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This is a major deal in Hamilton. The City is getting a private consortium to renovate and take over the aging FirstOntario Centre (Copps Coliseum), as well as more minor renovations at the Hamilton Convention Centre, art gallery, and Concert Hall, in exchange for three development sites the city owns surrounding the arena.

Hamilton Urban Precinct Entertainment Group L.P. is a consortium of a couple of developers including LiUNA, Fengate, Paletta, Carmens Group (a large convention / events operator in Hamilton), and a few others. They are aiming to create a new entertainment district surrounding the arena on the parcels they have, and are also actively discussing relocating the Salvation Army facility directly across York St from the arena.

Expect more on this one and the other redevelopment sites in the future. The developer is well heeled and has several reputable names, so I have high hopes for this one.

The renovations will include retractable sheathing to hide the upper bowl as most events in the arena don't use it right now (it was designed for an NHL team that never arrived).

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