First posted on The Public Record’s City Hall blog – now.thepublicrecord.ca
The Ontario Municipal Board has tossed Hamilton City Council’s opposition to a 5-storey 129-unit student-orientated multi-residential development near McMaster University in the Ainslie Wood neighbourhood at 71 – 77 Leland Street. The land was previously used for light industrial and the existing industrial buildings will be demolished. The developer, Creek Village Inc, appealed to the OMB after Council failed to make a decision within legislated timelines. Councillor Aidan Johnson opposed the development, which City planning staff stated fulfilled the requirements of the Urban Hamilton Official Plan and recommended the approval of. Council hired outside planners to argue their case.
Mayor Eisenberger gave a strong address during last night’s Council meeting in favour of increasing Hamilton’s water rates, saying that a failure to address the infrastructure deficit today – and cutting staff – will result in much higher costs later.
The Public Record is airing (“In Beta”) a weekly radio show on Hamilton’s community radio station 93.3FM CFMU each Wednesday morning at 8:30 a.m.
For the rest of the year, the show will be a short 30 minutes. In 2017, the goal is to expand the show to a few hour, and eventually to Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
This week, I was joined by Chris Moore, Rob McCann, and Keanin Loomis to discuss the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce’s new Digital Hamilton task force and what’s needed to move Hamilton’s digital economy.
There are those in our community sincerely frightened and hurt by the statements made by Trump against immigrants, Mexicans, Muslims, and others. I stand with my fellow community members, silence is not an option.
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