Eastmount School Fashion Incubator Motion Carried at General Issues Committee
Hamilton City Councillors have voted to direct staff to investigate the feasibility of a fashion incubator at the Eastmount Park Elementary School site.
The motion was moved by Ward 7 Councillor Donna Skelly during Wednesday’s General Issues Committee meeting. “I am looking to create a home for Hamilton’s fashion industry on the mountain, without relying on tax payers” Councillor Skelly said, “My intention is to have the private sector partner with the City, to offset the operating costs of the project.” The ward 7 Councillor was pleased her motion was seconded by Councillor Merulla, who represents Ottawa Street, one of the best textile districts in the province.
“Hamilton is a creative and innovative city, with a growing fashion industry. A fashion incubator would create space and opportunities for local talent to connect, work, and build their trade,” said Councillor Skelly.
“The Concession BIA is very happy to see initiatives that are drawing eyes up to the mountain,” said Cristina Geissler, Executive Director of the Concession Street BIA. “As the oldest shopping district on Hamilton mountain, anything that promotes local talent – and gives the arts and entrepreneurs opportunities for exposure is a good thing for the economic development and growth of our city.”
Eastmount Park Elementary School was built in the 1960s, and closed in June 2015, because of declining enrollment. The 29,138 square-foot school building sits on just under 0.7 hectares of property fronting onto East 26th street, and is surrounded by Eastmount Park. The City of Hamilton acquired Eastmount Park Elementary School in August 2016 from the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board. The $1,025,000.00 sale was made possible by a contribution from the Ward 7 area rating fund.