Comment 48312

By Kiely (registered) | Posted September 27, 2010 at 13:45:03

The zoning bylaws of the city need to be changed. The cost to rezone and refurb these old industrial use buildings needs to be simplified if the city is ever going to see benefit from these resources. The fines being issued are absurd and yes the Pearl is a great place and a benefit to the community.

But the cost of creating this facility (including all required permits) should have been known up front, if they weren't than the proper homework was not done. But I doubt that is the case. So somewhere along the line the business decision was made not to even bother trying to pay for the required rezoning or (according to the city) even for the required building permits. This was a bad decision. Enforcers of rules very rarely appreciate having the rules they enforce ignored. Doing so predictably incurs their the wrath.

While I would love to see more facilities like the Pearl in Hamilton and many of the other beautiful old industrial buildings brought back to life, I can't seem to shake the feeling that this whole situation has played out in a pretty predictable way once Mr. Santucci made the fateful decision to simply not play by the rules because they cost too much.

The artist in me feels for you Mr. Santucci, but the pragmatist in me wants to give you a stern lecture.

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