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Downtown BIA "deeply disappointed" with East Mountain location

Posted July 13, 2010

The Downtown BIA writes to the mayor and council:

Dear Mayor Eisenberger and Members of Council:

The business community in Downtown Hamilton is deeply disappointed with council’s decision to add a Greenfield east mountain location as a possible alternative to the West Harbour site for the Pan Am Games stadium.

Representatives of the Downtown Hamilton Business Improvement Area have on several occasions come before council to offer a snapshot of lessons learned by other communities when deciding on a location for a stadium. We have been consistent in our efforts to demonstrate to City Council the benefits of building a stadium in close proximity to Downtown as other communities have learned. There are strong existing examples of Downtown Stadiums which have re-defined their corresponding Communities. These include Memphis, Indianapolis, Baltimore, Cleveland, Houston, Milwaukee, Detroit, San Francisco, San Diego, Portland, and Pittsburgh in the U.S. Canadian communities include Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary and there are also discussions to put a new stadium in downtown Winnipeg.

After council’s decision to look at an alternative site on the East Mountain for the Pan Am Stadium the BIA has been flooded with communication regarding the downtown business community’s concerns and from residents interested in the future of Hamilton, the waterfront and downtown.

We urge council members to show leadership with respect to your original vision for the stadium to act as a catalyst to help build opportunities for Downtown redevelopment, for the project to bridge the gap between the waterfront and downtown and the opportunities this location presents to clean up a brownfield that would otherwise continue to sit empty for potentially a very long time if this project does not go ahead in the West Harbour location.

We believe that the issues surrounding the West Harbour site are not insurmountable and could be solved with some creative thinking from those who believe that city building and sustainable principles are paramount to Hamilton’s reputation as a progressive city.

Sincerely

Tim Bullock, Chairman

Comments

On July 14 2010 at 9:28 AM open your eyes said:

Shouldn't the city worry first about cleaning up the crack infested city before inviting people from abroad to drive through it to get to a stadium with no parking and no support system to accommodate them while they are here?

On July 14 2010 at 4:39 PM and take a look around said:

dear 'open your eyes'

Condemning city improvements by insulting its current state seems counter-intuitive to me

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