City politicians have spent several hours debating the future of a neighbourhood which lies between the downtown and the 403.
The Strathcona Neighbourhood Plan recommends the widening of sidewalks, more bike lanes and building height restrictions of 10 storeys in the community which is bounded by the 403, York Boulevard, Queen Street and Main Street West.
Strathcona residents also want historic properties protected and say the plan is all about ensuring a “liveable” neighbourhood.
A suggestion that one lane of traffic be removed along Main Street to allow for wider sidewalks has stirred up vocal opposition from Ancaster Councillor Lloyd Ferguson.
Ferguson fears that adding congestion to such roads will take away “probably our single biggest competitive advantage” in attracting employers to Hamilton, at a time when we’re trying to address the downtown office vacancy rate.