Comment 65803

By H+H (registered) - website | Posted July 08, 2011 at 07:46:05

Only in Hamilton would we begin by knocking down a grand civic building (classical allusions on two sides) for a project that can only be built if the City of Hamilton agrees to rent a ton of space in it. All this while an empty lot sits to the north of the site and is part of the land McMaster will own.

Why not reverse the thinking and start with the parking lot? Let McMaster build Phase 1 there and leave the BOE building alone for the moment. They can continue to search out partners who will support adaptive re-use of the Joe Singer-designed building.

Dan, you're right. This Pan-Am style shotgun negotiating is shameful on the part of McMaster. Not only that, but it makes our Councillors look even more misguided. Just look at the Future Fund decision making and dithering. Just like HECFI.

"Act before thinking". Perhaps that should be Hamilton's new motto? While my Latin is not terrific, I think that translates into Mostus stupidus.

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