Fabulous news in today's Hamilton Spectator, as Hamilton Artists Inc. tries to buy the downtown building that housed Jerry's Man Shop to create an art complex.
I have visions of a major arts complex with galleries, café space, and astreetfront patio. I don't know exactly what the Inc has planned for here, but I'm sure it'll be a massive boost to downtown Hamilton.
We all know that our friendly neighbourhood councillors in Flamborough and Ancaster will vote against this idea to release already-approved money early.
The other councillors around the table should be more than willing to approve this request given the impact it will have on our downtown.
We've seen the same scenario time and time again when Red Hill project managers come before council requesting millions more, or a local developer wants new land re-zoned or deals cut on servicing costs. Those requests are usually granted due to their importance to council.
Downtown is the heart of the city and the face of Hamilton. I've just read the recent BIZ Magazine piece on Jerry's and they spare no expense in describing how bustling and prosperous James and Cannon used to be before the trucks took over.
Jerry's was a big story in the city and rightly so. The fact that a local group is clamouring to grab that space for another major anchor to the booming James North strip should bring smiles to the faces of all councillors (except the aforementioned Hamilton-haters) and make this a rather easy decision.
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