Public’s input sought on future of vacant Court Street property
The City of Hamilton will launch a public survey to determine what to do with a newly purchased lot of land.
Hamilton Mayor Charles Gosling announced yesterday that the City had bought property at the north west corner of Court and Dundonald Streets.
He said: “I believe this property has great potential for this area. There have been a number of suggestions made about what we could do with this piece of undeveloped land.”
The mayor said the idea was first mooted three years ago during a post-election walkabout. Former City councillor Carvel VanPutten suggested the property would be a great site for a street art market to support young, talented Bermudians.
“At that time Government had made a commitment to purchase the property and while there were brief discussions on our taking over this commitment, nothing came of it,” Mr Gosling stated.
The property was recently put back on the market and a deal was sealed with Butterfield Bank.
Said Mr Gosling: “I think the community should be involved with the decision-making process. This is a prime piece of property that should be used to give something back to and serve the community.
“Bermuda needs a central Bermudian art and craft market where people can walk about freely. It is my hope that this will help lift the stigma attached to the area which has affected business in the back of town area.
“It took a long time to lift the stigma attached to the ‘back of town’ label alone; we turned it into the North Hamilton area. Now it’s time to include it in the full scheme of things especially when it comes to cultural tourism and business in Bermuda in general.”
The corporation now plans to launch a brief survey asking for public input on how people would like to see the space used.
The survey can be found at cityofhamilton.bm, or comments can be e-mailed to email@example.com.
Mr Gosling added: “We believe having an attractive and welcoming space, whatever it will be, will attract locals and tourists to the Court Street area, especially those who may not know of the retail, eating establishments, fashion and hair salon gems surrounding the land.”
Details on who put the property up for sale, or how much the City paid for it were not disclosed. A spokeswoman told
The Royal Gazette that information will not be released.