Hamilton Mountain arena put on ice

News Jan 16, 2020 by Kevin Werner Hamilton Mountain News

Some Hamilton Mountain councillors refuse to give up the idea of an arena at Lime Ridge Mall, despite the overwhelming odds against it.

At the Jan. 15 general issues committee meeting, council voted 11-3 against Hamilton Bulldogs owner Michael Andlauer’s $126-million proposal for a 6,000-seat arena at the mall. The pitch includes $56 million for a parking garage and $72 million for the arena.

Council is scheduled to vote on the recommendation at its Jan. 22 meeting.

Last fall, Andlauer made an “unprecedented” offer to councillors to contribute $30 million toward the proposal, but there were limited details provided.

Hamilton would be on the hook to pay the $126-million cost for the facility.

According to Andlauer, Cadillac Fairview, which owns Lime Ridge Mall, would lease the land to the city for $1 and operate the 1,800-space parking garage, while the Bulldogs’ owner would look after the arena.

“There are a lot of benefits for Lime Ridge,” he said at the time.

Mountain councillors Esther Pauls – who has championed a new Mountain arena – and Tom Jackson, said the Mountain would benefit from hosting such an attractive facility. Pauls has repeatedly stated that Hamilton is more than just the downtown.

Jackson said the Mountain “is special and the Mountain should not be discarded.”

But city staff rejected the idea of a new Mountain arena. They stated that the proposal “is unlikely to provide savings,” and that relocating an arena to the Mountain will impact the downtown and disrupt the city’s strategic plan to improve its entertainment facilities in the core.

Hamilton is already involved in examining what to do with FirstOntario Arena, FirstOntario Concert Hall and the convention centre.

Mountain Coun. Terry Whitehead and Pauls questioned the staff report, including the impact of transportation and the availability of hotel rooms.

“I am suggesting that we shouldn’t kill this thing until we determine if we’re going to even put a new 10,000-seat arena on the scope for downtown,” Whitehead said.

“In my opinion, the whole report was written with a preconceived lens to defeat the proposal of an arena on the mountain,” said Pauls.

An Ernst and Young report found that the best option for the city is to demolish the aging FirstOntario Centre, which was built in 1985, and construct a 10,000-seat arena for the downtown. The estimated price tag for such a facility is about $130 million.

Ward 8 Councillor John-Paul Danko supported the downtown arena option.

Hamilton councillors shut out proposed Mountain arena idea

News Jan 16, 2020 by Kevin Werner Hamilton Mountain News

Some Hamilton Mountain councillors refuse to give up the idea of an arena at Lime Ridge Mall, despite the overwhelming odds against it.

At the Jan. 15 general issues committee meeting, council voted 11-3 against Hamilton Bulldogs owner Michael Andlauer’s $126-million proposal for a 6,000-seat arena at the mall. The pitch includes $56 million for a parking garage and $72 million for the arena.

Council is scheduled to vote on the recommendation at its Jan. 22 meeting.

Last fall, Andlauer made an “unprecedented” offer to councillors to contribute $30 million toward the proposal, but there were limited details provided.

Hamilton would be on the hook to pay the $126-million cost for the facility.

According to Andlauer, Cadillac Fairview, which owns Lime Ridge Mall, would lease the land to the city for $1 and operate the 1,800-space parking garage, while the Bulldogs’ owner would look after the arena.

“There are a lot of benefits for Lime Ridge,” he said at the time.

Mountain councillors Esther Pauls – who has championed a new Mountain arena – and Tom Jackson, said the Mountain would benefit from hosting such an attractive facility. Pauls has repeatedly stated that Hamilton is more than just the downtown.

Jackson said the Mountain “is special and the Mountain should not be discarded.”

But city staff rejected the idea of a new Mountain arena. They stated that the proposal “is unlikely to provide savings,” and that relocating an arena to the Mountain will impact the downtown and disrupt the city’s strategic plan to improve its entertainment facilities in the core.

Hamilton is already involved in examining what to do with FirstOntario Arena, FirstOntario Concert Hall and the convention centre.

Mountain Coun. Terry Whitehead and Pauls questioned the staff report, including the impact of transportation and the availability of hotel rooms.

“I am suggesting that we shouldn’t kill this thing until we determine if we’re going to even put a new 10,000-seat arena on the scope for downtown,” Whitehead said.

“In my opinion, the whole report was written with a preconceived lens to defeat the proposal of an arena on the mountain,” said Pauls.

An Ernst and Young report found that the best option for the city is to demolish the aging FirstOntario Centre, which was built in 1985, and construct a 10,000-seat arena for the downtown. The estimated price tag for such a facility is about $130 million.

Ward 8 Councillor John-Paul Danko supported the downtown arena option.

Hamilton councillors shut out proposed Mountain arena idea

News Jan 16, 2020 by Kevin Werner Hamilton Mountain News

Some Hamilton Mountain councillors refuse to give up the idea of an arena at Lime Ridge Mall, despite the overwhelming odds against it.

At the Jan. 15 general issues committee meeting, council voted 11-3 against Hamilton Bulldogs owner Michael Andlauer’s $126-million proposal for a 6,000-seat arena at the mall. The pitch includes $56 million for a parking garage and $72 million for the arena.

Council is scheduled to vote on the recommendation at its Jan. 22 meeting.

Last fall, Andlauer made an “unprecedented” offer to councillors to contribute $30 million toward the proposal, but there were limited details provided.

Hamilton would be on the hook to pay the $126-million cost for the facility.

According to Andlauer, Cadillac Fairview, which owns Lime Ridge Mall, would lease the land to the city for $1 and operate the 1,800-space parking garage, while the Bulldogs’ owner would look after the arena.

“There are a lot of benefits for Lime Ridge,” he said at the time.

Mountain councillors Esther Pauls – who has championed a new Mountain arena – and Tom Jackson, said the Mountain would benefit from hosting such an attractive facility. Pauls has repeatedly stated that Hamilton is more than just the downtown.

Jackson said the Mountain “is special and the Mountain should not be discarded.”

But city staff rejected the idea of a new Mountain arena. They stated that the proposal “is unlikely to provide savings,” and that relocating an arena to the Mountain will impact the downtown and disrupt the city’s strategic plan to improve its entertainment facilities in the core.

Hamilton is already involved in examining what to do with FirstOntario Arena, FirstOntario Concert Hall and the convention centre.

Mountain Coun. Terry Whitehead and Pauls questioned the staff report, including the impact of transportation and the availability of hotel rooms.

“I am suggesting that we shouldn’t kill this thing until we determine if we’re going to even put a new 10,000-seat arena on the scope for downtown,” Whitehead said.

“In my opinion, the whole report was written with a preconceived lens to defeat the proposal of an arena on the mountain,” said Pauls.

An Ernst and Young report found that the best option for the city is to demolish the aging FirstOntario Centre, which was built in 1985, and construct a 10,000-seat arena for the downtown. The estimated price tag for such a facility is about $130 million.

Ward 8 Councillor John-Paul Danko supported the downtown arena option.