Downtown hamilton is developing all over the place. Here's a scattershot listing of some recent developments.
By Jason Leach
Published February 15, 2006
2Face Clothiers are preparing to open on Main at Locke. They've been advertising in View and on their website at http://www.2faceclothing.com/.
This looks like another hip, cool business that Hamilton should be thrilled to have, but instead we'll welcome them to Main street's five lanes of highway traffic, making it almost impossible to develop a thriving business. Maybe they will crack the almighty Main.
An italian restaurant is opening at King and Jarvis. We'll keep you posted as we learn more.
A funiture store is opening at King and Ferguson in the old China Importers location. China Importers has moved next door.
The Downtown Arts Centre (http://www.dachamilton.com) is being developed at Rebecca and Hughson. The plans look much better this time around then they did when it was the Downtown Cultural Centre for a brief period.
DAC at night (Image Source: DAC Website)
I'm told that asbestos is being removed from the Spallacci Building and demolition is imminent.
Work is progressing nicely on the old Langley Parisian factory at King and Walnut. Stop by and check out the beautiful awnings being put over the windows.
A new vegetarian restaurant is opening in the old Budapest space on John South. This is one of the most visible signs of the 'changing of the guard' that has been happening downtown. Young people are much more interested in vegan and health options.
We'll all miss the charm of the Budapest, but look for Afinity to become a popular spot among young folks. The bar area next door will become a tea house.
The three apartment buildings at Main and Sherman that suffered a tragic fire last year are being restored and will house apartments once again.
The administrative office of the International Village BIA is moving to the old Seaway Travel location at King and Ferguson. Their current site at King and Spring is being turned into an Italian restaurant.
Community meetings are being held in Strathcona to discuss a student residence building at Strathcona, just north King. The owner wants to build a two storey building with 30-40 students living there. Residents are hoping to lower the density slightly [because, you know, people living in a neighbourhood is bad - Ed.]. We'll keep you posted.
I think downtown Hamilton can be called Renovation Town. While walking home today I encountered 17 buildings or storefronts being renovated. Here's a summary:
I had lunch at Moose Grill and Bar today and got a quick tour of the apartments. One building will have occupants as early as next month. The units are beautifully renovated. The rest of the units will come on stream throughout the summer.
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