The Durand Neighbourhood Association and those residents who recently received a Notice of Public Hearing from the Committee of Adjustment for an Application for a Minor Variance for 81-85 Robinson (City Square) could not be happier.

The Public Notice was so complicated and confusing in its wording that none of us, even with the help of a lawyer and a former chair of a committee of adjustment could understand what the variance was requesting relief from and what was being requested by the applicant NHH.

Councillor Farr informed the Association that beginning with committee of adjustment applications, staff will be revising all of their public notices to make them more user friendly in terms of layout and format This should provide more clarification to citizens on what the current zoning allows and what relief the variance by the applicant is requesting.

According to Councillor Farr, staff has developed a new template and is currently finalizing the format. The ultimate goal of the new and improved public notice template is to ensure that the language will be much clearer for residents.

To further improve transparency, it was suggested by one of our members that the City post the applications and any information reports and recommendations on the website. Councillor Farr stated that the Planning and Economic Department will be on board with the AMANDA software system as they work with GIS staff to develop an interactive web based map that will allow all residents and investors to see all developments in the City of Hamilton. This is a multiyear project. Good news for the future.

Public Meeting – MARK THIS DATE!
Monday, March 9, 2015 City Hall Council Chambers

Doors Open – 6pm

Councillor Farr and the Durand Neighbourhood Association are hosting a Public Meeting for all Duranders to bring you up to date on what is happening in the neighbourhood. This will also give you an opportunity to bring your concerns to both Councillor Farr and the DNA. Look forward to seeing you all.

The Agenda includes:

  • Conversion of Bold and Duke Streets
  • Revised Bike Lanes for Charlton and Herkimer
  • Update on traffic issues
  • Parking
  • Heritage updates
  • Upcoming Events
  • Durand Park Revitalization
  • Participatory Budget 2014-2015

And much, much, more.

The DNA and Councillor’s office will be delivering the notice to you in the next few weeks. If there is anyone out there who would love a little additional exercise, we could use the help to cover off the drop to as many folks as we can possible get to.  Duranders who live in Condos and Apartments would help very much to spread the word.  It is almost next to impossible for us to get our notices posted in buildings.

Please email me: if you can spare some time.

Soup Fest – Feb 24th 

Hamilton Convention Centre 11:30am – 9:00pm

Stirring up support for youth-at-risk.Advanced
Tickets: Adults $12   Senior/Children’s  $10
Tickets available at the door (Adults $15  Senior/Children’s  $12)

For tickets call 905-528-7625  (ROCK)

Things Made Here: The Collection of Glen Faulman opens at the
AGH Design Annex, Saturday January 31

January 29, 2015 – The Art Gallery of Hamilton is proud to present Things Made Here: The Collection of Glen Faulman, a very special exhibition of items made in Hamilton in the late 19th and 20th century when the city was Canada’s industrial powerhouse. The exhibition opens at the AGH Design Annex, located at 118 James Street North, on Saturday, January 31 and will remain on view until Saturday, March 21, 2015. Admission is free.

Glen Faulman (a.k.a. The Hamilton Kid) is a 10th-generation Hamiltonian, a third-generation steelworker, and part owner of This Ain’t Hollywood on James Street North. Faulman aims to collect “an artifact from every manufacturing plant that ever operated in Hamilton,” which would be nearly 1,000. This exhibition features selections from his collection.

“I want people to know what people have made here in the past,” said Glen Faulman. “So much is disappearing today. I like that Hamilton was the Steel City where anything and everything was produced—from cars to soap and sewing machines to pop bottles.”

From a late 19th-century sewing machine to a 1950’s tabletop hockey game, to nail samples and graphic ads, these everyday artifacts will be of interest to people of all ages, those who are long-time Hamiltonians and those who have recently moved here.

“This is a great chance for people to see the original artifacts that put Hamilton on the map for its sheer productivity and innovation as an industrious centre,” said Melissa Bennett, AGH Curator of Contemporary Art and co-curator of the exhibition with independent curator Tara Bursey. “This story dovetails nicely with the character of the arts community here today—we continue to push forward as a city with a reputation for force and creativity. The artifacts on view will help us connect with the past while appreciating the compelling vintage designs.”

Glen began collecting 10 years ago. His collection, which numbers approximately 200 examples of what was produced here in Hamilton’s manufacturing heyday, includes everything from two Studebakers to men’s bathing suits, condoms, historic maps, rare glass bottles, waxed paper, bricks, and more.

“When I was a kid my parents always bought made-in-Canada whenever possible. So when I began antiquing it was natural that I would look for made-in-Hamilton. I continue to find some really neat stuff.”

The exhibition, which is supported by Hamilton Economic Development, is presented in association with On the Waterfront, a Hamilton Winterfest exhibition that is part of the Winterfest Kick Off event on Saturday February 7, 2015 at Pier 8. 

Please join us at Art Crawl on Friday February 13, from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., for an exhibition opening reception with collector Glen Faulman in attendance, DJ and cash bar.

The AGH Design Annex is located at 118 James Street North, downtown Hamilton, Ontario, L8R 2K7

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