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« on: April 10, 2006, 03:57:06 pm »

Architect claims innovative options not fully explored
By Nicole Macintyre
The Hamilton Spectator
(Mar 14, 2006)
"Lister's owner, the Labourer's International Union of North America, wants to demolish and replicate the building
after their studies showed its structure and facade are in poor shape......"
"LIUNA is committed to restoring the Lister Block to its original glory on the outside with a modern interior, he said.
But a local architectural conservancy has launched back with its own expert, who argues Lister's structural frame is
suitable for restoration."

This debate has been going on for years, the pros and cons, like a seesaw blown about in the wind.
The reality is a decision must be made. Perhaps the optimal unanswered question is not addressed.
How much of Hamilton tax dollars are going to be invested. Including the amount of tax dollars have
been lost over the years. Considering the fact that the City is in financially turmoil the real issue that
needs to be addressed at this time, regardless of choice of direction. Is, what will the costs to taxpayers.
This article debates the esthetics of the issue but fails to inform the public, if the City is
intending to partner in this situation. To those who argue that "the Listerís structural frame
is suitable for restoration, the question that flows is whether  restoration implies a temporary fix
and whether this will be an never ending re-occurrence? Moreover, we all know that most likely
that during this process it will be additional issues that were overlooked. In reality what is need
is that City Hall provide information with regards to costs...if any, to the taxpayers.
What do you think ?

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