Hamilton expresses concern over development designs

Conceptual designs that would see a new building replacing the Kinsmen Centre has Jim Hamilton, owner of Hamilton’s IGA concerned.

Conceptual designs that would see a new recreation building replacing the Kinsmen Community Centre has Jim Hamilton, owner of Hamilton’s IGA concerned.

He took two minutes Monday, Sept. 21 during the public forum portion of town council’s regular meeting to express his displeasure with the plans that do not take into consideration that he has first right of refusal on the Kinsmen building for parking considerations.

With the conceptual plans, Hamilton also said they could hurt future expansion. “In the last 14 days, I have started, and came up with an agreement with a group which will require expansion of my shopping centre to meet their needs.”

Hamilton referred to several agreements the town has with him over the property and suggested the consultant hired to formulate the plans should have spoken with him first.

Mayor Rick Bonnett said the plans were only conceptual ideas and the town would do its due diligence if the plans started in earnest.

He added this is only the first stage of a process that could take years.