No Plans Yet for 20 Jackson Street West

By Ryan McGreal
Published November 07, 2013

Last month, demolition crews began pulling down the three-storey commercial building at 20 Jackson Street West near MacNab. The demolition permit was issued on October 2. The building is now a shrinking pile of rubble, but the property owner does not yet have a plan for what to do with the site.

Pile of rubble at 20 Jackson Street West (RTH file photo)
Pile of rubble at 20 Jackson Street West (RTH file photo)

According to Jason Farr, the Councillor for ward 2, and Ed VanderWindt, chief planning official for the City, the property owner, Wilson-Blanchard, has not submitted any plans to redevelop the site.

RTH contacted Robert Miles, an executive at Wilson-Blanchard, to ask whether the property management company has any plans or intentions for the site that they can share. Miles replied, "Nothing yet. we are working on some plans internally."

Ryan McGreal, the editor of Raise the Hammer, lives in Hamilton with his family and works as a programmer, writer and consultant. Ryan volunteers with Hamilton Light Rail, a citizen group dedicated to bringing light rail transit to Hamilton. Ryan wrote a city affairs column in Hamilton Magazine, and several of his articles have been published in the Hamilton Spectator. His articles have also been published in The Walrus, HuffPost and Behind the Numbers. He maintains a personal website, has been known to share passing thoughts on Twitter and Facebook, and posts the occasional cat photo on Instagram.


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By seancb (registered) - website | Posted November 07, 2013 at 11:30:00

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the image of our new Gore Park.

Now that they have ripped the storefronts off of those buildings, they will allow winter to enter them and just get ready for another round of "gotta get rid of the eyesores" hyperbole.

Wilson Blanchard: enemy of downtown.

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By puzzler (anonymous) | Posted November 19, 2013 at 11:00:30

Baloney, no plans. They are building a parking facility. Read the city's parking report and the need for parking on McNab. A deal has been cooked up between the developer and the city; the city will pay for all this work. Mark my words!

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By InsideJob (registered) | Posted November 29, 2013 at 07:03:26

Why are we not pushing for this to be raised in Council? Mandate, shmandate, sn election is looming, another guidepost on the city landscape is flattened, parking is blooming downtown in place of redevelopment, the City twiddles its thumbs. Is it time for an aggressive new slate of candidates for Council?

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