Member Letters Regarding LRT

Below are letters to the SCC President from our members regarding the position this council should take on Hamilton’s LRT project. Please consider an SCC statement in support of Hamilton LRT. The transformation of our busy corridors will almost certainly address many neighbourhood concerns; excess vehicle lane capacity will be reallocated, Main Street will become 2 way, transit will gain priority as a travel mode, through trucks could be re-routed, speeding and noise will be reduced, underused properties will be redeveloped, to name a few. The inconvenience and disturbance of construction is easily tolerable when considering the outcome will be street repurposed with rapid transit, supporting increased density, improved land use, more efficient and environmentally sound travel options, greater neighbourhood vitality, and a renewed public realm. LRT will help Strathcona overcome its most negative elements, the overbuilt urban through highways denying us a truly livable community. We must not pass up this rare opportunity of a billion dollar investment from the province. Thank you, Jason Morse We are both proponents of the LRT and accept that the city chose King St. over alternate routes. As to the LRT, it’s true that some businesses will be affected during construction, but that isn’t unique to the LRT. Even sewer or road repair is going to affect nearby businesses. Loyal customers will keep visiting their favourite stores and perhaps the SCC can encourage people across the area to buy from these businesses, as well as Strathcona residents, to share the burden placed on them. As to people walking, using buses etc., there are alternate routes and buses will have detours presumably. I...
Mount St. Joseph Update

Mount St. Joseph Update

There has been a lot of interest in a Strathcona property that is currently approved for demolition by City staff.  This issue was brought to light in his article “Demolition Permit for Mount St. Joseph Issued During Council Recess” which was published by local independent journalist Joey Coleman on The Public Record and Raise the Hammer on November 12, 2014.  This raised a lot of eyebrows for two significant reasons, the first being the timing of the demolition permit and the second being the potential Heritage significance of the site. The Hamilton Municipal Heritage Committee met on November 20th, and this site was discussed in length. The Hamilton Spectator’s Mark McNeil attended the meeting, and has provided interesting insight from both the developer who own’s the site, Mr. Darko Vranich and outgoing Ward One Councillor Brian McHattie.  Mr. Vranich has agreed to put the demolition on hold so that an interested party may discuss potential for an alternative site development that would include preserving the structure of the old orphanage. Strathcona Community Council Notes Our council executive had two members present at the Municipal Heritage Committee meeting taking notes. 1) The Mount St. Joseph building has no official heritage status, it has not been flagged in any of the heritage registries; it is located outside the radius of the downtown heritage inventory project and the Ray-Pearl north study area, and it has not been flagged in the secondary plan. 2) The city has not completed any formal evaluation or assessment of the property to determine heritage value. As such, they do not know if the building will meet official heritage designation...
Ward One Candidate Debate

Ward One Candidate Debate

The Strathcona Community Council has partnered with the Ainsle Wood/Westdale Community Association and the Kirkendall Neighbourhood Association to host an all Candidates Debate on Monday, September 29th.  The event is being held at St. Mary’s Catholic Secondary School, 200 Whitney Ave. Doors will be opening at 5:30 pm, and the debate will begin at 6:15 pm. Who is Running? Jason Allen – www.jasonaallen.ca Tony Greco – www.mrtonygreco.ca Aidan Johnson – www.aidanjohnson.ca Brian Lewis – www.brianlewisone.com Ira Rosen – www.irarosen.ca Sandy Shaw – www.sandyshaw.ca Submit your question: There are two opportunities for you to be involved in the debate by having a candidate question selected. The first is to follow THIS link for the event’s Survey Monkey page – we’re hoping to receive questions that reflect each of the 3 neighbourhoods in Ward One. The second option to have your question submitted is by attending the event, and filling out a question card which could be selected on the night of the event. Thank you to AWWCA President Dr. Jay Parlor who will be moderating this event, to all of the event organizers who are helping with the planning and to the candidates for accepting the...
James St. N. GO Station – Public Input

James St. N. GO Station – Public Input

The Provincial Government announced a new GO Station at James Street North and Murray Street in Hamilton. This location, identified as a Mobility Hub by Metrolinx, will be where the CN main line intersects with the future City of Hamilton rapid transit A-Line. The City of Hamilton is studying the Mobility Hub area and preparing a plan that will guide the future development of this area. The extension of GO service at James Street North is an important investment in higher order transit for Hamilton and it is essential that the City provide opportunities to create a successful Mobility Hub. Mobility Hubs consist of major transit stations and the surrounding areas (approximately a 10 minute walk/800 metre radius) with significant levels of transit service planned for them and high development potential. They are centres of connectivity along the regional transportation network and offer an intensive concentration of jobs, homes, shops, restaurants, and recreation. Mobility Hubs have the potential to become major destinations with vibrant places of activity. Additional information regarding Mobility Hubs can be obtained from the Metrolinx website at: www.metrolinx.com Provide your feedback by July 4th The city has invited the public to review the final draft and submit their input on the project to David Falletta, a Planner in the Community Planning department.  Mr. Falletta’s email is David.Falletta@hamilton.ca.  Need to catch up on how the project has developed up until now? Here are some important PDF documents that detail the project:   Draft James Street North Mobility Hub Study (PDF, 24 MB) Dec. 4, 2013 Public Consultation #1 Summary of Event Overall Presentation (3 Studies) Podcast of Presentation Jan. 23, 2014 Focus Group...
Shoppers Drug Mart Redevelopment

Shoppers Drug Mart Redevelopment

The following is a message from our council executive president Jonathan Therien via our email campaign: Plans continue to go ahead with the redevelopment of the Shoppers DrugMart at King and Dundurn. This issue is now at the Ontario Municipal Board leaving us with little involvement. This redevelopment heavily impacts King Street, Dundurn Street, Head Street and Hunt Street. Councillor McHattie has arranged an invite only meeting this Tuesday June 10th between residents and a planner from IBI Group Inc. for Shoppers Drug Mart. Attending will be Jen Dawson (Hunt St. resident), Maggie Steele (Head St. resident) and myself (Jonathan Therien).I have spoken to many residents and recorded your thoughts on paper. If you have any other concerns and thoughts please contact me or post on our social media.   Submitting your concerns: Jonathan has suggested contacting him, the best way is through our council email: strathconacommunitycouncil@gmail.com You can also reach us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/strathconacommunitycouncil or send a message to our Twitter handle...
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