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Central Neighbourhood – End of Year Update

Central Neighbourhood Association – End of Year Round-Up

Hello neighbours and friends

We are certainly continuing to see lots of change in our neighbourhood and in Hamilton in general. Your board has endeavored to keep up to date with developments and to consider best responses and approaches based on feedback from you and what we feel are in the best interests of Central Neighbourhood and the wider city.

These changes will continue and undoubtedly increase as the more and new families move into the area. As a board, we would like to see a greater focus in certain areas and are considering establishing a number of sub-committees around key areas of concern to Central.

Sub-committees being considered are;

  • Culture & Heritage
  • New developments
  • Transportation & Pedestrians

This can only happen if we have more volunteers getting involved, on both the board and in specific initiatives. If these subjects, others or general board involvement are something that would be of interest to you please complete the contact form on this website with your name, email address, and telephone number. We will be looking to include you in a general planning and information meeting early in 2017.

In the meantime here are updates happening now and from the last year;

Hess Street School

The threatened closure of this important elementary school in Central cannot be allowed to happen. We have joined with Jamesville Hub and several other organizations to gather a united front and strategy.

Central’s MPP Andrea Horvath sent a strong opinion piece in The Hamilton Spectator for keeping the school open – read it here http://www.thespec.com/opinion-story/7007916-hess-closure-a-symptom-of-failed-liberal-policies/

CNA position is to support that all community schools and in particular Hess Street School are important to the neighbourhood.

CNA to publicize and attend the next public meeting held on January 11th 2017 at Sir John A MacDonald

Don’t Close Hess Street School Facebook page. Also link to the school review timeline.

SPRC through Jamesville Hub will have funds available to provide language translation for parents.

Sir John A MacDonald High School / CasiNO!

The high school looks set to remain open for at least another year maybe longer. We have expressed an interest in the past to Councillor Jason Farr that if closed wishing to see this become a community focused centre.

We also continue to monitor the potential development of the Casino, an issue that never seems to fully go away and have requested Councillor Farr and the local school board trustee to provide updates or any news

The proposed closing of Hess street School has uncovered disturbing document relating to the redevelopment of the Sir John A site to be an entertainment/hospitality complex.

West Harbour Development

Although not located in Central this development will have an impact on us so we encourage anyone interested to get involved in the public meetings and conversations. Hamilton residents have the opportunity to shape the future of the West Harbour community by participating in community engagement events such as:

  • monthly West Harbour Community Conversations
  • Conversation Couch sessions at local events
  • public meetings and presentations

Community engagement opportunities are free to attend and everyone is able to participate.

Full details of upcoming meetings and notes from all past meetings can be found on the city website at https://www.hamilton.ca/city-initiatives/priority-projects/community-engagement-waterfront.

Barton Tiffany

The main focus of West Harbour development has been pier 7/8 and there is little updated news regarding Barton Tiffany. CNA supports the inclusion of family units within these and others types of developments.

Hamilton Urban Core Community Health Centre

The board recently met with a representative requesting our support in having a new building for the Community Health Centre possibly built within our neighbourhood. The group is searching in a number of downtown neighbourhoods for a suitable site.

The work of Hamilton Urban Core Community Health Centre brings great benefits to the community part of their mission and mandate is to serve the community and work towards improving the well-being of the community with regards to all of the social determinants of health.

Plan Local – Ward 2

The PlanLocal Ward 2 Safe Streets Final Report provides details on the entire process, including public engagement, shortlisting, vote results, and other elements. Councillor Jason Farr used this report to inform his final decision on the projects to be completed using the ward’s Area Rating funding.

To download a pdf of the report go here http://planlocal.ca/ward2/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/PlanLocal-Ward-2-2016-Final-Report.pdf

Central has three projects listed. For the full list of projects to be funded under the 2016 PlanLocal Ward 2 Safe Streets campaign, go here http://www.jasonfarr.com/pbw2/planlocal-safe-streets

Non-Plan Local Safe Streets Initiatives

Wider corner poles will be placed on corners of Bay St North with both Shaeffe and Colbourne to slow traffic turning off of Bay.

