, 2017

Hello Duranders,

Here are a few updates since the last newsletter and blog post. Olivia, who is nurturing her alleyway pollinator garden, was invited to showcase her 3- D image of her “pollinator garden” this past week at the city-wide 2014 – Chase your Dream Festival

Congratulations Olivia! Please visit Olivia at our 45th DNA Anniversary Party in the Park June 24th. She would be delighted to share her experiences with you. And to those Duranders who sent offers to help Olivia with supplies, a great big Thank You.olivia 2

Central Public School

Not only will Olivia be on hand at our 45th celebration, but Mrs. Bower’s Grade 4/5 class will be presenting a display titled “Then and Now” featuring Central Public School. As many of you know, this is the first graded school in Ontario. Central Public School opened in 1853 with 12 classrooms and 1000 students!

Did you attend Central Public? Do you know of anyone who did? Spread the word and make sure to visit this booth on June 24, 2017 Durand Park. We have photos, newspaper clippings, and anniversary celebrations dating back to 1853 right up to the present day.

Durand Built Heritage Inventory

The Durand Built Heritage Inventory staff report will be presented to the Hamilton Municipal Heritage Committee (HMHC) on May 18, 2017 for approval. If approved, this report will then go to the Planning Committee and then to Council.

For additional information on Durand Inventory and the staff recommendations:

Town Hall Meeting:  May 17

Medallion Development Corporation will be on hand to present their plans for the property located at Duke, Bold and MacNab. Currently there are five low rise apartments located on this site. Your voice matters! Please make sure to mark your calendars for the upcoming Town Hall Meeting Wednesday May 17, 2017, Old Football Hall of Fame Auditorium, behind City Hall. Doors open at 6:30. Presentation 7pm-9pm.

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Street Signs!

Look for new street signs for our two Heritage Conservation Districts. (Durand Markland and MacNab-Charles).  During the 2014 Participatory Budget process, signage was approved for each of the neighbourhoods in Ward 2. With our funding allocation, we choose to feature and bring attention to our heritage districts. Thank you to board member Geoff Roche who designed our signs.

We are hoping that the installation will occur in time for our 45th Anniversary Celebration June 24, 2017 Durand Park. We have carriage rides planned for a portion of the Durand Markland Heritage District. Make sure to take part in this featured activity. We will be providing a commentary along with the ride!

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45th Anniversary Celebration – June 24th


Ta da!  Thanks to Meaghan Carrocci for all of her hard work and patient listening to input from committee members.  We hope you like our logo for the 45th Anniversary celebration of the Durand Neighbourhood Association.

In case you are new to the neighbourhood, the date for our celebration is June 24th starting at 1 p.m. in Durand Park.  You will enjoy:  Displays, music, vendors, face painting, balloon animals, and much more.  Hope to see you there!



Updates and Dates to Remember

Hi everyone,

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.


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.