City to take over 249 Hess St. N.
Hamilton is the new owner of an infamously polluted North End property. Council voted Wednesday to legally take over 249 Hess St. N. as a result of unpaid tax arrears and an unsuccessful tax sale attempt. Hundreds of barrels of old industrial waste have been stored on the property for years, prompting unsuccessful provincial and court cleanup orders against the owner. As recently as last year, owner Dave Maden told The Spectator he couldn’t afford to clean up the property and argued the barrels contained nothing dangerous. The city has hired a contractor to safely dispose of the waste and hopes to recoup the cleanup costs and more than $240,000 in unpaid taxes and fines via a future sale of the land. The property borders existing city-owned land in the Barton-Tiffany neighbourhood that council hopes to sell for commercial and residential redevelopment.