Hamilton has 205 vacant buildings and a downtown office vacancy rate of 13.7% (close to 700,000 square feet vacant) - not to mention countless acres of vacant lofts, brownfields and surface parking.
The Hamilton District School Board headquarters at 100 Main Street West is being considered as a location for the proposed McMaster Downtown Health Campus. While we would love to see McMaster play a large role in how downtown redevelops, we'd like them to develop in a way that respects our downtown architecture.
The building, built in 1966 and still in use, is a beautiful example of modernist architecture- it's truly one of the last times we got it right in Hamilton. It's absolutely structurally sound, and any plans to redevelop this site should include retaining this building.
If we are subsidizing this development largely with public dollars, we should leverage this development to fill one of many vacant buildings and lots, rather than emptying and demolishing a building. Let's add rather than subtract.