There’s a great deal of excitement around a proposal to lease Auchmar Estate.
A charitable public trust with links to the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry would like to restore and operate the mountain heritage site, with plans that include a museum, convention centre and restored public garden.
Representatives add that it will always remain open to the public.
The RHLI affiliated trust plans to fundraise and seek government grants to generate the estimated 8 million dollars in repairs that are needed to completely reopen Auchmar.
The proposal has been well received. Ward 6 Councillor Tom Jackson says he’s “mesmerized” and Mayor Fred Eisenberger “spellbound” by the opportunity.
Ward 8 Councillor Terry Whitehead adds that after 14 years of uncertainty, he’d like to “lock it and narrow it down”.
A motion approved by the General Issues Committee following the presentation ensures that Auchmar will stay in public hands.
Staff will spend the coming months investigating leasing opportunities, including, but not specific to the RHLI.