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Beer garden opens at waterfront brewery

http://www.thespec.com/news-story/67...front-brewery/

Collective Arts Brewing and Nickel Brook Brewing are opening a beer garden at their shared brewery in Hamilton.

The 3,000 square foot outdoor space launches Friday at 5 p.m. and will remain open Thursdays to Sundays through the summer. The breweries are at 207 Burlington St. E.

The patio will feature six beers from each brewery on tap, with communal picnic tables. There are also plans to bring in a rotating lineup of local food trucks and live music. Event and food truck schedules will be announced on each brewery's social media channels.

Regular hours of operation will be Thursdays 4 to 9 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Nickel Brook was founded by John and Peter Romano in Burlington in 2005. Collective Arts was founded in 2013 by Matt Johnston and Bob Russell.
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Approaching #RandleReef site from #WestHarbour, now seeing new breakwaters that have been installed near Pier 7/8.


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A lot of people stopping and asking what that floating pile of rusted metal is out there...
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Are they going to be covered over with some kind of decking? Or is that complete?
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From what I read it was constructed elsewhere of all steel then shipped to site and installed, so I assume this is complete. It sure is ugly, but over time it will turn white from bird droppings, as seen from CBC Hamilton's photo.

[IMG]breakwater by Glenn Sollie, on Flickr[/IMG]
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Randle Reef pounding giving harbour neighbours a headache
(The Hamilton Spectator, Matthew Van Dongen, Tuesday, July 05, 2016)

Don't blame waterfront dance parties for the latest bout of late-night rhythmic pounding echoing out of Hamilton harbour.

Work on the $139-million Randle Reef pollution-trapping project began this spring — including the hammering of 1,800 pairs of steel sheet piles into the bed of the harbour. Those interlocking piles will eventually become a containment box for three stadiums-worth of toxic coal tar.

But at the moment, those piles represent a potential pounding headache for residents on both sides of the harbour who are complaining about banging noises periodically continuing past 10:30 p.m. Monday night, for example, the sound of rhythmic pounding was audible in the west lower city until almost 11 p.m.

"We've waited 20 years. I'm not sure why construction has to be a 24-hour enterprise all of a sudden," said Coun. Jason Farr, who has heard from several residents asking about the noise.

He noted he hasn't fielded as many complaints about the mystery banging as he has about booming dance music on the patio of Sarcoa. That harbourfront restaurant is currently at legal loggerheads with the city and Hamilton Waterfront Trust over its bylaw-breaking use of amplified, late-night music on its popular patio.

"But people are still impacted. They're still wondering where the noise is coming from and when is it going to stop."

Farr said he's awaiting an update from project head Environment Canada, but added a preliminary inquiry through city staff suggests the federal agency "was also surprised" that the loud pounding was continuing late at night.

Residents are complaining on the Burlington side of the bay, too.

Burlington Coun. Rick Craven updated his residents via Facebook that the "loudest part of the project" is underway and that workers are actually on the job near Pier 15 until 3 a.m. Craven said Environment Canada has told him impact hammering is usually supposed to stop by 10 p.m., however.

That was the understanding of Hamilton's bylaw department, too, said supervisor James Buffett, who expected to get an update on the project Tuesday afternoon. "But there have been at least a few occasions where challenges with the work have meant the (pounding) is going later," he said.

Hamilton's noise bylaw would normally forbid such work at night, but special projects like Randle Reef and the Tim Hortons Field construction are eligible for exemptions, he said.

An Environment Canada official was not immediately available to answer questions about the project, or why the piledriving activities need to continue into the nighttime hours.

A 2012 comprehensive study report on the project suggested noise mitigation efforts that included limiting piledriving work to the hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

But city officials say the multi-year project is on a tight deadline because the piles for the first section of steel containment box must be finished and stabilized before winter.

More to come.
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Waterfront trail: Demolished 403 bridge's arches to be pillars of public art
(The Hamilton Spectator, Carmela Fragomeni, Tuesday, July 05, 2016)

The city is undertaking a public art project on a soon-to-be demolished highway bridge over the Desjardin Canal.

The project, approved by Monday's general issues committee, calls for the city to take ownership of 10 concrete columns to be left standing by the Ministry of Transportation once it demolishes the arch bridge that carries the eastbound Highway 403 over the canal and Waterfront Trail between the Main Street and York Boulevard interchanges.

"It has some degree of heritage value, but not enough. So they (MTO officials) have come to us to get some recognition of heritage," said Coun. Judi Partridge.

