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.
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.
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.
On Sunday, January 7, 2018, Monster Donuts opened its new Locke Street Location. At one point there were line ups outside the door and around the block.
Monster Donuts provides a wide range of gourmet donuts including its own vegan variety.
Welcome to the neighbourhood.
The next Locke Street Festival is Saturday, September 8, 2018. The Festival Planning Committee meets on the first Monday of every month starting November 6, 2017 in the Board Room at the West Town Bar and Grill.
All members welcome.
Over the last 10 years Locke Street and the surrounding neighbourhood have experienced a revival. We were once a quiet street with a few antique shops and local restaurants, but now we’ve become one of Hamilton’s hottest commercial districts with world-renowned restaurants, local and global shops and thriving businesses. We’re a collection of new and long-time merchants dedicated to the continuing success of the street but also to our customers and this neighbourhood.
As we’ve watched the street transform and expand, we as the Business Improvement Association (BIA) felt it was time for the brand of our street to change too. We enlisted the marketing expertise of our friends at Factor[e] to help us redefine what Locke Street is today. It has been an amazing journey and we are so excited to finally be able to share the new look of Locke Street with you.
It turns out Locke Street is not just about the businesses on the street but it’s very much about the people on the street too. It’s about what the businesses bring to the street but it’s also about you – the residents, local Hamiltonians, our customers. What’s so amazing about Locke Street is the community that we have created here together. So with that in mind, here’s a look at our new logo:
It was more of an “of course!” moment as opposed to an ”A-ha!” when Factor[e] presented the new logo and brand to us as everyone in the room agreed, our sense of community is what defines us and what is driving business on the street. We are full-service BIA. From coffee shops and restaurants to salons and fitness, from everyday essentials to gifts and special occasion shopping, you can come and enjoy a day on Locke Street or you can live your life here.
And since we are SO excited about our new brand and look, we’ve decided we want to celebrate with all of you. On Saturday April 2, 2016 from 10am to 2pm we’d like to invite you to come “Walk the new Locke” and see our new branding in person. Highlights of the day include (but are not limited to):
● Newly branded Locke Street shopping bags filled with goodies from over 30 street merchants (while quantities last) between 10am and 2pm.
● Bags are available for pickup from participating merchants. There will be “winning bags” given out, which contain vouchers to shop the street for free.
● The Locke Street Farmers’ Market will open for a special Early Spring Market from 10am to 2pm.
● Free face painting and photo booth on the street from 11am to 2pm.
● Exclusive sales, in-store draws, sampling, and promotions from merchants
We look forward to seeing everyone on the street and we can’t wait to hear what you think about the new look of Locke Street.