The grasp settlement to renovate Hamilton’s downtown leisure venues is anticipated to be ratified on Wednesday (June 9).
Thursday, after an in-camera session, Hamilton metropolis councillors permitted the settlement setting out the privately funded $500-million plan to revitalize the downtown’s leisure precinct. The proposal, which the Hamilton Urban Precinct Entertainment Group (aka The Precinct Group) brought forward last summer, requires modernizing the FirstOntario Centre, renovating FirstOntario Live performance Corridor and the Hamilton Conference Centre, and constructing three highrises, certainly one of which might be residence to the Artwork Gallery of Hamilton. The Precinct Group would cowl the prices.
All three leisure venues have been constructed within the Seventies and ’80s, and the capital and upkeep prices had turn into a rising expense for the Metropolis of Hamilton in current years.
Closing particulars of The Precinct Group’s plan won’t be recognized for just a few days. There just a few specifics about any plans for altering the the seating capability of FirstOntario Centre, which constructed to Nineteen Eighties Nationwide Hockey League specs and might maintain round 17,000 followers. The decrease bowl shall be renovated and the higher bowl balcony could have a brand new curtaining system, whereas the concourse between the bowls could be expanded.
The world is residence to the Ontario Hockey League’s Hamilton Bulldogs and the Hamilton Honey Badgers of the third-season Canadian Elite Basketball League. The Toronto Rock of the Nationwide Lacrosse League additionally plan to maneuver to Hamilton.
Pictures by way of Metropolis of Hamilton.