Guest Contributor: Hamilton Council Member Michael Ryan
This past week, City Council approved the development agreement to build upscale apartments in the 300 block of Main Street. While this is extremely exciting news for our Main Street Business District, the development concerns some residents because it may require to demolish 310 Main Street.
But sometimes, we are unable to renovate our old structures. Sometimes, our past cannot be saved or be rebuilt. Sometimes, the deterioration of the structures is so extensive that it is cost-prohibitive to even attempt it . Unfortunately, this may be the reality for 310 Main Street, a property that has been for sale for over four years and remains unsold. Why? Because potential buyers find that the condition of the structure is so poor, the cost to renovate it for modern use is too costly for them. Still, City Council will study all options to preserve this property in the development of this area of Main Street.
The new apartments are vital to the continued revitalization of Main Street and of Hamilton overall. The increased foot traffic will help support our small businesses and encourage additional businesses who then support the city. Development of this corridor will add to the feeling of neighborhood and safety, and give our residents needed and unique shopping opportunities. If you haven’t visited Main Street merchants lately, please do. You will be pleasantly surprised.
We want to preserve as many of our old Hamilton properties as we can. We also want to support our current businesses and plan for future businesses to come to Main Street. Both are critical to our city.
Please know our City Council will consider the pros and cons of both sides and will make a decision that will benefit our city and our residents the most.