Demolition contractor set for 10 Newman Rd. in Dundas

News Sep 04, 2020 by Craig Campbell Dundas Star News

The City of Hamilton had no closing date for the purchase of 10 Newman Rd. as of the first week of September, but had already retained a contractor for demolition of the building on the site.

City spokesperson Allison Jones said on Sept. 3 that Hamilton’s facilities department “has a contractor lined up,” but confirmed that no closing date is set for the property transfer directed by city council as part of a settlement with the property’s current owner.

Jones said the building material remaining on-site after the city buys the property may be salvaged and sold, and wood material may be reused at the city’s carpenter shop.

“This still needs to be determined,” Jones said.

She confirmed there was no deadline yet for the current owner to remove his property from the site.

Jones could not confirm whether any of the property will be used to provide space for the redesign of the intersection of York and Newman roads, or if the city will donate or sell the land to any other organization – such as a Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark partner – for restoration of the property.

“We are not aware of any formal decision or direction yet made as to the city’s plans for the property,” Jones said.

Hamilton city council approved a settlement agreement on Sept. 21, which includes the city acquiring the property, demolishing the structure and restoring the site to its natural state.

City costs will be charged to the Building Permit Revenue Stabilization Reserve, which city staff said is funded by building permit fees. No taxpayer money will be used to pay for the settlement or related projects.

City council directed that the settlement details remain confidential. Hamilton Community News has filed a Municipal Freedom of Information request for two staff reports.

City staff incorrectly issued site plan approval and building permits for the Pleasant View property last year, contrary to its own official plan and zoning bylaw and contrary to the provincial Niagara Escarpment Plan and an Ontario Municipal Board decision, all of which do not permit development of the property. The property cannot be rezoned without a Niagara Escarpment Plan amendment.

After the city revoked the incorrectly issued building permit, the property owner appealed the decision in court and filed a minor variance application. The variance was denied, and the matter eventually settled out of court.

Demolition contractor set for 10 Newman Rd. in Dundas

Sale's closing date not set as of September 3

News Sep 04, 2020 by Craig Campbell Dundas Star News

The City of Hamilton had no closing date for the purchase of 10 Newman Rd. as of the first week of September, but had already retained a contractor for demolition of the building on the site.

City spokesperson Allison Jones said on Sept. 3 that Hamilton’s facilities department “has a contractor lined up,” but confirmed that no closing date is set for the property transfer directed by city council as part of a settlement with the property’s current owner.

Jones said the building material remaining on-site after the city buys the property may be salvaged and sold, and wood material may be reused at the city’s carpenter shop.

“This still needs to be determined,” Jones said.

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She confirmed there was no deadline yet for the current owner to remove his property from the site.

Jones could not confirm whether any of the property will be used to provide space for the redesign of the intersection of York and Newman roads, or if the city will donate or sell the land to any other organization – such as a Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark partner – for restoration of the property.

“We are not aware of any formal decision or direction yet made as to the city’s plans for the property,” Jones said.

Hamilton city council approved a settlement agreement on Sept. 21, which includes the city acquiring the property, demolishing the structure and restoring the site to its natural state.

City costs will be charged to the Building Permit Revenue Stabilization Reserve, which city staff said is funded by building permit fees. No taxpayer money will be used to pay for the settlement or related projects.

City council directed that the settlement details remain confidential. Hamilton Community News has filed a Municipal Freedom of Information request for two staff reports.

City staff incorrectly issued site plan approval and building permits for the Pleasant View property last year, contrary to its own official plan and zoning bylaw and contrary to the provincial Niagara Escarpment Plan and an Ontario Municipal Board decision, all of which do not permit development of the property. The property cannot be rezoned without a Niagara Escarpment Plan amendment.

After the city revoked the incorrectly issued building permit, the property owner appealed the decision in court and filed a minor variance application. The variance was denied, and the matter eventually settled out of court.

Demolition contractor set for 10 Newman Rd. in Dundas

Sale's closing date not set as of September 3

News Sep 04, 2020 by Craig Campbell Dundas Star News

The City of Hamilton had no closing date for the purchase of 10 Newman Rd. as of the first week of September, but had already retained a contractor for demolition of the building on the site.

City spokesperson Allison Jones said on Sept. 3 that Hamilton’s facilities department “has a contractor lined up,” but confirmed that no closing date is set for the property transfer directed by city council as part of a settlement with the property’s current owner.

Jones said the building material remaining on-site after the city buys the property may be salvaged and sold, and wood material may be reused at the city’s carpenter shop.

“This still needs to be determined,” Jones said.

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She confirmed there was no deadline yet for the current owner to remove his property from the site.

Jones could not confirm whether any of the property will be used to provide space for the redesign of the intersection of York and Newman roads, or if the city will donate or sell the land to any other organization – such as a Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark partner – for restoration of the property.

“We are not aware of any formal decision or direction yet made as to the city’s plans for the property,” Jones said.

Hamilton city council approved a settlement agreement on Sept. 21, which includes the city acquiring the property, demolishing the structure and restoring the site to its natural state.

City costs will be charged to the Building Permit Revenue Stabilization Reserve, which city staff said is funded by building permit fees. No taxpayer money will be used to pay for the settlement or related projects.

City council directed that the settlement details remain confidential. Hamilton Community News has filed a Municipal Freedom of Information request for two staff reports.

City staff incorrectly issued site plan approval and building permits for the Pleasant View property last year, contrary to its own official plan and zoning bylaw and contrary to the provincial Niagara Escarpment Plan and an Ontario Municipal Board decision, all of which do not permit development of the property. The property cannot be rezoned without a Niagara Escarpment Plan amendment.

After the city revoked the incorrectly issued building permit, the property owner appealed the decision in court and filed a minor variance application. The variance was denied, and the matter eventually settled out of court.