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The Gore Master Plan

Project Summary

An initiative of Hamilton's city-wide Transportation Master Plan is the recent Transit Terminal Study which will result in a new Multi-modal transit facility downtown. HSR buses that currently stop along the south leg of King Street East will be relocated to the new facility.

Removal of buses from the South leg of King Street East is a notable change in function that provides the opportunity to blend this portion of roadway with the existing pedestrian zones in that area, such as Gore Park and the existing store-front sidewalks. An improved pedestrian environment aligns with the City's Downtown Secondary Plan, Putting People First.

In recognition of the mutual influence between the south leg of King Street East and Gore Park, the Public Works Department has undertaken The Gore Master Plan Project. The Gore Master Plan Project has undertaken a comprehensive review and assessment of the Study Area, and it's connections, to subsequently propose a revised physical form that responds to the identity and needs of the site. Changes to the form of the space may be quite minor, and may be focused on the south leg of King Street East.

Assessment of the form, function, and essence of the Study Area and any resulting recommendations will pay special attention to the uniqueness of this site. The process and outcome will respect its extraordinary physical identity, and its presence in the collective psyche of Hamilton's people. Although the special character of the Gore is somewhat elusive, it is recognized as significant and borne of over 150 years of attendance as a physical and psychological anchor in Hamilton.


Project Status

March 7, 2013
In November of 2012 Hamilton City Council approved the continuation of The Gore Pedestrianization Project, which began in July 2012 and includes the temporary closure of King Street (south side) from James Street to Hughson Street, until commencement of construction activities associated with the implementation of the Gore Pedestrianization Initiative (Gore Master Plan).

This continuation of the Gore Pedestrianization Project includes large planters at Hughson Street and James Street to prevent private vehicles from entering the pedestrianized space. The raised cross walk that was installed in 2012 remains to facilitate a barrier-free pedestrian connection between the park space and the storefront sidewalk. Also to be maintained are the low planting areas along the south edge of the park between James Street and Hughson Street.

Businesses in the area remain open. The Gore Pedestrianization Project creates a pedestrian-focused space between James and Hughson Streets, where emergency and delivery vehicles are still able to gain access.

The Gore Pedestrianization Project will coordinate with the Downtown Hamilton BIA’s Gore Park Summer Promenade program which includes artisan and food vendors as well as local entertainment. The temporary road closure will continue until such time as the commencement of construction activities associated with implementation of the overall Gore Pedestrianization Initiative. A construction start date is yet to be determined. Public Works is currently working on construction drawings and documentation to facilitate the anticipated tendering of construction works.

The Gore Pedestrianization Project, temporary road closure is one component of the comprehensive master plan for the Gore area, referred to as the Gore Pedestrianization Initiative. The relocation of City buses from the south leg of King Street east to the new MacNab Transit Terminal was also a key element of the plan. These initiatives were recommended as part of the Downtown Transportation Master Plan Review (2008)

May 16, 2012
On Tuesday, May 22, Hamilton’s Public Works Department will begin work on the south leg of King Street East between James and Hughson Streets. The work is part of a pilot project to create a temporary pedestrian-only space for one block on King Street East adjacent to Gore Park.

Large planter boxes will be placed at Hughson and James to prevent motorists from entering the pedestrianized space. A raised crosswalk will be constructed centre-block to facilitate a barrier-free pedestrian connection between the park space and the storefront sidewalk. A special street paint product will also be applied to the road surface to mimic future pavement.

All businesses will remain open during construction. Pedestrian access along the south sidewalk of King Street East will be maintained, however the road will be closed during construction.

The work is expected to be completed by early July, at which time the Downtown BIA’s annual Gore Park Summer Promenade will animate Gore Park with artisan and food vendors as well as local entertainment. The temporary road closure will continue until late summer.

The pilot project is one preliminary part of a comprehensive master plan for the Gore area. The relocation of City buses from the south leg of King Street east to the new MacNab Transit Terminal was also a key component of the Master Plan. These initiatives were recommended as part of the Downtown Transportation Master Plan Review (2008).

The purpose of the pilot project is to evaluate the success, acceptance, and function of pedestrianizing the area before implementing a permanent closure in the future.

January 19, 2012
The preferred conceptual plan for the Gore area was presented to Public Works Committee on Jan 18/10. Included in the presentation was information on the public consultation process we undertook to reach the preferred plan. The presentation was well received and we are moving forward with the Pedestrianization Pilot Project and development of the preferred plan.

For both of these stages of the project, continued stakeholder consultation is integral. Sixteen members of our Public Stakeholder Group, plus one addition, have indicated an interest in continuing their involvement in the project through design development. The remaining fifteen have been moved to the project's "Distribution Only" list, so that they may stay informed without attending meetings. Staff will soon be in touch with the individuals who expressed an interest is being involved.

The Pedestrianization Pilot Project will be a joint effort among the City's Landscape Architectural Services, Culture, and Transportation Planning Sections. The Pilot staff team will be setting up a stakeholder group to assist with various aspects of the project. Timing of the Pilot is not yet specifically determined, but will take place some time after the buses have been relocated to the new terminal on MacNab. It may be best to run the Pilot during the warmer months, so it will likely begin in 2011. The purpose of the Pilot is to gage the success and acceptance of restricting vehicle access to the south leg of King Street East, and promoting it was a pedestrian space.

The Gore Master Plan is currently in Phase 5, which is design development. We will take information learned during the Pilot to finalize plans for development of the preferred plan. Implementation will be coordinated with the Rapid Transit project. Timing for which is yet to be determined.


Documents

Project References and Images Detailed Design Submission 2 Detailed Design Submission 1 Functional Plan Report and Drawings Preferred Conceptual Plan

Public Consultation

Veteran's Place Focus Group
Materials from March, 5, 2014: Public Stakeholder Meetings
Materials from meeting 8 - February 6, 2014 meeting number 8: Materials from November 14, 2013 meeting number 7:Materials from March 5, 2012 meeting number 6:Materials from September 23, 2009 meeting number 5:Materials from June 25, 2009 meeting number 4:Materials from April 2, 2009 meeting number 3:Materials from March 4, 2009 optional site walk-about meeting:Materials from December 9, 2008, meeting number 2:Materials from October 29, 2008, meeting number 1:Staff Stakeholder Meetings
Materials from February 6, 2014 meeting number 6:Materials from November 14, 2013 meeting number 5:Materials from February 9, 2012 meeting number 4:Materials from September 28, 2009, meeting number 3:Materials from July 24, 2008 meeting number 1:Veteran's Committee
Materials from OCTOBER 8, 2013:Built Environment Sub-Committee
Materials from March 19, 2012:Materials from March 26, 2010:Materials presented March 8, 2010:Public Works Committee
Materials from January 18, 2010:Public Information Centres
Materials from September 9, 2009 public information centre number 1:Downtown and International Village Business Improvement Areas
Materials from April 23, 2009:Materials from November 18, 2008:Comments
Public Comments Received

There is an opportunity at any time during this process to provide comments by sending an email to: GoreMasterPlan@hamilton.ca


Contact
Le'Ann Whitehouse Seely, OALA, CSLA, CLARB Certified
Supervisor
Phone: 905-546-2424 extension 2289
leAnn.seely@hamilton.ca