Is Hamilton doing enough to support and encourage new investment in our older neighbourhoods? If not, what should the City be doing?

Responses to the question: "Is Hamilton doing enough to support and encourage new investment in our older neighbourhoods? If not, what should the City be doing?"

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Ward 15
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Bos, Neil Maybe Let's be clear. I do not want Council to have another excuse to run up to Flamborough and steal everything we've worked for, in some cases for generations.

I plan to be at the council table to represent Ward 15 (Flamborough), and I will not approve "new investment" of any kind by council until I'm satisfied that Flamborough is either free or has been fairly treated by Hamilton and/or the province.
Gaspar, Brian No I feel there is always room for improvement. As do the demographics, change so do the investment strategies of the older neighbourhoods. Businesses and developers see different potentials for a newly forming Hamilton continuously creating a more sociable environment for people to be attracted to Hamilton. We must continuously be creating a proper balance to establish appropriate needs for business and communities. We must utilize municipal provincial and federal governments' incentives to lessen the tax burden on residences.
Partridge, Judi No The city should consider funding programs (incentives) to encourage restorative development of existing older buildings as multi-use facilities to include commercial/institutional and residential. We need to grab hold of the new "restoration economy" and leverage investments to rebuild old neighbourhoods. We need to stop sprawl and focus on intensification.

The program would be most successful if it applied to all older neighbourhoods throughout Hamilton (old and new), and a smart way for leveraging investment from the private sector. Older neighbourhoods should include the downtowns of Ancaster, Dundas, Waterdown, Stoney Creek and Glanbrook. One of the oldest neighbourhoods in the city is actually Greensville in Flamborough.

One project that would be hugely successful in older neighbourhoods would be to develop medical facilities based on multiple service delivery. The clinic model could be large or small depending on the size of the neighbourhood, and include doctors, x-ray/ultrasound, pharmacy, physio, blood clinic, dentist and include a senior specialist to address the accessibility needs of our aging population. Potentially, there could be one floor of affordable senior housing as part of the development - a similar type development was just approved by Burlington Council to build on Plains Road in Aldershot area.

There could also be health care intern programs run in partnership with McMaster and Mohawk Colleges to train students "hands on" experience in the clinic. It could be replicated in older neighbourhoods throughout Hamilton creating medical hubs. Private investment funding from angel investors, doctors, the municipality and the province would make it a reality. Any developments must be self sustaining and not require ongoing taxpayer funding.

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