Speed bumps to be placed on Park St N between Shaeffe and Mulberry, Colbourne east of Bay, two on Hess North and one or two on Murray St.

Bike lane on Bay St from Aberdeen to Waterfront is half complete, 2nd half awaiting municipal/council approval.

At the Central AGM Jason Farr discussed the option of the whole of Central having 40 kmh limits on all non major streets throughout the neighbourhood and this was endorsed by the majority at the meeting.

Recently Cllr. Farr has advised that Park St is slated for conversion to 2 way traffic in Spring 2017.

Jason Farr – Local Councillor

Jason puts out a monthly e-newsletter regarding many news, updates and events throughout Ward 2, to subscribe go here http://www.jasonfarr.com/contact/subcribe

NAS Report Submitted to Council

The Neighbourhood Action Strategy Annual Report was presented to Council on Nov 16th

This is to drum up support from Council for the continued work of the NAS. That includes, neighbourhood planning, small grants, your community developer and funding that the NAS has.

Bayfront Park Beach Survey Results

Over 400 people completed the Bayfront Park beach survey to share their feelings about the beach and to let us know how they would like to use the area in the future. The results of the Bayfront Beach Survey are available here

https://gallery.mailchimp.com/4ad7ba672204c6f85bc4a004d/files/Bayfront_Beach_Study_Phase_1_Survey_Summary_Report.pdf

Over the upcoming months, the project team will continue to research alternatives for improvements at the beach. The results of this survey will be used to help determine the community’s preferred alternative for the future of the beach and build community support for the project. The public will have additional opportunities to review the alternatives and provide feedback in the future.

Pier 7 & 8 Development

Land Solicitation Process Staff Report

The staff report prepared for the November 2 meeting of GIC, titled West Harbour Real Estate Solicitation Process for Pier 8 Lands (PED14002(c)), is now available online. Access the meeting agenda here http://hamilton.siretechnologies.com/sirepub/mtgviewer.aspx?meetid=1032&amp%3Bamp%3Bdoctype=AGENDA

The report included recommendations by staff about how the sale of the Pier 8 lands should be set up to attract high-quality proposals from potential developers. Staff recommend that:

the process involve three steps: Request for Qualifications (RFQ), Request for Proposals (RFP) and Transaction Negotiation;

  • staff be authorized to release a Request for Qualifications (RFQ), retain a Fairness Monitor to oversee the process, and establish an Evaluation Commmittee with the end goal of selecting several developers to comprise a Shortlist;
  • all nine blocks on Pier 8 be offered through one solicitation process rather than be sold block by block;
  • the final details of the process, such as the RFP process and RFP evaluation criteria for judging developer proposals including definitions and respective weightings, be presented to GIC by April 19, 2017;
  • RFP evaluation criteria should include: Environmental Sustainability, Housing Affordability, Design Excellence and Price Discovery; and,
  • the evaluation criteria will ensure a diversity of market rate housing options on Pier 8, that may include a defined target of not less than 5% of affordable home-ownership units.

Hamilton Port Authority

The Hamilton Port Authority is currently undertaking a review and update of its Land Use Plan, the policy document that the Port uses to guide development on Port lands. The project webpage is located at www.hamiltonport.ca/landuseplan and it includes a link to an online survey.

As a member of a local community group, they are very interested in your perspective and feedback as part of this process.

The Central board stressed an interest and request in moving the CN shunting yards at Stuart to the Stelco area.

Ward Boundaries Review

The board agreed to publicize the petition for a ward boundary review. The general issues committee of council deliberated on the two consultant recommendations late last month and decided to give individual councillors until November 30 to suggest “alternative ward boundary model options” to the consultants. The guiding principles for the boundary review were set by city council resolution, and each councillor was also interviewed by the consultants before public consultation began.

This is just the latest in years of delay dating back to 2004. That plus concerns about councillors’ drawing their boundaries to their own benefit have spurred a citizen petition that will force a decision. If council fails to act, the petition will allow an appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board which will decide on the new ward boundaries.

The petition requires hard copy signatures and those signing must be on the voters list and still at the same address as they were at the last municipal election in 2014. Completed copies of the petition can be delivered to Mixed Media (154 James North at Cannon Street).

