The City of Hamilton is moving to designate four properties under the Ontario Heritage Act, publishing notices last week as required under the Act. The following are the notices on the City website:
140 Locke Street South, Hamilton - "The former church at 140 Locke Street South was constructed in the late 19th century and was originally relocated from its former location on Canada Street in 1895-1896. The church was associated with the theme of late 19th and early 20th century places of worship in Hamilton. The former church served as the Immanuel Congregational Church from 1890 to 1925, then became Trinity United Church from 1925 to 1967, and was later converted into an auction hall in 1967. The former church has design value as it demonstrates the influence of Neo Gothic style of architecture.
Graffiti on private utility boxes, the alley clean up Up Your Alley Project, discarded needles in alleys, litter, and marjiuana storefronts are the items on the agenda for the March meeting of the Hamilton Cleanliness and Security in the Downtown Core Task Force.
City Council's Light Rail Transit Sub-Committee meet on Monday to receive staff updates and debate a request to add a LRT stop at Bay Street. The Committee voted to add the stop, which now has to be considered by Metrolinx. Metrolinx has the final say.
Hamilton's Heritage Committee is going to work with the development group planning of LIUNA and Hi-Rise Group to look into incorporating parts of the front facade of the former Kresge site at 43-51 King Street East in Downtown Hamilton.
The plot is familiar to Hamiltonians. A building of heritage interest is scheduled for demolition, a 60-day countdown to the permit being issued begins, a rush occurs as the Municipal Heritage Committee tries to determine if they wish to block the demolition by designating the building, a heated debate ensues, Heritage Committee decides it should be saved, and then Council ultimately gets to decide. Thus happened again at today's Municipal Heritage Committee as a walk-in report announced to the committee that The Egerton Shaver House (Fig 17 on this Ancaster Township Historical Society page) is scheduled for demolition permit issue on February 13, 2017. The application for to demolition is to facilitate the construction of a "retail commercial plaza as well as a 50 unit, 6 storey multiple dwelling on the site." The building, built c.1856, was first identified as being of potential heritage value in 1984.
The agenda for this Liaison Group is not publicly available in advance of the meeting. The Public Record will attend at the beginning of the meeting. At 9:30am, Council Public Works Committee is also meeting.
This is the second Council meeting cancelled in a month due to a lack of Councillors showing up to work. Other meetings have been cancelled in advance as Councillors increasingly fail to show up to City Hall preferring to take vacations and focus on self-promotion activities as they campaign for re-election in 2018.
Council's Accessible Transit Review Committee failed to make quorum this morning, leaving residents who took DARTS to the meeting on the hook for their transit fare and sitting around City Hall for hours as they waited for their scheduled DARTS pick-up times.