The Strathcona Community Council is hosting a Ward 1 Candidates Forum on Tuesday, October 16th from 7 to 9 pm at The Hamilton Christian Fellowship church (HCF), 135 Strathcona St. N. (at Corner of Tom st.).
“This is a chance meet all the candidates and learn more about their individual platforms,” says SCC President Dominic Sorbara. All are invited.
The planners for the proposed student-condo development at the Binkley Public School (later Colin Macdonald School) site have posted information about the plans for the building and site: https://sandersgardencondo.urbanshare.info/
There’s quite a bit to digest and no-one on the board has had the chance to go over this thoroughly – we are eager for your comments.
A few notes:
- there will be a public meeting, but no date has been announced
- plans are for
- nine stories plus a storey-high mechanical suite
- 154 suites in the main building
- 28 “maisonette” suites
- ground-floor commercial space
- surface level and underground parking for 108 vehicles
The following letter was read by the Ward One Councillor’s Administrative & Constituency Assistant, Nikola Wojewoda, at the AGM on behalf of Aidan Johnson.
Sadly, illness prevents me from attending our AWWCA AGM tonight. But I wanted to send a few words of report.
First of all: Thank you to our hard-working AWWCA executive, and particularly our leader, Ira Rosen, for a great year of service. The AWWCA does tremendous work, and we cannot thank our executive enough.
It has been a great year for Ward 1, and for Westdale and Ainslie Wood specifically.
Homecoming Street Festival
McMaster and the Westdale Village BIA will hold the inaugural Homecoming Street Festival in Westdale Village on Saturday, September 15h starting at 10 am.
The street fest will feature live music and a DJ, along with free give-a-ways from McMaster Athletics, MSU Campus Events and the McMaster Alumni Association. In addition, the street will be lined with tents offering students goodies and samples from a host of vendors.
Licensed patios will be open up and down the street, and multiple themed photo booths will be on site.
There will be live music at stages at King @ Sterling (in front of Westdale Cupcakes) and King @ North Oval (in front of Judy Marsales):
- 11-3pm Midtown
- 12-4pm Bill Craig
- 1-4pm Avery Raquel
This is also the first year in which Homecoming has been scheduled to coincide with SuperCrawl, so we may well see a very different pattern of festivities than in past years.
Revised proposal for McMaster residence on Traymore
McMaster and Knightstone presented their revised proposal for a student residence on Traymore and Main West between Dalewood and Forsyth on September 5th (to the board of the AWWCA) and the 6th (to the general public).
See the slides from the presentation.
The gist is that Mac is still planning to house 1,400+ students on the site. They’ve lowered the main mass down to 10 stories from 12 (plus a mechanicals penthouse), pulled back some mass from Traymore, and added an 18-storey tower at the south-west corner.
People at the meeting on the 7th expressed concerns about:
- the sheer number of students
- the chaotic foot traffic
- the impact of 4 – 6 large trucks per day entering from Traymore
- the 18 storey tower
Improvements over the previous proposal include:
- the height of the bulk of the building reduced
- below grade loading and waste bays
- 23 parking spots instead of 4 (19 for graduate-student townhouses)
- ineligibility of undergraduates for street parking
- a broad walking path on the West side of Forsyth, including a pedestrian bridge over the hospital parking ramp
It seems that many people were caught off guard by a reconfiguration without any reduction in capacity
One resident asked about putting housing at Main & Cootes instead, above or near the new transit terminal. Roger Couldrey, McMaster’s VP Admin, said that he would look into the possibility.
The AWWCA continues to oppose the development as currently planned, does not oppose a smaller development at the same location.
The annual general meeting of the AWWCA will take place Monday, September 17th at 7pm at the McMaster Innovation Park on Longwood Road.
Our theme this year is Future Developments in Ainslie Wood and Westdale. We will have presentations on the development plans in the West End from City LRT and Planning staff and on McMaster’s proposed Traymore residence and other plans from University senior staff. There will be a Q & A period after each presentation.
A member of the Hamilton Police Service and a number of Ward One candidates will be in attendance for discussion following the meeting.
Doors open and registration at 6 pm.
Presentations begins at 7 pm; association business follows.
Complete agenda and draft of 2017 minutes here.
On Tuesday, the MSU will be hosting a Provincial Candidates Debate on campus in the MUSC Atrium from 2-5pm. The HWAD candidates from the Green, Liberal, NDP, and PC parties have confirmed they are attending. The debate is open to the public
Arial view of proposed McMaster residence on Main Street West.
We have up-to-date information on McMaster University’s proposed 1,500-bed residence between Main Street West and Traymore Avenue, including links to media and site plans.