I ran across this post over at Radio man Bill Kelly's Blog. I hope this report is made public so the rest of us can read it.
Yesterday on my show, I read segments from a City report from a few years ago that stated, after exhaustive study, the West Harbour was not a good place to build a multi-use stadium.
I also read a quote from Fred Eisneberger when he was the Chair of the Hamilton Port Authority, in which he raised doubts about a stadium in the West Harbour.
He cited lousy access, no parking and little to no positive spin off , which is exactly what the City report stated.
Which begs the question, if it was a bad idea then, what has changed to make City Council so hot to trot about the area now ?
The answer ? Nothing.
Here’s the reality that City Council doesn’t want to talk about.
Since the City has been drawing these wonderful pictures of what they think the West Harbour should look like, virtually no one in the private sector has seen fit to invest anything into that area.
The City’s story line that restaurants and shops will spring up in that area is pure fiction.
One local restaurateur was even more blunt when I asked him if he would build in the West Harbour.
Why would I open a place down there for the chance that I might have 9 or 10 busy days out of the year ? I’d go broke in no time, he told me.
‘These guys just don’t get it’, he concluded.
Welcome to Hamilton politics.