The families of two men murdered outside of a downtown nightclub are calling on city councillors to “build a safer Hamilton”.
They are urging the city to prioritize a decade-old proposal that would turn the lands bounded by John and Rebecca and Catharine and King William into a downtown park.
Building the park would require the city’s purchase of Club 77, outside of which Vince LoFaro was gunned down this summer and Ryan Milner was murdered in 2006.
Beasley Neighbourhood spokesman Dale Mugford has told the city’s general issues committee that either the violence or the park project are going to continue, adding “which one is up to you”.
He’s also appealed to politicians to finish what you started, build a safer Hamilton and hopefully we’ll “not have to stand here again, possibly with another family joining us”.
Ward 2 Councillor Jason Farr calls the club’s response to the LoFaro murder “disappointing”, citing it’s decision to reopen the next night as “flabbergasting”. He vows to work to make the John Rebecca Park a reality.
Director of Licencing Ken Leendertsee, under questioning from councillors, insists they don’t have the needed evidence to take Club 77 before a tribunal to pull its licence.