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Chamber: Wait for Full Site Analysis on Stadium Location

By RTH Staff
Published July 15, 2010

Before the last-minute inclusion of the East Mountain site for the Pan Am Stadium, the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce came out in support of the West Harbour site. I contacted Richard Koroscil, chair of the Chamber, to ask if the Chamber's position remains in support of the West Harbour.

In his reply, he noted that a full analysis of the two potential sites is still forthcoming, and that the stadium "must be sustainable and will need solid private sector support behind it."

At this time, the Chamber's position is that "we are in the middle of a process and we must let it take its course."

He closed with a commendation to the City and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats for their collaboration through facilitator Michael Fenn and expressed "trust that a good solution will be found - one that is a win-win for both parties."

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By Robert D (anonymous) | Posted July 15, 2010 at 18:28:42

What they think down the road...

http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/article/836341--hume-hamilton-stadium-should-be-downtown

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By HamiltonFan (registered) | Posted July 15, 2010 at 19:22:02

Not sure about that Star article saying a stadium should be part of increased housing in the area. That's a new one to me but I'll admit I'm no urban planner expert or that. Maybe that's the trend, housing beside a stadium. But it's strange because even as a huge TigerCat fan and season ticket holder, the last place I want my house in next to or near a stadium. But that's just me.

Comment edited by HamiltonFan on 2010-07-15 18:22:31

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By EnviroTO (anonymous) | Posted July 15, 2010 at 21:23:10

One of the most populated new neighbourhoods in Toronto is City Place sitting right next to SkyDome. Without a neighbourhood with a myriad of activities available to surround the stadium, the area will be a dead zone most of the year. Why spend a fortune on roads and infrastructure to have it remain unused most of the time. Build downtown and build a neighbourhood which is lively and even more so when the Ti-Cats are in town.

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By HamiltonFan (registered) | Posted July 15, 2010 at 22:03:35

Environ, yes, why spend a fortune on raods and infrastructure to have it remain unused most of the time. Build it at or near Confederation Park then.

Ask people who don't live in highrises, say the well to do out in Ancaster or Burlington in fairly expensive detached homes if they want a stadium next or right near them. I think we both know the answer to that one.

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By Robert D (anonymous) | Posted July 16, 2010 at 10:03:54

I think that's the difference between people here in Hamilton and people in Toronto.

People in Toronto want to live in tiny units in highrise condos cramming every inch of space around the waterfront/downtown core, including around the Skydome and Air Canada Centre.

People in Hamilton want a two car garage and a front and back yard.

I'm not saying everyone has to live the city life, but I know there ARE people who would like to live in an urban downtown Hamilton, and the opportunities are somewhat lacking.

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By Meredith (registered) - website | Posted July 17, 2010 at 00:14:33

Almost all our nice condos in Hamilton are being built in Dundas... there are some downtown but downtown's extremely lacking... we could use our own CityPlace.

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