By Jason Leach
Published September 04, 2009
The City of Hamilton was asked to recommend suitable properties to redevelop under the auspices of the Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program Extension, a partnership between the federal and provincial government to create and repair affordable housing units across Ontario.
The number one recommendation from the city? The Royal Connaught Hotel [PDF link].
According to the City:
The construction of these new rental units would result in community-wide housing, economic, and social benefits to the City, including brownfield redevelopment, residential intensification and would be a catalyst for downtown and neighbourhood revitalization.
It's just unbelievable that the city would recommend the Connaught when so many other proposals were presented. The Connaught should be their last option for this sort of use, not one of their first.
The full list of six recommendations is:
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