Category Archives: Durand Park

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

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.

Postcard Towers (Conflicted copy from DESKTOP-DESIGNE on 2017-05-04) (1)-page-001

Postcard Towers (Conflicted copy from DESKTOP-DESIGNE on 2017-05-04) (1)-page-002

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!

Heritage district street sign Model (2)

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: 1 St. James Place/ Transportation Master Plan/ CATCH article/Central Presbyterian Church

Hello Durand Neighbourhood members!

Winter has finally arrived in the Durand Neighbourhood! Although it’s a big adjustment in temps, we have to remember that last year was even COLDER at this time.   It’s unlikely we will manage a Durand Park ice rink this year as the park is still under construction, and the fencing is still in place. Next year we will have a really nice, level surface to flood for the enjoyment of all of the big and little skaters in our neighbourhood.


On December 9, 2015, Council refused Heritage Permit Application HP2015-039 to demolish 1 St. James Place. Shortly following notice of Council’s decision, the owner submitted a new Heritage Permit application once again requesting Council approval to demolish the house. The application includes new analysis and information not included in the first application.

Staff have begun processing the new application and it is anticipated that it will be reviewed by the Heritage Permit Review Subcommittee on January 26, 2016 (5 p.m. meeting at City Hall) and by Hamilton Municipal Heritage Committee on February 25, 2016 prior to consideration by Planning Committee and final decision by Council. If interested, please attend the January 26, 2016 meeting.


If you haven’t already done so, please visit the City of Hamilton website to complete the Transportation Master Plan survey. Here is a link to the survey:

The survey is open until January 29, 2016. Have your say on this very important topic.


The Useful Knowledge Society of Hamilton presented an interesting topic in November by Dr. Pamela Blais illustrating a method by which our city could raise more money, and encourage infill development, by adjusting development charges. See more on this on the CATCH website:


Central Presbyterian Church, at the corner of Caroline and Charlton in central Hamilton will be celebrating their 175th Anniversary during 2016.

On the third Sunday of February 1841, a small group of twelve people gathered in a school house in Hamilton awaiting the news that the Missionary Presbytery of the Canadas had approved their petition to become a congregation in their own right, and Central Presbyterian Church (then called The United Associate Church of Hamilton) was constituted.  Today, that church, nestled within the dignified Durand neighbourhood has grown in number, encompassing an active and eclectic congregation well known, in particular, for its music ministry.

Throughout 2016, the congregation will be remembering our past with thanksgiving, our present with gladness, and our future with hope and intention.  The theme for the celebration is taken from Proverbs 24:34…”Know also that wisdom is like honey for you: if you find it there is a future for you, and your hope will not be cut off.”     This historic occasion will be celebrated with various events and projects during the year. Friends and neighbours in the community are invited to join in these celebratory festivities which will be announced as the year progresses.

For more information, contact the church office at 905-522-9098, or visit

Durand Park Revitalization / “Durand 101” Information Meeting / Built Heritage Update / AGM

Hello Duranders,

Fall is here, school is back and we may find ourselves somewhat busier than we were a few months ago.  The DNA is no different and there is much going on in our neighbourhood; here’s a start with our top 4 fall projects to get your feet wet.

Durand Park Revitalization

The Durand Park Revitalization is underway and work will continue until November and then resume in April 2016. Alpine Green Landscaping will start with grading of the open space which will allow for our ice rink to be operational once we get snow.  They will then continue to move from south to north and the last installation will be the splash pad.  We have been assured that this will be operation for our youngsters in June.  Please see the link below for more information:



“Durand 101” – Learn about your Neighbourhood

The Durand Neighbourhood Association in partnership with our Ward 2 Community Animators will be hosting “Durand 101”.  This session is open to all Duranders, but is geared to those who are new to the community or those Duranders who are not members but  would like to learn about the Association, join and or take a more active role.  The date will be in October (still to be determined) and will be held at the YWCA on MacNab Street.  Stay tuned for more information in the upcoming weeks.

Durand Built Heritage Inventory.

Staff and ERA Architects have completed Phase 1 of the project which included identification and analysis of primary and secondary sources, studies and all other relevant information (photos, maps, etc. ) regarding the origins and evolution of Durand as well as preliminary field investigation and identification of the Durand sub areas.

Phase 2 includes a public consultation to prepare a Historic Context Statement.  This meeting will be held in early November.  Duranders will be asked about their perceptions of Durand, how the area is used and the places and areas that are valued by the community including those of social and cultural value.  This will lead help to develop the Historic Context Statement which will include a historical overview, thematic analysis , the attributes of each sub area and citizens comments gained from the public consultation.

We encourage you to come to this very import session to help us develop our Built Heritage Inventory. Date and location TBA.

You can begin your participation now by completing the Durand Neighbourhood Survey.

SAVE THE DATE: Annual General Meeting (Nov. 17, 7 – 9 pm)

The Annual General Meeting usually held in October will move to mid November.  The tentative date is Tuesday, November 17th, from 7pm-9pm.  The location is also still pending.  However we have a very special presentation on a very interesting and important project that we are working on to better preserve our Durand neighbourhood.