Hamilton seeks lease agreement for Auchmar Estate

News Jul 21, 2016 by Kevin Werner Hamilton Mountain News

The City of Hamilton has a great real estate deal for a potential non-profit organization.

The property is located on 3.765 hectares of land on the Mountain overlooking the city, in a convenient location, but it is a fixer upper.

Hamilton put up on its website this week offering a leasing opportunity for Auchmar Estate at 88 Fennell Avenue, at the north-east corner of Fennell Avenue West and West Fifth Street.

“Explore the opportunity of securing a long-term lease or operating and management agreement with an interested not-for-profit organization,” states the pitch on the website.

There are stipulations, though, to any agreement the organization reaches with the city. They include: continued restoration of the historic landmark, providing public access to all the buildings on the grounds; preserving the heritage of the estate, along with meeting the heritage conservation easement established by the Ontario Heritage Trust. And the city will continue to own the property and facility.

Heritage staff has determined in a report released earlier this year that Auchmar needs about $8 million in restoration upgrades for public access and continued operation.

In June councillors agreed to negotiate a lease or operating agreement for Auchmar, while the city retains ownership of the facility.

Council’s approval was dismissed by Mountain councillor Terry Whitehead, who represents the area where Auchmar is located. He said the city has done everything it can to preserve the building and lands over the last 16 years. Why not, he said, reach an agreement with the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry, which provided a proposal to councillors in June.  

Representatives of the RHLF have proposed creating the XIIIth Battalion Auchmar Trust to transform the Auchmar facility into a conference centre, regimental museum, inn, brew pub, public park and soldiers’ wellness centre. The proposed plan the RHLF introduced has a price tag of about $14 million, but the organization has no cash yet. But potential donors are waiting to contribute funds, representatives say.

But other councillors didn’t want to close the door on any other potential offer that could be in the public arena, including an unsolicited $6 million bid by Cardus, a Hamilton-based think tank.

The city urges potential respondents to the Auchmar lease offer to show staff other examples of business models that have been accomplished. Staff in turn will hold “confidential meetings” with “some or all” of the respondents in consultation with the Ontario Heritage Trust.

City staff warns respondents to “refrain” from talking to the media about their proposals without prior approval from city officials.

The deadline for responses is Aug. 31, 2016. Once staff reviews the documents, they will make a recommendation to council.

Hamilton seeks lease agreement for Auchmar Estate

News Jul 21, 2016 by Kevin Werner Hamilton Mountain News

The City of Hamilton has a great real estate deal for a potential non-profit organization.

The property is located on 3.765 hectares of land on the Mountain overlooking the city, in a convenient location, but it is a fixer upper.

Hamilton put up on its website this week offering a leasing opportunity for Auchmar Estate at 88 Fennell Avenue, at the north-east corner of Fennell Avenue West and West Fifth Street.

“Explore the opportunity of securing a long-term lease or operating and management agreement with an interested not-for-profit organization,” states the pitch on the website.

There are stipulations, though, to any agreement the organization reaches with the city. They include: continued restoration of the historic landmark, providing public access to all the buildings on the grounds; preserving the heritage of the estate, along with meeting the heritage conservation easement established by the Ontario Heritage Trust. And the city will continue to own the property and facility.

Heritage staff has determined in a report released earlier this year that Auchmar needs about $8 million in restoration upgrades for public access and continued operation.

In June councillors agreed to negotiate a lease or operating agreement for Auchmar, while the city retains ownership of the facility.

Council’s approval was dismissed by Mountain councillor Terry Whitehead, who represents the area where Auchmar is located. He said the city has done everything it can to preserve the building and lands over the last 16 years. Why not, he said, reach an agreement with the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry, which provided a proposal to councillors in June.  

Representatives of the RHLF have proposed creating the XIIIth Battalion Auchmar Trust to transform the Auchmar facility into a conference centre, regimental museum, inn, brew pub, public park and soldiers’ wellness centre. The proposed plan the RHLF introduced has a price tag of about $14 million, but the organization has no cash yet. But potential donors are waiting to contribute funds, representatives say.

But other councillors didn’t want to close the door on any other potential offer that could be in the public arena, including an unsolicited $6 million bid by Cardus, a Hamilton-based think tank.

The city urges potential respondents to the Auchmar lease offer to show staff other examples of business models that have been accomplished. Staff in turn will hold “confidential meetings” with “some or all” of the respondents in consultation with the Ontario Heritage Trust.

City staff warns respondents to “refrain” from talking to the media about their proposals without prior approval from city officials.

The deadline for responses is Aug. 31, 2016. Once staff reviews the documents, they will make a recommendation to council.

Hamilton seeks lease agreement for Auchmar Estate

News Jul 21, 2016 by Kevin Werner Hamilton Mountain News

The City of Hamilton has a great real estate deal for a potential non-profit organization.

The property is located on 3.765 hectares of land on the Mountain overlooking the city, in a convenient location, but it is a fixer upper.

Hamilton put up on its website this week offering a leasing opportunity for Auchmar Estate at 88 Fennell Avenue, at the north-east corner of Fennell Avenue West and West Fifth Street.

“Explore the opportunity of securing a long-term lease or operating and management agreement with an interested not-for-profit organization,” states the pitch on the website.

There are stipulations, though, to any agreement the organization reaches with the city. They include: continued restoration of the historic landmark, providing public access to all the buildings on the grounds; preserving the heritage of the estate, along with meeting the heritage conservation easement established by the Ontario Heritage Trust. And the city will continue to own the property and facility.

Heritage staff has determined in a report released earlier this year that Auchmar needs about $8 million in restoration upgrades for public access and continued operation.

In June councillors agreed to negotiate a lease or operating agreement for Auchmar, while the city retains ownership of the facility.

Council’s approval was dismissed by Mountain councillor Terry Whitehead, who represents the area where Auchmar is located. He said the city has done everything it can to preserve the building and lands over the last 16 years. Why not, he said, reach an agreement with the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry, which provided a proposal to councillors in June.  

Representatives of the RHLF have proposed creating the XIIIth Battalion Auchmar Trust to transform the Auchmar facility into a conference centre, regimental museum, inn, brew pub, public park and soldiers’ wellness centre. The proposed plan the RHLF introduced has a price tag of about $14 million, but the organization has no cash yet. But potential donors are waiting to contribute funds, representatives say.

But other councillors didn’t want to close the door on any other potential offer that could be in the public arena, including an unsolicited $6 million bid by Cardus, a Hamilton-based think tank.

The city urges potential respondents to the Auchmar lease offer to show staff other examples of business models that have been accomplished. Staff in turn will hold “confidential meetings” with “some or all” of the respondents in consultation with the Ontario Heritage Trust.

City staff warns respondents to “refrain” from talking to the media about their proposals without prior approval from city officials.

The deadline for responses is Aug. 31, 2016. Once staff reviews the documents, they will make a recommendation to council.