City to take over 249 Hess St. N.

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL -

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.

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