There are big plans in the works for a historic church in the heart of downtown Hamilton.
Reverend Ian Sloan of New Vision United Church, which stands at the corner of Main and MacNab streets, has unveiled a plan to transform the structure into a live music hall and social justice centre.
Sloan is asking the city to accelerate the property’s heritage designation study so that they’ll know what elements of the almost 150-year-old church need to be preserved.
He adds that will lead to the development of a business plan, followed by a capital campaign.
The heritage designation study had been planned for 2021, but Ward 2 Coun. Jason Farr presented a notice of motion at Tuesday’s meeting of the planning committee which would instead move it up to this year.
Sloan adds that the transformation would contribute to Hamilton’s music strategy, by filling the need for a live music hall with seating capacity in the 1,000 range.
In 2016, approximately 800 people gathered in the hall for a Syrian newcomer refugee benefit concert.