By Jason Leach
Published February 14, 2013
Our current public works yard is on Barton Street West near Bay Street. Central Park is right behind it, and new development land is right across the street.
Instead of demolishing this building in the usual Hamilton way, why not repurpose it with some creative, cool industries?
For comparison check out this coffee roaster, cafe, coffee education centre and bike shop in California:
Verve Coffee Roasters (Image Credit: Architectural Record)
Be sure to check out their slide show - lots of great photos of the facility, inside and out.
Let's cobblestone Barton Street through this stretch and make sure that the new development across the street faces the street with ground-floor stores, patios and street-level activity.
We can also do intersting things with the back of the Public Works property:
Imagine if we cobblestone the back of the building and open it up with more patio/dining/public space as an extension of Central Park. That would be something exciting that would attract more people to choose our city as a creative, positive place to live.
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