Condo Developments in Central

Cllr. Farr has been diligent in bringing proposed developments to the attention of Central board and arranging meetings between the board and developers to enable feedback and local input to be given.

The following developments have involved CNA input and plans have been submitted to and/or approved by council;

  • Robbinex – corner of Stuart and MacNab
  • Store Fixtures building – corner King and Caroline
  • Anglican Church – corner of King & Queen
  • Community Living – corner of York and Caroline

Friends of Gore Park

The Board has been approached this week regarding support for the Friends of Gore park initiative to save the buildings on King St East. We are currently reviewing this request.

Your board will endeavor to continue to represent you and keep you informed and updated throughout 2017.

Wishing all neighbours, families, and friends the greetings of the season and safe and happy holidays

Central Neighbourhood Association – December 2016

 

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Central Neighbourhood Association – Updates & News

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Firstly thank you to everyone who came out to our recent General Meeting and Holiday Meet & Greet.  We appreciate your time and engagement toward our neighbourhood.

A capture of the main points discussed at the meeting will be posted shortly.

In the meantime we have a number of updates and news to share;

Sir John A MacDonald Closure

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There was an excellent article recently in Raise The Hammer about considering reversing the proposed closure of Sir John A MacDonald High School.

The CNA is very keen to see this building either remain as a school or become a community resource. We certainly do not want to see the CasiNO issue rise again.

Read the article by clicking here

Snow Angels Needed in the Neighbourhood

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As we experience our first few snowfalls it is an excellent time to remind the able bodied amongst us that there are many in the community who cannot clear their paths and driveways or the sidewalks.

Snow Angels (Twitter @VHSnowAngels ) are again looking for volunteers this winter.

Click here for all the details.  And if you know anyone needing help and you cannot, let Volunteer Hamilton know too.

James St GO Station – Call for Public Art

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There have been a focus group meeting, neighbourhood consultations and soon to be a call for submission for a public art piece for the new GO station on James St. North.

More details can be found here. 

 

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CasiNO Still a Possibility?

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Thanks to Matt Jelly for keeping us up to date on this and also for not letting delay and obstruction get in the way of freedom to important information that affects our neighbourhood.  Exactly the type of development we DO NOT need.

Our question and the response for the election candidates meeting a few months ago seems sadly to have been insightful.  Hoping that if elected those candidates will remember their responses.

Read the latest information that Matt has uncovered at his website CLICK HERE

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CNA AGM March 25th 2014

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Central Neighbourhood Association (CNA) Minutes from AGM

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Gallery on the Bay 
(corner of Bay & Barton Streets)

Chairpersons Matt Graham and Elizabeth Ward welcomed Central neighbours.
Introductions of Councilor Jason Farr, CNA Board members – Rochelle Martin, Helen Kirkpatrick, and Eileen Shea (regrets), and guest speaker Mike Borelli.
Special Thank-You to the Gallery on the Bay for hosting the meeting.
About 70 persons in attendance.

Matt Graham chaired the meeting and reviewed the agenda:
Report by Councilor Jason Farr
James N GO Terminal & Mobility Hub – Matt Graham
Barton/Tiffany Development – Elizabeth Ward
CasiNO! Report – Rochelle Martin
Community Lands Trust – Mike Borelli
CNA Board for coming year – Matt Graham & Elizabeth Ward

Report by Ward 2 Councilor Jason Farr

Participatory Budgeting
There is $1m available for Ward 2 and will again this year be designated under a Community Budgeting process. He introduced Natalie and Karen, the new facilitators. Everyone invited to the Launch: April 3, 7-10pm City Hall Council Chambers, 71 Main St. W

Downtown casino
Clear where the city stands with decision – preference for casino to stay in Flambourough.

Property at s/w corner of Stuart & MacNab (Marie & Doug Robbins)
Robbins considering investment in medium density building.
Want to attach to James St. Mobility Hub.

Cannon St. Bike Lanes
To be implemented soon. There has been broad community consultation. Buffers will be unique to Hamilton.

Thunder Alley
Bowling alley coming to basement of Hamilton City Centre (45,000 sq. feet.)

