Hamilton City Hall
is located in downtown Hamilton, Ontario
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. It is an 8-storey building (34.0 m), located at the corner of Main Street West
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and Bay Street South
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, across the street from the Ronald V. Joyce
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Centre for the Performing Arts (Hamilton Place Theatre) and the Hamilton Art Gallery. It was officially opened on November 21, 1960. This International style of architecture was designed by architect Stanley Roscoe. Construction was carried out by the Pigott Construction Company, at a cost of 9.4 million dollars.
The municipal address of the building is 71 Main Street West. The street number was chosen carefully. Several buildings had been torn down to make way for the new City Hall, so city politicians of the day could choose any odd number between 55 and 105 as the address for the new building. They chose 71 to commemorate the number of years that the old City Hall on James Street North
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had been in use.
Prior to making the decision to construct the new City Hall, council had considered annexing the Lister Block
for offices and connecting it to the old City hall via an overhead, enclosed walkway spanning James Street North.
In 2005, Hamilton City Council designated the building as a heritage structure. Among the listed heritage elements on the exterior are the Italian glass tile mosaics.
In May 2007, Hamilton City Council directed staff to proceed with the renovation of the building, and the launch phase of the project began in June 2008. Costs, designs and delivery of the project were approved by Council in October 2008, allowing pre-construction and initial renovation work to begin later that year. The project is expected to be complete by July 1, 2010. City Hall services began moving back to Hamilton City Hall in April, 2010.
City Hall Directory (as of Mid-June, 2010)
- 8th Floor - Meeting Rooms
- 7th Floor - Planning & Economic Development Department - General Manager's Office, Economic Development, Real Estate, Downtown and Community Renewal
- 6th Floor - Planning & Economic Development Department - Community Planning, Heritage & Urban Design, Industrial Parks and Airport Development, Infrastructure Planning
- 5th Floor - Planning & Economic Development Department - Committee of Adjustment, Construction & Engineering / Legislative Approvals, Development Planning, Development Engineering
- 4th Floor - Planning & Economic Development Department - Policy Planning, Strategic Services/Special Projects, Sustainability and Air Quality
- 3rd Floor - Planning & Economic Development Department - Building Permits & Inspections, Zoning Certifications & Property Inquiries
- 2nd Floor - Mayor's Office, Councillors' Offices, City Manager's Office, Customer Service/Access & Equity Division office, Council Chambers, Committee Room 264
- 1st Floor - "Citizen Service Centre", General Manager's Office (Finance and Corporate Services), Taxation, Treasury Services, Office of the City Clerk, Small Business Enterprise Centre, Business Licencing & Facilitation, Cafeteria, Meeting Rooms 192/193
Detailed Directory - http://www.hamilton.ca/NR/rdonlyres/30A2B0C1-91F6-45FB-93F1-A85E44A9DFF6/0/DetailedMoveSchedule.pdf