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.
The AWWCA’s annual general meeting will be Monday, September 18th, at St. George’s Church, 134 Emerson Street.
Click for the full AWWCA 2017 AGM agenda. Highlights follow.
6:45 Welcome, presentation of agenda Ira Rosen
6:55 Ward 1 Councillor’s Report / Aidan Johnson
7:10 Animal Control updates for West Hamilton / Brad Potts, City of Hamilton
7:20 McMaster’s Planned Main Street West Residence / Gord Arbeau, McMaster University
7:30 Panel discussion: The changing West Hamilton real-estate landscape
8:00 Association Business
Feel free to invite neighbours, newcomers, and friends.
The AWWCA’s annual general meeting will be Monday, Sept. 26, at Adas Israel Synagogue, 125 Cline Ave. South. There is free parking on the premises.
5:30-6:30 p.m.: Registration and membership renewals if due
A representative of the Hamilton Police Service will be present if you have any questions or concerns
6:30 p.m.: Guest Speakers
- Brief reports from
- Ward 1 Councillor Aidan Johnson
- Balie Tomar, Director, SCSN, McMaster Students Union
- McMaster’s Director of Communications Gord Arbeau
Main topic: Light-Rail Transit and Transit within Hamilton and the AWWCA Area
- Andrew Hope, director, Hamilton LRT at Metrolinx
- Trevor Horzelenberg, manager, LRT for the City of Hamilton
Question and answer period
AWWCA business: reports from the president, treasurer, and membership secretary; approval of last year’s minutes; any other business that may arise
The meeting will be over by 8:30 or 9:00 p.m.
Feel free to invite neighbours, newcomers, and friends.
See & be seen
As part of a cycling education and safety project, Hamilton Police Service officers will be stopping cyclists near the university for Highway Traffic Act infractions – including those riding in the dark without lights. The McMaster Students Union and the Ainslie Wood / Westdale Community Association have provided sets of front and rear lights for officers to give out to cyclists who don’t have any.
These LED lights are long lasting and use replaceable button-cell batteries (available at dollar stores, for example).
Operation Bike Guard
Bike theft is a maddening fact of life, unfortunately. The police recover thousands of stolen bikes each year, but often have no way of identifying the rightful owners. As part of Operation Bike Guard, the HPS has a Bicycle Identification Form (fillable PDF) which you can fill out – before your bike is (heaven forbid) stolen! – and submit if you need it.