Tim McCabe, MCIP, RPP
Planning and Economic Development Department
Hamilton City Centre
77 James St. N. - Suite 400
Hamilton, ON L8R 2K3
Dear Mr. McCabe,
As you are aware, and as your staff have advised me, there is a by-law in the City of Hamilton that makes it 'illegal' (a term used by your staff) to operate a commercial parking lot on the footprint of a demolished building in the downtown core.
You are also aware that such a parking lot has existed at the corner of Bay and Main, on the site of the now demolished HMP Building generating revenue for its owner. A full six months later, the parking lot still exists and is still generating revenue.
May I ask that you provide me with an update as to sequence of actions you, and your staff, have taken to shut the parking lot down? Further, could you please help me understand why the lot is still operating? Finally, I would appreciate a 'staff opinion' on what actions will be taken to recover monies generated through the illegal operation of such a business.
I see from recent media coverage that a complete overhaul of the by-law enforcement department is underway. I trust that these necessary, and apparently overdue, changes will not impede continued by-law enforcement such as ensuring compliance of the parking lot in question.
A response would be appreciated. While I realize that you and your team are busy, especially given the overhaul of the department and recent heritage-related events, this ongoing and flagrant disregard for the law is something that I think communicates an unfortunate message about the quality of by-law enforcement to the thousands of people who drive by the site daily, not to mention the thousands of owners of vehicles who have paid for parking on the site since it began operation in 2007.
I believe that the math on the monies generated should be cause for concern for you and for your staff. Certainly, they are for me and, I suspect, other taxpayers.
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