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The recommendation is one of 10 in a report from architectural consultant Rossetti for Hamilton’s Pan Am precinct subcommittee, which is looking for ways to revamp the neighbourhood around a soon-to-be-new stadium.
Other major suggestions include a seniors’ centre, more green space and the conversion of closing neighbourhood schools into new recreational facilities.
Closing Cannon Street, a major east-west artery, in front of the stadium would connect city recreational land and “dramatically improve? pedestrian access, said the report. It would also spur a lively debate, admitted ward Councillor Bernie Morelli.
“I’ve pitched that idea myself, but obviously we’d have to consider more than just neighbourhood feedback on that decision,? said Morelli, who cochairs the subcommittee. “At a minimum, I think we should look at game-day closures.?
Robert Hoage would happily give up his car access to Cannon Street for a “spruced up? neighbourhood. “Go ahead, close it. That could really shape up the place,? said Hoage, who has lived near the corner of Cannon and Balsam Avenue North for eight years.