The MTO will build the new bridge this year and then demolish the old one.

Given their location adjacent to the popular Waterfront Trail, keeping the columns, according to a city staff report, will provide "an excellent location to tell the many stories of not only the bridge but of the canal and its surroundings …"

It will also reduce the amount of disturbance to the trail and canal caused by demolishing the bridge — and it will keep some of the "bridge's rich cultural heritage."

The commemorative public art project also fits in with the city's policy to develop and "animate" public spaces and places.

There will be no cost to the city to keep and cap the columns (at 2.5 metres above the trail height) because the MTO has agreed to do it.

The city will pay $20,000 to undertake surface repairs and graffiti protection.
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From what I read it was constructed elsewhere of all steel then shipped to site and installed, so I assume this is complete. It sure is ugly, but over time it will turn white from bird droppings, as seen from CBC Hamilton's photo.

[IMG]breakwater by Glenn Sollie, on Flickr[/IMG]
Thanks. So they'll be "naturally" decorated over time... how attractive, given the ongoing effort to further beautify the west harbour waterfront.

I guess if they were decked there would be potential for some people to start using them as more than breakwaters (with the accompanying liability risks).

I also wonder if they'll be brought near or onto shore in winter to minimize the risk of ice damage.
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Any updates? is there any working being done on location currently?
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Finding a private partner for developing Hamilton’s Pier 8

Hamilton Spectator
By Mark McNeil
http://www.thespec.com/news-story/69...lton-s-pier-8/

City staff will outline a proposed strategy Tuesday to select a private developer to build a giant residential-commercial waterfront community on Pier 8.

For years, the city has been pulling together a vision for the West Harbour with the Pier 8 development a major part of it. The plan for the pier — that the city acquired in the year 2000 from the Hamilton Harbour Commissioners — calls for more than 1,500 residential units with retail and other amenities as part of nine development packages of land that total 5.4 hectares.

Now staff has come up with a suggested process to find a private developer to turn the vision outlined in its Setting Sail (the city's West Harbour development plan) and Pier 7 and 8 Urban Design Study into reality with the city hoping to put together a development deal by early 2018.

"Essentially, we are looking for a quality developer who is going to follow the objectives that we have highlighted," says Coun. Chad Collins. "We are not looking for a speculator or someone who has not gone through this before.

"We want someone with expertise in medium and large developments with a track record of success with those developments."

City staff on Tuesday will outline to members of the West Harbour Development subcommittee a three-stage solicitation process that will first identify qualified applicants, then call for proposals, followed by negotiations with the chosen developer.

Chris Phillips, project lead for the city, said consideration was given to leasing the land to a developer, but "at this stage we're really talking about selling the development blocks while the city maintains the streets, sidewalks, public space, parks and the water edge.

Phillips said the city has received inquiries from numerous developers from the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area as well as across Canada and even internationally.

The solicitation plan, in its current form or modified, will go to council for approval later this year.

A consultant's report from Deloitte — that will also be distributed at Tuesday's meeting — says condominiums are hot properties these days, but commercial and office development in the West Harbour could be challenging.

"Hamilton's condominium market is currently seeing a renaissance as high-quality projects are built in an effort to revitalize the downtown core. The arrival of the GO train (station on James Street North) has prompted numerous transit-oriented developments targeted at millennials and young families, who fully embrace the live, work, play mantra. An emerging market such as Hamilton should expect continued demand for condominiums which bodes well for premiere sites within the West Harbour."

But the report says there is "limited interest in retail and office development" and that "retail will not likely be viable in the short or medium term until the residential neighbourhoods are built out and proven. Furthermore, the development of a significant office project is not feasible given demand."
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New Boat Storage Facility for Harbour West Marina

HAMILTON, ON – Harbour West Marina (HWM), operated by Hamilton Port Authority (HPA) is celebrating the opening of a new boat storage facility on Pier 15. Marina customers and special guests gathered on December 8 for a first look inside the new 60,000 sq.ft / $10 million facility.

As part of an agreement with the City of Hamilton in 2014, HWM/HPA agreed to move its winter boat storage from the West Harbour, to make way for the City’s extensive new West Harbour redevelopment.

In turn, to meet the needs of an expanding customer base, Harbour West Marina has built a brand new facility for winter boat storage on Pier 15.

