City Motor Hotel sign could get new life as part of Hamilton housing development – Hamilton

The wheels are in motion to restore a piece of East Hamilton nostalgia.

The city’s public works committee approved a motion, presented by Ward 4 Coun. Sam Merulla, to incorporate the former City Motor Hotel brand into an affordable housing development on the currently vacant site.

Merulla’s motion sets aside up to $150,000 in Ward 4 discretionary funds to assess how the sign can be incorporated into the CityHousing Hamilton project.

After the City Motor Hotel was built in the late 1960s near Queenston Roundabout, Merulla notes that it was a “luxurious establishment”.

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“There were weddings, weekends,” Merulla said. “Advice. Farr and I and those who were born in Hamilton will remember all of that.

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District 2 Com. Jason Farr agrees, noting that “the TiCats would basically live there season after season, some of the best players in CFL history, from high school graduations and even movie sets.”

As people moved out of the city center in recent years, Merulla notes that the City Motor Hotel declined, eventually becoming “an extreme blight on our community” before being demolished in 2013.

The first phase of the property’s $21.6 million redevelopment calls for the construction of 40 rent-geared-to-income units in a six-story building, which will be completed by summer 2023.

The sign is currently stored in a municipal yard on Burlington Street East.

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