Hamilton Mosque
Moving to the Old BARN site (Hess, Napier and York). To include school, recreation, mixed use (in time). Will be a great community friend.

Hamilton Farmers Market
Work is going on to support and enhance the market. Now have 1 hour validated parking; new signage, public ART coming. Open area Market to the Street will have live music.

Central Park
Has been assessed with MOE involvement, to be safe to play, participate in evenings, walk dog, etc. Question raised about some trees and Councilor Farr will have them trimmed.

Parking Lot – at Park & Cannon will have a considerable greenery buffer.

All Souls Church applied for one-day street closure for a church festival in June – MacNab N. between Colbourne & Barton will be closed.

New regional (large) Portuguese Festival in North End at McCauley St. this summer.

Construction at Barton & Strachan related to the GO Station.

James N GO Terminal & Mobility Hub – Report by Matt Graham

http://www.hamilton.ca/CityDepartments/PlanningEcDev/Divisions/Planning/Development/NewGOStationJamesSTN.htm

This links to 3 neighbourhoods – Central, Beasley and NorthEnd Neighbourhoods
Stakeholder group established for focus groups, at which each neighbourhood is represented

Concerns and discussions:
What we currently like and dislike about the study area;
What benefits can new development bring;
Maximum and minimum heights of buildings with coming intensification and increased density;

Key takeaways:
How to improve our streets, pedestrians, bikes, buses, complete streets?
Strengthen streets through public art, pedestrian plaza/square
Development should respect and enhance the history and character of the area
Kiss & Ride at Stuart St
Plan for service
All day is long term goal
2015 for special event service, ready for PanAm games
Completion of station and plaza by 2016/2017

Barton/Tiffany Urban Design Study – Report by Elizabeth Ward

http://www.hamilton.ca/CityDepartments/PlanningEcDev/Divisions/Planning/Development/UrbanDesign/Barton-TiffanyUDStudy.htm

An urban design study is currently underway for the Barton –Tiffany area of the Central Neighbourhood.

The Setting Sail Secondary Plan calls for mandatory public consultation around the development of this area. The first public meeting took place Dec 4th 2013. Since then there have been 2 focus group meetings whose members consist of staff from the city’s Planning and Economic Development Department, members of the public, neighbourhood associations, architects and representatives from the Reality Association.

The various areas of discussion have included location of buildings and building heights. Means of transportation both within and through the area were also discussed, including roads, transit, bike lanes, sidewalks and trails. Ideas about Central Park which has been included in the Barton – Tiffany area were also explored.

Members of the Central, Strathcona and North End Neighbourhood Associations then met independently and identified our own concerns such as preservation of heritage buildings, adaptive reuse of existing buildings e.g. 125 Barton St West (currently used by the city to store playground equipment). We also expressed concern about the dumping of waste and landfill on vacant lots like the former Rheem plant site. We wondered about the need for environmental site assessments where applicable. Most importantly we want to ensure that the process of community input is meaningful and that the resulting plan will be carried through without major changes.

The next public meeting is tentatively scheduled for April 28th 2014. We encourage all Central residents to attend and lend their voices to this important discussion.

CasiNO! Update – Report by Rochelle Martin

CNA and No Downtown CasiNO! activists continue to monitor possibility of a casino “slipping into” downtown via. back-door routes, since city council has decided unanimously to support Flamborough Downs as their preferred casino location.

Current concerns include:
Possibility that Flamborough Downs contract signed by Great Canadian Gaming with OLG might allow GCG to relocate casino downtown, if GCG/OLG decide Flamborough location is not lucrative enough. Initial Freedom of Information request, to view terms of this contract, was denied (OLG objected to release). An appeal is currently in progress.

Concern that new bowling alley might be “Trojan horse” to bring in 24hr. zoning that would permit a downtown casino.

While Delta Bingo’s closure, due in part to city not permitting electronic gambling at their site, is generally considered a positive for downtown, there was concern that the city may have objected to Delta Bingo’s move to electronic-type gambling in order to preserve the downtown gambling market for a potential big casino operator.

Councillor Jason Farr responded:
He was concerned that the OLG had objected to FOI request re. contract with GCG. He expressed hope in Premiere Wynne’s review of the OLG’s aggressive modernization plan.

