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...
7 LOCKE and 8 YORK Route Changes Begin June 22nd

7 LOCKE and 8 YORK Route Changes Begin June 22nd

This posting is a re-post from www.hamiltontransit.ca – an unofficial Hamilton transit resource.  Check out their original blog post here. Routes 7 LOCKE and 8 YORK will be revised effective June 22nd. The changes will see service extended on Dundurn Street south to the Hilcrest Loop. 7 LOCKE will be shortened, resulting in its west end-of-line being shifted from Hillcrest Loop to Charlton at Dundurn. 8 YORK will be lengthened, resulting in its west end-of-line being shifted from Strathcona & Lamoreaux to Hillcrest Loop via Strathcona Avenue North and Dundurn Street. Existing 7 LOCKE bus stops on Dundurn St., south of Chatham Ave., are to be serviced by the 8 YORK extension. All 7 LOCKE bus stops situated east of Dundurn St. will remain as is. Route 6 ABERDEEN is unaffected by these route revisions and remains unchanged. 7 LOCKE 7 LOCKE will travel south on James Street, west on Hunter Street, south on Locke Street, west on Charlton Avenue to Dundurn Street. The bus will layover on Charlton near the corner of Dundurn. The bus will travel north on Dundurn Street, east on Chatham Street, north on Locke Street, east on Main Street, north on Bay Street, east on York Blvd. and south on James to King Street. The bus will layover on James Street between King and Main. Service to and from the Hillcrest Loop will be covered by the new 8 YORK route. 8 YORK 8 YORK will travel south on James St., west on Hunter Street, north on Bay Street, west on Cannon Street and continue on York Blvd., south on Locke Street, west on Florence...
Shoppers Public Meeting Spring 2014

Shoppers Public Meeting Spring 2014

On March 19th, there was a community meeting held to inform the public about the Shoppers Drug Mart Development at the corner of King Street West and Dundurn Street. Shoppers Drug Mart had appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board over zoning issues the City had with their development application. For the past year Councillor Brian McHattie has been updating the Strathcona Community Council regularly on this issue. Discussion has been challenging as the proposed plans have nor conformed to the Strathcona Secondary Plan. Now, with the involvement of the OMB, Councillor McHattie arranged the community meeting for the property owners to present their plan to the public. The meeting was attended by roughly 20 concerned neighbours/business owners, 3 members of our SCC Executive, as well as Councillor McHattie and Edward Johns of the City of Hamilton Planning Department. Shoppers Drug Mart had the project consultant Matt Johnston from IBI Group Inc. present the site development plans, and the reasons that Shoppers appealed the application to the OMB. Shoppers had a manager of urban design present, but he tried to remain an observer at the meeting. *Tim Horton’s as a tenant on the property did not have a representative present. IBI’s Mr. Johnston was kind enough to provide us with pdf copies (click on the links) of: a bird’s eye view site plan an architect plan of the Shoppers facade an architect plan of the residential plan facade What we have learned from the presentation that Mr. Johnston provided is as follows: OMB Process IBI recognized that the delay in the development process resulted in the City having the original...
Shoppers Drug Mart Development #hamont

Shoppers Drug Mart Development #hamont

Community meeting to provide an update on the Shoppers Drug Mart Development at King and Dundurn & the Head St Properties March 19, 7:30 pm (note the later than normal start time) Lower level of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 22 Head Street Shoppers Drug Mart have appealed this application to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB).  However, Councillor McHattie has asked the developers to attend a community meeting to provide an update on the current plans. Information about this project including a summary of the status of the application as well as the latest site concept are posted at http://www.brianmchattie.ca/page2.php?id=224. Councillor McHattie and city planning staff will be attending.  Note that while feedback will be welcome, the fact that the case is before the OMB means that there are limited options for revisions at this...
Welcome to the Great Big Theatre Company

Welcome to the Great Big Theatre Company

The Strathcona neighbourhood has recently become home to a new organization that could cause some to dub the area the “Performance Hub” of the city.  You can add the Great Big Theatre Company to the impressive list of performing arts vendors* in our backyard. The Great Big Theatre Company is a non-profit charitable organization that has been delivering youth arts programming in southern Ontario for the last 20 years and have proudly served over 200 000 children in that time. Where can we find them? Part of the big news is that they will be calling the Zion United Community Recreation Centre home.  They will be using much of the (gigantic) basement to run their lessons and camps.  The Executive Director, Charles Small and his wife, Lily Small, the company’s Artistic Director, gave our executive team a tour on Tuesday of their programming space, and we were honestly a bit shocked at how much they will have to work with.  The theatre space has a stage and room for an audience of at least 120 people!  As they start up their programming over the next few months, we will ensure we snap some pictures of this fantastic addition to the neighbourhood. *List of preforming arts vendors in the Strathcona neighbourhood includes: Bel Canto Strings Academy on York Blvd The Great Big Theatre Company on Pearl St. N. The Lyric Theatre on King St. W. Soundsmiths music lessons at Locke and York The Staircase Theatre on Dundurn St....
Website Alterations

Website Alterations

We’ve made a few changes to the look and feel of the website, with the hope that it makes it an smooth experience for anyone coming here to find updates on neighbourhood news and community events. Responsive Design The best feature about this new site is that it follows responsive web design.  This means that it looks great and is readable on any screen you may be using, including tablets and smartphones. Event Calendar One of our newer features is the Event Calendar.  By following the link in the top menu, you’ll be able to follow our featured community events on our web calendar.  Hosting an event in the neighbourhood?  Let us know, and we can add it. If there are any features that you feel are missing, please let us know, by email, phone, or our social media streams.  The purpose of the council is to take in feedback from the community to improve the neighbourhood.  This extends to our online messaging as...