Comment 74740

By MattJelly (registered) - website | Posted February 25, 2012 at 10:49:26

The HWDSB has released the agenda for the Committee of the Whole meeting that will take place at 5:45, immediately before their regular board meeting at 6:30. It appears there are some pretty significant challenges to the 2nd-tower at City Hall concept, including zoning, heritage and parking considerations, as well as the City Hall site not being able to accommodate a consolidated board, meaning they'd still need to build a second facility somewhere else, likely for facilities maintenance staff.

As the report points out, the costs and timelines for this idea are entirely unclear at this point. It's not likely the board will support it. If council approves the swing space on Monday, it's nearly certain that the board will be moving to the Crestwood location- and council could do nothing to stop it.

I feel the swing space issue is pretty crucial- if the City wants to negotiate with the Board on this, it's the only point of leverage they've got.

Some trustees do favour an option that would sever the land, sell the north lot to McMaster, and retain the current building, finding a second site to house any operations that can't be accommodated at 100 Main. It's unclear at this point how many Trustees would support this option however.

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