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Old Posted Jun 19, 2018, 8:06 PM
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West Harbour stadium... er, studio precinct?

Interesting idea. If this site isn't acceptable, there are hectares of vacant industrial/commercial lands in the north end that could be a viable home to studios.


Film studios eye Hamilton’s failed stadium lands for movie makeover
The city says more than two would-be buyers are interested in building film studios on the Barton-Tiffany lands.

by Matthew Van Dongen
The Hamilton Spectator -- June 19, 2018




Mystery would-be buyers want to turn Hamilton's failed stadium lands into a film studio.

City council infamously bought and demolished 19 homes and businesses along Barton Street West near the CN shunting yard in 2010 — forcing residents to relocate for a planned football stadium that ended up being built elsewhere.

The city intends to sell the land at some point — environmental testing is underway now — and the 16-acre block is currently zoned for a mix of residential along Barton and commercial closer to the rail yard.

But city economic development head Glen Norton said Monday "very strong interest" from Toronto's land-starved film industry has spurred him to ask area residents if they are interested in a made-for-TV ending to the Barton-Tiffany saga.

"What they're saying is they want to do all of (the block) as film studios," said Norton, who was slated to attend a Central Neighbourhood Association meeting Monday night to gauge neighbourhood interest in the idea.

"My question to them is are you interested in us having those talks? Because if not, we don't want to waste time talking about this (with potential buyers) if it is not feasible."

Ward 2 Coun. Jason Farr called the idea interesting and "very early stages," but worth running by residents for feedback.

He emphasized the current secondary plan, including hundreds of new homes on Barton and commercial businesses closer to the rail yard, is the product of community consultation and a painful Ontario Municipal Board challenge.

"A lot of folks over very many years consulted on that plan," he said. "How does a film studio on all of that land fit? … That's obviously going to be a question."

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Old Posted Jun 20, 2018, 12:23 AM
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I wonder if Guillermo del Toro is involved.
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THE FILM STUDIO SHOULD BE ON THE MOUNTAIN OR CONFEDERATION PARK.

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I wonder if Guillermo del Toro is involved.
He mentioned in one of his interviews while working here that he loved the city and would like to open a studio here. So you never know.
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From the linked article,

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Norton would not reveal which or how many companies have approached the city. But he confirmed "serious" inquiries have come from more than two film industry representatives and "the bulk of the interest" is coming from the Toronto-area.

Guillermo del Toro is not necessarily among the would-be bidders, if you are wondering.

The famed Hollywood director has praised Hamilton online and even exchanged Twitter chatter with Mayor Fred Eisenberger, who invited Del Toro last year to visit and talk about setting up shop locally.

Norton appeared to downplay the potential Monday by noting the director has never specifically said he wanted to own a Hamilton studio.

"His tweets said — and we've clarified this with him — if someone was to build a film studio in Hamilton, I'd love to go film there."
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