Category Archives: History and Heritage

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!

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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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Neighbourhood Meeting – May 17 at Football Hall of Fame

Image for Medallion articleAs we recently reported in the Durander, Medallion Corporation has purchased the property between Bold, Duke, MacNab and Park Streets — currently five low-rise apartment buildings.  They have new plans for this site, proposing to infill with two 25-storey towers with a parking podium.  The proposed buildings would continue to be rental units, as are the current buildings.

If you are interested in finding out more, please come to the meeting at the OLD Football Hall of Fame (on Jackson Street) on May 17 at 7 p.m. to learn more.  There will be a presentation of the proposal, as well as a chance for residents to ask questions.

Developers love the Durand neighbourhood!

Good News Items

Hi Duranders,

It’s been an interesting week watching our City Council as they struggle with what to do with the billion dollar gift from the province, but there are always good news stories and here are two, shared by Janice Brown:


I am delighted to introduce you to Olivia, a very special young Durander who I became acquainted with during activities that we have hosted in the Durand Park since our revitalization.  Most recently, her class at Ryerson carved 30 pumpkins for the very successful Spooktakular hosted byDurand Neighbourhood Association last October!

And now, Olivia’s class working on an assignment called “Chase the Future – 2041”, a project that impacts her generation and how she sees her Hamilton in 2041.

On Thursday afternoon while we were both in the park, Olivia asked me if I knew of a space in Durand where she could implement her idea to create a “pollinator garden”.  I suggested she investigate our alleyways.  By that evening, not only had she found a plot of land where a neighbor was more than willing to allow her to do this, but she had her plot cleared and was beginning to cultivate.  I met up with her again on Good Friday (next day) and learned that her teacher would contribute a bag of soil and some seeds.  She will be planting milkweed and other native plants that will attract our pollinators, and the best part is that she has encouraged her friends to plant their own gardens.  As for her alleyway, she wants to make it a living piece of art! I love her creativity, her enthusiasm, her drive and her initiative.  If anyone can help, I know Olivia could use more soil, any native plants that you might be able to donate and mulch.  She has the tools and more importantly the drive!

Olivia plans on creating a 3-D image of her “pollinator garden” and hopes to be a successful candidate in an upcoming special school Festival in May.  You will also be able to see he work at our 45th DNA Anniversary Party in the Park June 24th.

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Please email Janice Brown if you can help Olivia with plants, mulch or soil!


The AGH is hosting a walking tour led by Bill Manson, author of Footsteps in Time.  The walk is titled:  Hamilton’s Stone Age of Architecture, 1800-1900:  A Historical Walking Tour with Bill Manson.  You can sign up at this link.  The cost is $40 for AGH members and $50 for non-members.