Building A Stronger Hamilton For Future Generations

    Supporting Lister Block Restoration Project Means Good, High-Paying Jobs,
    Better Quality Of Life For Families

    HAMILTON, ON, June 22 /CNW/ - Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty announced
today that the government is building a high quality of life for people in
Hamilton by helping to revitalize its downtown core.
    "Maintaining Ontario's heritage and preserving our history is part of
building a stronger, more vibrant province for all of us," said Premier
McGuinty. "The Lister Block restoration will not only revitalize downtown
Hamilton, it will create new high-value jobs and strengthen the city for
future generations."
    Premier McGuinty made his remarks at the Lister Block site, where he
joined Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger, other local officials and community
    The McGuinty government is investing $7 million to redevelop the Lister
Block, a six-storey vacant building that was constructed in the 1920s and has
distinct architectural features. The project will help Hamilton realize its
vision as a modern urban centre. It will also help attract new visitors and
investment to the city.
    Once the project is complete, the remodelled building will accommodate
Hamilton's public health department.
    "The renewal of the Lister Block is a significant step toward the
successful revitalization of Hamilton's downtown core," said Mayor
Eisenberger. "Investment in Hamilton's future is essential, and Premier
McGuinty's continued commitment to healthcare, transit, and now this latest
investment in the Lister Block is an encouraging step in moving forward. I
welcome the Province's continued partnership with the City of Hamilton over
the long-term."
    "The Lister Block is a provincially significant landmark and historical
site," said Hamilton West MPP Judy Marsales. "By preserving its magnificent
history and architectural beauty, our government is helping to make Hamilton a
great place to live, work and play for families."
    "I am so pleased that the Lister Block will be taken off of the
'critical' list," said Dr. Marie Bountrogianni, MPP for Hamilton Mountain.
"The rehabilitation and renovation of this historic site will be a turning
point in revitalizing Hamilton's downtown core, and will provide more
opportunities to showcase Hamilton's unique atmosphere and vitality."
    Revitalizing downtown Hamilton is the latest way the McGuinty government
is getting results for communities. Other measures include:

      -  Creating a multi-year, $17.5-billion rapid transit action plan for
         the Greater Toronto Area and Hamilton that will deliver jobs and
         investment by reducing congestion

      -  Launching ReNew Ontario, a five-year, $30-billion infrastructure
         investment plan to repair, revitalize and expand public

      -  Releasing a landmark Places to Grow plan to create complete
         communities, with a better mix of businesses, services, housing and
        parks that will make them more livable.

    "A stronger Hamilton, means a stronger Ontario," said Premier McGuinty. 
"Working, building and dreaming together, we can make Ontario the place to be
for our children, and our children's children."

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