The new building provides 40,000 sq.ft of premium indoor heated storage for recreational boats, which represents a unique offering among marinas in the region. “This new facility allows us to offer more value and service to our customers,” said Marina Manager Kelly Flood. “The market is responding very positively. We are already sold out of indoor storage for this winter season.”

Harbour West Marina strives to be an active partner with the City of Hamilton in promoting tourism at Hamilton’s waterfront. Better services for the boating community in Hamilton and beyond means more people choosing to visit Hamilton by water, using the marina as the jump-off point to visit local restaurants and attractions.

The new building on Pier 15 is also the new home for the port’s maintenance shop, where HPA’s in-house maintenance team of 13 works to keep the ‘little city’ on Hamilton’s waterfront operating efficiently.
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West Harbour: $143-million plan for a Pier 8 to Bayfront makeover
A $143-million plan for a Pier 8 to Bayfront Park makeover

Hamilton Spectator
By Matthew Van Dongen
http://www.thespec.com/news-story/71...ront-makeover/

Work on the city's $143-million, long-term makeover of the west harbour is heating up this year — both in public view and behind the scenes.

An old boat storage barn on Pier 8 was demolished last week as a prelude to the most ambitious part of the west waterfront vision: a housing redevelopment meant to lure thousands of new residents to the water's edge over the next decade.

That contentious Pier 8 proposal tends to dominate public discussion, but the waterfront revamp stretches all the way west to Bayfront Park.

The most immediate changes residents can eyeball west of Pier 8 will be in the main marina, where the city has been pulling out old boat slips this winter. The replacement docks are piled on the shore now, awaiting installation this spring.

Other waterfront changes — and decisions — are looming.

What's the plan for bacteria-plagued Bayfront Beach, which the medical officer of health ordered closed last year over never-ending health concerns?

What happens to MacDonald Marine, a boat repair business and marina that has operated out of Macassa Bay for 40-plus years? Or the police marine unit building, which the city envisions as a future artisan market?

The west harbour makeover — endorsed by council seven years ago — doesn't include MacDonald Marine, which operates out of Macassa Bay on a long-term lease and ends in mid-2018.

Instead, a west harbour concept map has pencilled in a relocated police marine unit in place of the business, along with shoreline naturalization. And even a possible "heritage interpretive feature," meant to recognize hillside "crypt tunnels" thought to have been used by infamous local bootlegger Rocco Perri.

Marina owner Sandy MacDonald didn't respond to recent requests for an update on his lease. But last fall he told The Spectator he was still hoping the city would extend it.

"I've been here for more than 40 years, but (the site) has been a marina for 200 years," said the son of the late former mayor Jack MacDonald. "I don't understand — out of all the facilities in the west harbour, there has only been one with any discussion about terminating the tenant."

Chris Phillips, the city's waterfront redevelopment point person, said he couldn't talk about any lease negotiations.

"What I can say is the lease expires in 2018 and at that time the expectation is the city will move on with its (waterfront) plan," he said.

Lease renegotiations are also underway with other longtime waterfront tenants, including Leander Boat Club, the Royal Hamilton Yacht Club and the Macassa Bay Yacht Club. All are expected to stay, Phillips said.

The long-term vision for Pier 6, where the 2,000-square-foot, nearly 70-year-old police marine building currently sits, is an "artisan market" that would be backed by eventual low-scale retail and upper-level residential along the street.

But ambitious plans for stores and markets and — on neighbouring Pier 7, maybe even pubs and a hotel — all depend on more built-in residents for customers.

"All of these things require a certain level of demand," Phillips said. "Our first job is to create that demand."

Hamilton police, meanwhile, have acknowledged the eventual relocation in long-term capital planning with a $4-million proposed budget bookmark. A recent police report describes the current location as "optimum," but also acknowledges the importance of the city's waterfront vision.

The marina and city council were once at loggerheads regularly in the 1990s over access to the waterfront trail through the marina, but there has been no conflict of late.

MacDonald said last fall he doesn't know if a new council will look differently on the future potential of his business, but added he has not searched out a "plan B" site.

"I don't anticipate the need," he said.

At the western end of the harbour plan, beloved Bayfront Park could also come out of the waterfront plan looking radically different.

Early ambitious plans for the park included a "bistro" at the small public boat ramp, washrooms and concessions stands closer to the beach, as well as a rental facility for kayaks and canoes.

There is no money approved for any of those plans, however — and the uncertainty about the fate of the beach itself leaves a lot of unanswered questions.
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And what of those Stuart St lots? They seem destined to be in limbo for an eternity. Complicated...
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