Comment 116118

By mdrejhon (registered) - website | Posted January 18, 2016 at 14:20:03

In this case would even settle for facadomy -- if conditions are that bad to buttress with a scaffold -- keeping the facades behind a new development. Preferably with sufficient setbacks (cascading...) so the tops of the facades looks natural.

We need to keep heritage in that area especially around Gore Park.

There is a lot of still-vacant buildings including empty old department stores currently covered in Hamilton artwork. This can be contributing to making "the sell" difficult at the moment...

For better or for worse (sadly), much of the old Detroit-style "blight" is already removed from downtown (excess number of decripit collapsing buildings that was repelling developers). So whatever little heritage is left, should be an easy sell to redevelop while keeping heritage. The Lister Block renovation, the Royal Connaught, etc. It doesn't have to be as fancy as those, even.

Downtown Hamilton needs to make sure it stays in good shape until things become so high-demand (thanks to LRT and downtown condo dwellers) that developers are demanding heritage buildings like they are nowadays in Toronto. It'll happen as downtown slowly re-densifies and the LRT helps to contribute to social/economic benefits.

Comment edited by mdrejhon on 2016-01-18 14:25:21

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