Comment 56297

By RenaissanceWatcher (registered) | Posted January 14, 2011 at 08:29:02

At the Hamilton city council meeting this past Wednesday, City Manager Chris Murray said that twelve people from his staff are working on the Pan Am stadium issue which is now into its final week or two.

It is concerning that the City of Hamilton has spent almost a year of time negotiating with Bob Young and Scott Mitchell and that, rather than making any progress, the city actually is in a far worse position than it was when the negotiations started. While it is hoped that an agreement of mutual benefit to the City of Hamilton and Bob Young can be reached, it is difficult to be optimistic.

Given the extremely tight deadline the city now has to put the Ivor Wynne Stadium refurbishment plan and the alternate West Harbour scalable plan stadium together, one hopes that Chris Murray can allocate a few people from his twelve person staff to focus on making sure that the alternate West Harbour scalable stadium plan can compete successfully against the Mississauga and Brampton stadium plans should the Ivor Wynne Stadium plan prove to be unworkable or unacceptable to the City of Hamilton and/or Toronto 2015.

Hamilton's plan for the community-size West Harbour soccer stadium alternative should include, among other things, information about the Code Red series in the Hamilton Spectator stressing the need for improved health and fitness in the lower city, the fact that Ron Joyce Stadium is heavily used by the intra mural and inter mural teams at McMaster University, a commitment from the Canadian Soccer Association and local community sports group to use the stadium in a meaningful way, information about the opportunity to remediate 23 acres of brownfield in the north end of Hamilton, and information about the successfully remediated Bayfront Park and Harbourfront Trail near the west harbour stadium site.

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