The Kenilworth Team
Goal “D” Action Team is open to any new members who live and work in the Crown Point neighbourhood, which would include residents, business owner / operators and individuals that work in the neighbourhood. We are also open to anyone outside of the neighbourhood, either from adjacent neighbourhoods or from anywhere in the Greater City of Hamilton. We also welcome any level of participation from our community partners, which would include charitable organizations, City Departments and our neighbourhood’s City Councillors. Our community partners have been integral to our work. Our work, as the work of the Planning Team, is resident led and resident focused. From residents and business owner / operators, we welcome any assistance in the leadership of the Team and invite anyone to help facilitate as Co-Team Lead. To become involved or for any questions please email email@example.com.
Background & Purpose
Background information on the work of the neighbourhoods can be found on the City’s Neighbourhood Action Strategy web page: http://www.hamilton.ca/city-initiatives/strategies-actions/neighbourhood-action-strategy
The page also has links to information on the work of the Crown Point Community Planning Team: http://www.hamilton.ca/city-initiatives/strategies-actions/crown-point-neighbourhood-action-plan
On that page there is another link to a PDF document of the Crown Point Neighbourhood Action Work Plan 2013-2017: http://d3fpllf1m7bbt3.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/media/browser/2015-03-09/crownpoint_nap.pdf
On pages 36 through to page 39 there are Action items outlined under Goal D, which is dedicated to the idea of having a “vibrant local economy with many small family run businesses”. Currently, the Action Team has chosen to focus on assisting the City with the revitalization of Kenilworth Avenue North and, accordingly, we have also chosen to be known as the Kenilworth Team.
In that work, the Kenilworth Team has participated in the Barton Street – Kenilworth Avenue Commercial Corridor Study. More detailed information on this study can be found at the City on the following link: https://www.hamilton.ca/city-planning/planning-community/barton-street-kenilworth-avenue-commercial-corridor-study
On this link, a Background Report can be found in a PDF document: http://d3fpllf1m7bbt3.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/media/browser/2015-06-15/barton-kenilworth-corridor-study-background-report.pdf
Also on this link, a PDF of the Final Recommendations Report can be found: http://d3fpllf1m7bbt3.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/media/browser/2015-06-15/barton-kenilworth-corridor-study-recommendation-report.pdf
In the revitalization efforts, the Team has been engaging with other local residents & business owner / operators to ensure that the changes that occur in our – their neighbourhood will be of benefit to us all. In the efforts to collaborate with adjacent neighbourhoods, we also wish to ensure that the changes will be of benefit across the neighbourhoods. As well, in our efforts to work closely with the City, we wish to ensure that the changes are a benefit to the greater City of Hamilton.
Overall, the process of having a resident led action team from the neighbourhoods engaging with other local residents & business owner / operators in the neighbourhoods is meant to yield better outcomes in the revitalization efforts. In outcomes, they are meant to most benefit the local neighbourhoods that are most affected by the decisions in the decision-making process. Following from this Background & Purpose, the Team has adopted a vision that promotes “revitalization with stewardship and inclusivity”.
As part of Barton Street – Kenilworth Avenue Commercial Corridor Study, the Kenilworth Team has also submitted a document that outlines our Mission and recommendations for initiatives to aid in the revitalization of the street.
Community Based Living & Community Based Businesses:
- Fostering local businesses by: (1) encouraging local patronage and loyalty so that small & medium sized businesses can survive & thrive in our neighbourhoods; and (2) by encouraging new businesses to the streets through pop-up shops & incentivizing small businesses
• Fostering equitable access to employment and housing so that people living on the margins can be included in our society and have the opportunity to play a vital role in our – their community, within the social fabric
- To encourage a vibrant community where property values are stable for small storefront businesses to take hold and thrive and for low income renters to have access to well managed and well maintained rental units with stable rental rates by incentivizing owner/operators (who purchase a building and want to operate a business/live in it).
• To discourage absentee landlords from heavily investing in the area on speculations, which creates a false economy in property value that adversely affects both small store front businesses and low income renters. More specifically, by raising the cost of buying for those who would own/operate a business and help to build up the commercial community, the speculators are delaying the revitalization of the area without contributing value.
• To maintain and preserve existing structures and to avoid their demolition wherever possible
• To promote a thriving commercial area by maintaining commercial zoning in designated areas on both Barton and Kenilworth for small storefront businesses (specific to Kenilworth, maintaining commercial zoning from Barton to Cannon, and to allow for first floor resident occupancy by maintaining both residential occupancy and commercial zoning south of Cannon).
Community Health & Safe Streets:
- Fostering a safe, clean, and green public realm
• Fostering a compassionate approach to any relocation of illegal first floor residential tenants by advocating for affordable, well managed, and well maintained alternative housing
Specific Recommended Initiatives
- Street Calming Speed Control – reduce speeds for safety and to allow for opportunities to ‘shop at a glance’ – reduce to 30 km in residential and TBD on Barton & Kenilworth
2. Street Traffic Planning – aid traffic flow for safety and to decrease driver frustration by having advance green lights for turning on the main intersections of Barton and the main intersections of Kenilworth. Eliminate the “No Left turns” on Kenilworth.
Economic Development / Incentive to Promote Owner Operator Businesses:
- Parking meters – Address paid parking to incentivize shopping and not penalize those who choose the commercial corridors over larger box stores and malls
2. Continue the current City program to financially assist with building facade beautification
3. Develop employment strategies
- Property Standards – discourage unkempt vacant properties by Absentee Landlords through active enforcement of property standards under the current municipal Bylaws
- Street Beautification:
a. Limit use of fencing that directly fronts Kenilworth and Barton
b. Add green spaces and sitting areas along the streets to enhance the walkability of the neighbourhood
c. Incorporate the pipeline trail entering onto Roxborough through to Kenilworth and crossing Kenilworth to a small park with hard landscaping features (similar to the small park with the stone tables, chairs, and statue on Ottawa Street) in the existing parking lot between Tim’s and the adjacent Convenience store.
d. Add a pedestrian crossing light to the intersection of Kenilworth and Roxborough
e. Bring focus and ease of access to the rail trail using artistic landscaping features as markers/descriptors indicating the trails access from Kenilworth.