Comment 33490

By rusty (registered) - website | Posted September 14, 2009 at 16:16:07

Council will say that this is the only option on the table. "It's better than nothing" They'll say they are worried the building will be neglected if we don't take this deal. Why don't we a. Enforce the property bylaws so that the owners maintain their building or b. If the owners want to off-load it buy it off them for a fair sum and maintain it ourselves? I would rather have my tax dollars go into purchasing and maintaining the building than giving it away on a project which will cost us more in the long run. A possible by-product of going this route is that Hamilton City Council would then a have a vested interest in making the downtown more viable (as if they don't already...) which may provide some incentive for them to make it more livable (something they don't do now for some reason...).

Honestly this has got to be an all time low point for Hamilton.

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