With the Locke Street Festival fast approaching, we are excited to announce that the City of Hamilton will be sponsoring the event for yet another year! This dedicated support by the City of Hamilton has helped make the Locke Street Festival one of Ontario’s longest running and most successful one-day street festivals. Come and join the fun on September 8th, 2018 as we celebrate our great city on one of Hamilton’s most historic streets.
Construction along Locke Street is going well. Union Gas has now begun its work. The attached Schedule details its construction plan for the next three months.
April and the time for spring cleaning is here. April is earth month and our Team at Starbucks are ready to spring into our ‘Global Month of Service’. We will be hosting a Locke Street clean up on April 22nd, 2018 from 11:00AM – 4:00PM, and we would love to invite you, your staff, your family and friends to join us in making an environmental impact in our community.
Will will be meeting out front of Starbucks (158 Locke Street S.) at 11:00AM, and anyone who wishes to join afterwards can; all Starbucks employees will be dressed in bright green shirts throughout the street to receive materials to help out.
Starbucks will be providing garbage bags and gloves, as well as brewed coffee to all participants.
All are welcome to participate for as long (or as little time) as they’d like. Even coming for a hour will help make an impact.
If you have any further questions please feel free to contact Sydney or Melissa at 905-521-0292.
Locke Street Upgrades 2019 Interim Report
Representatives from the City of Hamilton, Union Gas and Alectra Utilities made a presentation to the Locke Street BIA to outline the planned upgrades to Locke Street in 2019 including new sewers, sidewalks and street paving. Prior to the construction in 2019, Union Gas and Alectra will update services on Locke Street.
Water mains to be installed North to South, and those near schools scheduled for summer.
Road construction commencing in 2019 will be carried out block by block or multiple blocks at a time – South to North –
schedule will be finalized on awarding of contract.
A Project Manager will be on site during all construction and there will be a protocol for contacting the Site Manager in
the event of an issue.
The work will affect within 50 meters of the side streets. The 1.5 km of steel water mains -1.6 meters deep to be
replaced with plastic (existing 60 year old pipes difficult to maintain). During the process sidewalk and road access will
be maintained. The construction company will use pits for lining works which is less intrusive and will not cause road
Design Features Include:
- Increased pedestrian areas
- 3.4 driving lane, 2.5 parking lane, 4.3 road width maintained at intersections
- Bump outs at radius and pedestrian crossings
- No designated bike lanes but shared 4.5 lanes North of Hunter
- Parking spots to be maintained and identified via bump outs -existing 100 parking spots, proposed 109
- 5 additional benches
- 8 new trees being considered
- Bus stops will have bump outs
- Entrance feature at Stanley and Jackson
- Relocation Sohie Bike stations, addition of 1 new location to existing 3 locations
- Street art reinstalled- 60 in total, 10 to 20 m apart -impressed coloured concrete in boulevard -AODA
treatment at all the radius and crossing
New concrete poles have been installed.
The old wooden poles will come down when everyone is energized, and Bell, Cogeco and Rogers will no longer be using
Union Gas work will start once Alectra’s work is complete.
Union Gas will provide schedule-20 weeks of work to commence March 2018.
Shut offs will be on private side and gas switch over will be complete within in an hour. The required new gas piping will
be hidden by screens for aesthetic purposes.
Hamilton Police have received information regarding scheduled demonstrations on Sunday, March 25, 2018 and respect the right to freedom of expression and peaceful demonstration.
Hamilton Police will be highly visible and fluid in the area while monitoring the event in the interest of public safety and preventing offences.
We are encouraging demonstrators to be considerate towards our community and respect the laws.
There will be a zero tolerance approach to any unlawful or criminal activity.
We continue to monitor the situation.
Inspector Hamilton and Sargent Gill of the Hamilton Police Department will be attending the Kirkendall Neighbourhood Association meeting to answer any questions about police response to the Saturday Incident on Locke Street. This meeting will be held at Stanley Ave Baptist Church at 7pm on March 6th, 2018.
The Hamilton Police Department is also looking for the community’s assistance with this investigation. If you are aware of someone who has any still images or video of the suspects from Saturday night, please let the BIA know or have the people share the images or video with the Hamilton Police Department.
Locke Street was built by Hamilton and crafted by our community.
Please continue to walk Locke.
City Staff will be coming to the Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 to share the planned upgrades scheduled for Locke Street.
There will be a Q and A session if you have questions.
The meeting is being held at Melrose United Church.
Franjipani and Brux House have been nominated for a 2018 BIA Award of Excellence by the Locke Street Business Improvement Area. The BIA Award of Excellence winners will be announced at the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce’s Outstanding Business Achievement Awards (OBAA) which takes place on March 20, 2018.
Locke Street BIA Annual General Meeting
February 27, 2018 – 7:00 p.m.
Melrose United Church, 86 Homewood Avenue