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A new rendering was released over the weekend for a development called "Millworks Historic District" located in Hamilton's west end in the Dundas Village. The historic Valley City Manufacturing building (est. 1936) will be restored and reused for commercial and retail space...

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Dundas' historic Valley City property sold

Forge and Foster to reuse existing space for offices, restaurants

By Craig Campbell | June 26, 2017

The former Valley City Manufacturing site at 64 Hatt St. will be revitalized as a commercial and office space featuring restaurants along the street, after the Crockford family sold the site this month to Forge and Foster.

Joe Accardi of Forge and Foster, which renovated the former Spectator building at 115 King St. E and owns the former Ball manufacturing plant at 391 Victoria Ave. N., paid $4.1 million to Bob Crockford on June 15 to add the 75,000-plus square foot sprawling Dundas site to his portfolio.

Former Dundas resident Ben Ames, who will manage the former Valley City site, said there are no plans to knock down any buildings, add new buildings or pursue multi-residential development.

“We love our old brick and beam buildings,” Ames said.

Existing tenants are expected to remain, with more creative businesses likely on the way, as well as potential restaurants in the new owner’s Honest Foods portfolio, which already includes The Beverly on Locke Street and The Black Forest Inn, among others.

“There is so much space there, we didn’t want anyone to leave unnecessarily,” Ames said.

Crockford said he, his brother Stephen and sister Judy always hoped to see the building adaptively reused — and not flattened.

“They made an effort to let tenants know they wanted them to stay,” he said. “They wanted to keep it as it is, renovate and expand the number of tenants. That pleased me.

“They were satisfied it was a good building and we were satisfied they were a thoughtful owner that will do good things for the town.”

Since closing the manufacturing business about five years ago, Crockford said he had talked to potential buyers who were keen on demolishing much of the historic structure and pursuing highrise residential.

“We didn’t want to have to avert our eyes when we drive by it,” Crockford said.

Ames said Forge and Foster plans to finalize a temporary rezoning permitting a variety of existing uses, then later get a permanent rezoning that will also permit higher-end retail and restaurants along Hatt Street with more open-concept office space throughout the structure.

He said the new owners will take inspiration from the renovation of the former Valley City warehouse across the street into a craft brewery.
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