A group of North End Hamiltonians has called a community meeting to discuss options for the future redevelopment of the Barton-Tiffany land in the West Harbour.
By Ryan McGreal
Published December 29, 2010
While the Hamilton Tiger-Cats continue to pursue a new football stadium in Aldershot, a group of North End Hamiltonians has proposed a community meeting to discuss alternative options for the future redevelopment of the West Harbour / Barton-Tiffany area.
The group, called Re-Think Barton-Tiffany, includes Sheri and Shawn Selway of the North End Neighbourhood Association (NEN) and historical researcher Heather George, issued a news release encouraging Hamiltonians to help consider a plan for the site that "respects the historic and geographic elements of the site, as well as the principles of the Setting Sail West Harbour Secondary Plan."
They have organized a meeting at You Me Gallery on January 10 at 7:00 PM and encourage Hamiltonians to join the discussion around what such a plan might look like.
The West Harbour Planning Area is bound by York Blvd to the southwest, Cannon Street to the south, Wellington Street to the east and the waterfront to the north.
The preferred land use strategy [PDF link] of the City's Setting Sail: West Harbour Secondary Plan, developed in consultation with North End residents, originally proposed two preferred land use options for the Barton-Tiffany special policy area: a Medium Intensity Neighbourhood Extension, with building heights in the range of 4-8 storeys (the higher limit subject to urban design study); and a Stadium and Neighbourhood Extension that would include a sports stadium.
The latter option was included to allow this site to accommodate a Commonwealth Stadium during the City's bid to host the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
Public feedback on the stadium option was mixed. Many participants in the public consultations on the City's preferred redevelopment option for Barton-Tiffany noted concerns about the impact of a stadium on the neighbourhood, including traffic, noise and other disturbances.
At the time, City staff concluded that the Stadium option was "worthy of further study, on the assumption that it would lead and enable a larger strategy to reclaim surrounding industrial and brownfield sites" in part through attracting funding from higher levels to remediate contaminated brownfields.
As the Commonwealth Games bid was unsuccessful, the final Setting Sail Plan [PDF link] published in 2005 included only the Medium Intensity Neighbourhood Extension preferred option.
When the West Harbour emerged as Council's preferred location for a Pan American Games stadium with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats as the principal legacy tenant, the NEN expressed strong opposition to the plan, citing the aforementioned concerns about a stadium being a poor fit for a residential neighbourhood.
Council approved the Setting Sail Plan in 2005, but it remains suspended in an Ontario Municipal Board appeal over the contentious matter of a proposed 30 km/h speed limit through the neighbourhood. As usual, Citizens at City Hall (CATCH) has a timely and detailed report on the progress of that appeal.
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