Why can't we build over a parking lot rather than knock down another building? It's not too late: get involved.
By Matt Jelly
Published February 07, 2012
In the early 1960s, the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board was considering locating its headquarters in Westdale, rather than downtown. In 1964, the City donated the land at 100 Main Street West as a way to convince the School Board to remain downtown.
A new headquarters was built at 100 Main Street West in 1966. 100 Main Street West was designed by architect Joe Singer, who also designed Crestwood School on Hamilton Mountain.
For 45 years, the building at 100 Main Street West served as the headquarters of the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board.
Now the Board wants to leave downtown, demolish both 100 Main Street West and Crestwood School, and build a $31 million headquarters a block away from Limeridge Mall.
Seven acres of green space will become 480 parking spots.
100 Main Street West will be sold to McMaster University. McMaster wants the building demolished.
We've torn down:
and many more.
The City is paying $47 million for McMaster's development: $10 million from the Future Fund, $10 million from city coffers, and $27 million in a 30-year above-market lease - and the City will leave the Right House without a tenant.
Let's add without subtracting.
The property at 100 Main Street West has ample room for new development, but McMaster wants to demolish the building instead of developing the parking lot beside it.
McMaster University has done a great job protecting its own buildings. If the public is payind $47 million for McMaster's development, why can't McMaster develop without destroying a civic landmark?
Why can't we build over a parking lot rather than knock down another building?
It's not too late. Get involved.
Politely urge the Minister of Education to approve a partnership between McMaster University and the School Board to restore and adapt 100 Main Street West.
Politely urge your Trustee to support a plan that keeps the Board of Education downtown.
Rather than lose two buildings and nine acres of green space; rather than pay for land twice; rather than move our School Board far away from our Code Red neighbourhoods.
Our educators taught us better than that.
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