City bul­ly­ing theatre owner

RE: Fight to save a sa­cred space (Jan. 19)

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

The city of Hamilton and, in par­tic­u­lar, Coun. Ai­dan John­son are bul­ly­ing the West­dale theatre owner who is es­sen­tially pow­er­less against a her­itage des­ig­na­tion if ap­proved. The value of the prop­erty will drop sig­nif­i­cantly if a new owner can’t use the build­ing for its best use, which is NOT a one-room theatre. No buyer would buy the theatre at its cur­rent mar­ket value with that threat hang­ing over the build­ing.

If the city is so con­cerned with keep­ing a theatre which the pub­lic doesn’t sup­port in num­bers that can make the theatre vi­able, then the city should be forced to ex­pro­pri­ate the theatre at mar­ket value and then they can run the theatre. Seems like peo­ple come out of the wood­work when these things hap­pen but where have you been the last decade? Ap­par­ently not buy­ing tick­ets. My ad­vice to city coun­cil is to put your money where your mouth is, or get out of the way. Todd Leg­gat, Hamilton

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