There were no zoning changes involved in the City Centre bowling alley contract. That downtown area is already zoned for 24hr. entertainment (e.g.. a casino, if that were the case – no zoning Trojan Horse required).

There were no ulterior motives in the city’s objection to electronic gambling at Delta Bingo. Councillor Farr reiterated that city council voted unanimously to keep casino in Flamborough as their preferred site. Furthermore, he believes those previously interested in operating a downtown casino “got the message loud and clear – that there is no appetite for a casino downtown.”

Rochelle expressed concern to Councillor Farr that, even if council, city staff, and potential casino operators “got the message,” the OLG can and may still push for a most lucrative (downtown) market. This is why continued vigilance, and specifically, attention to terms of the new GCG/OLG Flamborough contract, is imperative.
She also expressed appreciation for Councillor Farr’s efforts to keep our downtown healthy, thriving, and casino-free.

Community Lands Trust – Report by Mike Borelli
Mike Borrelli, treasurer of the Beasley Neighbourhood Association (BNA) attended to speak about a new pilot project to start a Community Land Trust in downtown Hamilton. A CLT is a non-profit that owns, stewards and leases land to the community for land-uses like community gardens, greenspace, community space, and affordable housing. The Hamilton CLT launch event is on April 2nd but attendance is maxed out due to interest. Joey Coleman will be livestreaming it at joeycoleman.ca, but those interested in learning more about the project should visit the new hamiltonclt.org webpage when it is launch next week or email allison@hamiltonclt.org. Mike also sought the buy-in of the CNA as a community group that supports the concept of a CLT and believes we should pilot one here.
Mike also broached the topic of a joint CNA, BNA and North End Neighbours meeting to be held sometime in May or June. He will work with CNA executive to plan this if there is a desire among residents.

CNA Board for coming year

All residents in Central Neighbourhood encouraged to become members of the new Board. Several people volunteered in the discussions following.

Interested?

Get In Touch

 

 

Meeting adjourned at 8:45pm. Refreshments served.

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CasiNO! – Update AGM March 25th 2014

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CasiNO! Update – Report by Rochelle Martin 

CNA and No Downtown CasiNO! activists continue to monitor possibility of a casino “slipping into” downtown via. back-door routes, since city council has decided unanimously to support Flamborough Downs as their preferred casino location.

Current concerns include:
Possibility that Flamborough Downs contract signed by Great Canadian Gaming with OLG might allow GCG to relocate casino downtown, if GCG/OLG decide Flamborough location is not lucrative enough. Initial Freedom of Information request, to view terms of this contract, was denied (OLG objected to release). An appeal is currently in progress.

Concern that new bowling alley might be “Trojan horse” to bring in 24hr. zoning that would permit a downtown casino.

While Delta Bingo’s closure, due in part to city not permitting electronic gambling at their site, is generally considered a positive for downtown, there was concern that the city may have objected to Delta Bingo’s move to electronic-type gambling in order to preserve the downtown gambling market for a potential big casino operator. 

Councillor Jason Farr’s responded:
He was concerned that the OLG had objected to FOI request re. contract with GCG. He expressed hope in Premiere Wynne’s review of the OLG’s aggressive modernization plan. 

There were no zoning changes involved in the City Centre bowling alley contract. That downtown area is already zoned for 24hr. entertainment (e.g.. a casino, if that were the case – no zoning Trojan Horse required).

There were no ulterior motives in the city’s objection to electronic gambling at Delta Bingo. Councillor Farr reiterated that city council voted unanimously to keep casino in Flamborough as their preferred site. Furthermore, he believes those previously interested in operating a downtown casino “got the message loud and clear – that there is no appetite for a casino downtown.”

Rochelle expressed concern to Councillor Farr that, even if council, city staff, and potential casino operators “got the message,” the OLG can and may still push for a most lucrative (downtown) market. This is why continued vigilance, and specifically, attention to terms of the new GCG/OLG Flamborough contract, is imperative. 
She also expressed appreciation for Councillor Farr’s efforts to keep our downtown healthy, thriving, and casino-free. 

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