Members of the Planning and Economic Development team at the City of Hamilton hosted an innovative public consultation event this week to gather input on multiple concurrent studies commissioned to help determine the future of a major portion of downtown Hamilton.
The event was held at LIUNA Station, and more than a hundred people attended and contributed.
The decision to combine three consultations into one comprehensive event helped demonstrate the interrelatedness of local urban regeneration projects. It also provided an opportunity for people and organizations to work across conventional boundaries on a shared effort to produce quality design outcomes in our downtown.
LISTEN TO CONTEXT SETTING PRESENTATIONS BELOW
The three areas – all in some way linked to Hamilton’s emerging West Harbour precinct – are:
Combined, this geography represents much of the best that downtown Hamilton has to offer: Proximity to water, access to rapid rail transit to and from Toronto slated to commence in 2015, adjacency to our city’s creative arts district (James Street North), linkages to a growing pathway system with connections to the Waterfront Trail, and plentiful older building stock. On the other hand, it also includes concentrations of poverty, run down infrastructure and stretches of vacant store fronts. Such is the mixed character of an historic urban centre in transition.
City-led design studies tied to these three areas are now under way in partnership with several consulting firms. The audio recordings below document the introductory remarks that set the context for two hours of small group discussions.
Outputs from the evening will be used to help inform the study process moving forward. Organizers announced that there will be additional consultation opportunities prior to the study reports going to council in mid-2014.
GET INVOLVED To learn more and/or contribute your ideas, click on the specific study links above.
Opening Remarks | Facilitator and Chris Phillips
Introduction to Barton-Tiffany Study | Glenn Scheels
Introduction to James Street North Mobility Hub Study | David Sajecki
Introduction to Barton-Kenilworth Commercial Corridor Study | Ron Palmer