Changes Coming To The Big Boxes At Clappison’s?

As we indicated in previous Members Only, the FCC Board of Directors (BOD) met recently with representatives of the Flamborough Power Centre (FPC) to discuss proposed changes to the twin ‘big box’ complexes at Clappison’s Corners. Joining the BOD at the meeting were Ward 15 Councillor Judi Partridge, her Administrative Assistant Alison Morrison as well as Executive Director Wilf Arndt and Treasurer Gary Titley of the Waterdown BIA.  Arguing the ‘changing face of retail’ and the ‘lingering economic down turn’ the FPC has submitted an application to Hamilton’s Planning Department asking that all restrictions at both complexes be removed. Some years ago, the FCC and WBIA together launched an ultimately successful appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) asking that no smaller retail stores be allowed at Clappison’s Corners in order to provide some protection for the existing retail core in the ‘olde’ Village of Waterdown. The proposed rezoning would eliminate these restrictions. The FCC and the WBIA are reviewing the marketing and traffic studies prepared by consultants for the Flamborough Power Centre and then meet to decide how to proceed. The FCC (along with the WBIA) have now organized a meeting of its members to hear directly from FPC representatives what the plans are. It will be a Business Roundtable over the lunch hour on Wednesday, January 22 for FCC and WBIA members only. It will be held starting at 12 noon at the North Wentworth Twin Pad Arena. Thanks to the generosity of the Pita Pit, there  is no registration fee. But if you plan to attend, please pre-register on the FCC website by clicking HERE.

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