Jason trawls the core for juicy morsels of news.
By Jason Leach
Published March 18, 2006
Trevor Shaw drew my attention to a recent report on CHML that residents living near the corner of Main St. E. and Sherman St. are voicing opposition to the planned repairs at three notorious buildings on the corner that were magnets for crime before a fire two years ago destroyed them. Apparently the plan to create 59 rental housing units with few parking spots is at issue.
I go by this project everyday as it's a few blocks from our office. The new roof is up and the buildings are beautiful. I'm planning a piece for one of these issues discussing the insane parking bylaws in Hamilton. Any new condo, loft or apartment building must have the same number of parking spaces as units.
Spallacci, for example, initially proposed 123 units with 90 parking spaces, but the city made them do 123 parking spaces. Same with the 200 unit condo on King William: 200 parking spots. How stupid!
Here we are trying to sell urban intensification by saying it won't increase traffic as much as sprawl since some folks will walk, bike and take the bus. Then the city won't even put bike lanes on downtown streets or improve transit, but they force developers to provide hundreds of parking spots. Is our city run by GM and Imperial Oil or what?
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