By RTH Staff
Published February 27, 2012
Andrea Horwath, NDP MPP for Hamilton-Centre, just sent an email response to RTH in regards to the proposal to sell the Board of Education building at 100 Main Street West to McMaster, who plan to demolish it.
Here is the full text of her reply:
I share the deep concern and disappointment of many residents of Hamilton over the current proposals for the HWDSB new building and plans for the downtown McMaster Health Care Centre. The Education Centre and the downtown Health Care Centre provide Hamilton with a unique opportunity to increase jobs in our core.
Increasing the number of workers in our downtown will of course enhance opportunities for existing and new businesses downtown. Making downtown a place to live, work and play is not just a slogan it is a stated goal of our City and a vision we should all be striving for.
Three of Hamilton's largest public institutions can do the right thing, they can maintain green space on the mountain, they can grow our downtown and they can save a public building from demolition.
This is neither the time nor the place to consider simplistic or expedient solutions. This is the time to get creative, to bend to compromise, to remember our stated goals and planning principals for our core, and to listen to the residents and taxpayers of our City.
I believe that there can be a resolution that will grow our downtown, save our green space and stop another demolition, and leaders of these three public institutions need to go back to the table and work toward a plan that their stakeholders, the residents of Hamilton, can be proud of.