A mountain councillor is pitching a creative reuse of one of Hamilton’s vacant school sites.
City Councillors have approved Donna Skelly’s motion which directs staff to investigate the feasibility of a fashion incubator at the former Eastmount Park Elementary School.
The Ward 7 councillor sees it as a home for Hamilton’s fashion industry, adding that her intention is to have the private sector partner with the city to offset the operating costs and ensure they don’t end on the backs of taxpayers.
Skelly adds that a fashion incubator would create space and opportunities for local talent, including seamstresses, designers, pattern-makers, photographers and others to “congregate in one particular space, feed off each other and hopefully grow their own business”.
Skelly is also optimistic that a model can be created that would work in other vacant schools and public buildings across the city.
Eastmount Park was closed in June 2015 because of declining enrollment. The city finalized its purchase earlier this year.
Ward 7 Councillor Donna Skelly discusses her vision for a fashion incubator.