There were some great announcements about downtown at yesterday's Hamilton Economic Summit.
Two animation companies from Toronto are moving here. Chuck Gammage Animation, with ten employees, is moving to James Street North into the building at the intersection of James and Cannon.
Pipeline Studios is moving into the recently renovated brick building at the corner of Main Street West and Queen Street, bringing an impressive 100 employees into Hamilton.
Pipeline's Juan Lopez referenced the proximity of Hess Village as being a benefit to his employees. This also gives us an excellent opportunity to look at improving walkability between this area and Locke Street, as Main West currently does a poor job in this regard.
The arrival of two animation studios is great for Hamilton. It also demonstrates the effect that tax policies can have on urban renewal, since these companies will receive a tax break for animation work that is performed outside Toronto.
Southern Ontario College, a private high school that issues diplomas to internationally-born students, has moved to Rebecca Street from their previous location on Dundurn, near Dundurn Castle.
Triangle Development Inc. is turning the building that formerly housed the Crazy Horse Saloon on John Street into luxury office space. The building will feature a fitness centre and bicycle parking. This is a great example of urban renewal right in the core.
Amed Dirani, the owner of Select Video, is revitalizing an office building on Wellington Street North and turning it into condos. He said he's had no trouble selling condo units and wondered why more people aren't doing it.
All told, some great news for the core!
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