Flam­boro Downs wants ideas for prop­erty

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - NI­COLE O’REILLY nor­eilly@thes­pec.com 905-526-3199 | @Ni­coleatTheSpec

There are about 50 acres of sur­plus land on the prop­erty at Flam­boro Downs, and the owner, Great Cana­dian Gam­ing Cor­po­ra­tion, is look­ing for pub­lic feed­back about what to do with it.

The sur­plus land at the horse racing and slots fa­cil­ity on High­way 5 is split into two parcels and could be used for any­thing from an out­door am­phithe­atre to trails, sports fields or com­mu­nity gar­dens.

The land de­vel­op­ment is in­tended to be “rev­enue neu­tral,” and a way to give back to the com­mu­nity, said Bruce Bar­bour, ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of racing op­er­a­tions for Great Cana­dian. Right now, the land is farmed. The City of Hamil­ton voted sev­eral years ago for Flam­boro Downs to be the pre­ferred site for gam­ing in the area.

In Oc­to­ber, the Ontario Lot­tery and Gam­ing Cor­po­ra­tion is­sued a re­quest for pro­pos­als to an uniden­ti­fied list of “pre-qual­i­fied pro­po­nents” who bid to run gam­ing sites in Hamil­ton, Brant­ford, Elora and Camp­bel­lville.

Bar­bour said Great Cana­dian is bound by a nondis­clo­sure agree­ment and can­not com­ment on whether it is in­volved in the re­quest-for-pro­pos­als process.

How­ever, whether gam­ing grows or changes at Flam­boro Downs de­pends on that de­ci­sion. And the abil­ity to main­tain what­ever is built on the sur­plus lands is de­pen­dent on gam­ing stay­ing at Flam­boro Downs, Bar­bour said.

Ward 15 Coun. Judi Partridge said she’s “very ex­cited for the op­por­tu­nity for res­i­dents to cre­ate their own vi­sion for an­other recre­ational jewel.”

The avail­able land is a “great out­door recre­ational op­por­tu­nity,” Partridge said. Pos­si­bil­i­ties in­clude ev­ery­thing from trails, to play­grounds, splash pads, skat­ing rinks and camp­ing.

A pub­lic sur­vey at flam­borodowns.com/sur­vey will be avail­able un­til June 9, fol­lowed by an­tic­i­pated com­mu­nity meet­ings.

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