13 thoughts on “Indwell Bidding to Buy Delta Secondary School

  1. The City should add to the Indwell bid by committing to increase the bid to exceed any private developer bid. Why? Because Hamilton has a housing responsibility and this presents a very significant opportunity to do something concrete to deliver affordable housing within a stable neighbourhood.
    In fact, maybe the city should get out of the housing construction business and become a partner with charities and other deep need housing providers by supplying capital dollars to bring units to market.

    • While I agree with you, I don’t think taxpayers money should be used to outbid developers who can afford a bidding war. I am not sure how rigid the schoolboard is on getting the best buck for their property but their responsibility to their community should be entrenched in their legal framework.

  2. Social affordable housing is sorely needed in Hamilton. As 3 generations of my family attended Delta Secondary I would love to see a useful and needed project on this site. Huge profits are not always a wise solution to things.

  3. Both my husband and I are native Hamiltonians and lived in the east end most of our lives. We went to Delta as did all of our sons and one granddaughter. Affordable housing is such a pressing need in Hamilton, I cannot think of a better way for this Grand Old School to be used. Sure hope the city accepts the Indwell bid. It thrills me to know it is now a heritage building……it is so beautiful.

    When Delta’s hearty boys fall into line,
    They’re going to win again another time,
    It’s for the dear old school we love so well
    It’s for the dear old school we yell, we yell, we yell.
    And we will fight, fight, fight,
    With all our might
    Until this old game is won, for Red and White,
    We’ll give our old time cheer, we’ll do our best,
    Rah, Rah, Rah, D.S.S.

  4. This is such a needed home fir hHamilrins less fortunate! Totally agree the city should “kick in” $ to seal the deal !

  5. I have lived in this nieghbourhood for 32 years. Indwell has created other projects in East Hamilton with integraty. With the housing shortage I feel this should be a priority. I know they will fo a good job for social housing.

  6. I hope Indwell wins the bid no matter if they are out bid. We don’t need high end condos like they did to District High school in Dundas. Waterdown converted their old high-school to affordable condos years ago. Affordable rental and the likes of affordable ownership should be the win. Keep it Hamilton remodeled.

  7. I volunteered for seven years at Indwell until the pandemic locked us out, and I can bear witness to the organization’s sincere commitment to serving the vulnerable in our community. I hope they win this bid and are able to carry on their work in this magnificent heritage building.

  8. I notice there’s a possibility of building new units behind the existing school. I wonder if the property could be divided with Indwell able to do their incredible socially valuable work transforming the school into affordable housing and private interest paying market rates to the school board for the land? Seems like it would be good to get some bridges built between the not-for-profits and the business community.

  9. Let’s all hope that common sense and a feeling of the Community Value which Delta has always provided in East Hamilton will be ever present at any review of bids and that the private sector should be charged a hefty premium for being allowed into this bidding process. The City and approvals folks need to scrutinize EVERY tender and insure that the good of the community is maintained first and ONLY. Unscrupulous politicians and greed have been present in many “Historical Buildings” tenders in my opinion – would be a terrible loss to see that repeated on such a Grand Old Lady of this community. Hoping for a good, honest, tendering and that the community good is the main recipient.

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