The Standard’s moving after 114 years on Queen

Source: CBC News

 
The real estate deal is set to close in late December.

Italo Ferrari, the new owner in-waiting of the 1.7-acre Queen St. property, said he has no immediate plans for the 44,150 square-foot Standard building, parts of which date to the 19th century.

However, Ferrari did indicate he’s thinking in terms of retail/commercial development for the Queen St. side of the building, with the possibility of tearing down warehouse space at the rear to make room for additional parking.

Standard managing editor Wendy Metcalfe said while there is a strong emotional attachment to the current home given the newspaper’s long history there, the facility was developed for a different era that included printing, production, distribution and warehousing.

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City gets new home offer

Source: The Hamilton Spectator
 

In the letter, Fercan’s general manager Italo Ferrari states the company has space to accommodate all the city staff, allowing the city to cancel leases elsewhere.

Bratina believes the deal would be cheaper than plans to renovate City Hall for $74 million, buy the Lister Block and lease more space…

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As City Hall Empties, debate Rises

Source: The Hamilton Spectator

 

… The developers finished that mall in 1990 for $77 million. Ten years later, after Eaton’s died and the mall tenants fell away, the mall was sold to a man named Italo Ferrari for $3.6 million.

In other words, he got a nearly new building for about 5 per cent of the construction cost. It’s a shame the city didn’t buy it.

But that was yesterday.

The city has struck a deal with Ferrari to move everybody into the mall while the work is done over on Main West. The job of organizing that big move falls to Gerry Davis, the city’s director of capital planning…

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Civic Leaders’ Forum On DownTown Plans

Source: The Hamilton Spectator
 

Spectator: Our series has documented a downtown that has some of the highest rates of poverty in Canada, crime rates as high as anywhere in the new city, with rock-bottom real estate prices, low rents, and buildings that are empty and decaying.
How do you feel about all of this?

Mayor Bob Wade: I don’t have a problem with all of this … The first step to a solution is to recognize that you have a problem and you (The Spectator) are helping with the recognition of that problem …

Across the country, many urban areas are having similar types of problems. But I believe that we have opportunities to do the right things and to work toward the downtown that we would like to see …

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New urgent care clinic coming to downtown

Source: CBC News

 

A new urgent care clinic is coming to downtown Windsor, Ont., the Downtown Windsor Business Improvement Association and Wilsondale Assets Management said at a news conference on Tuesday morning. The move is supposed to alleviate long emergency room waits at Hôtel-Dieu Grace Hospital, and improve access to health care for downtown residents. The Nexus Medical and Urgent Care Clinic, located north of Wyandotte at 500 Ouellette, will also have family doctors, specialists, and an on-site pharmacy, in addition to the emergency care services.

The urgent care clinic will be open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. from Monday to Friday. The building is owned by Wilsondale Assets Management, but the clinic is run by Nexus. The facility will also work with the New Canadian Centre to cater to new immigrants and the centre will provide translation services for patients.

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