University will lease downtown Hamilton courthouse from regional council


Hamilton-Wentworth Regional Council has agreed to lease the old Wentworth County courthouse to the University for 10 years.

The University plans to use the former courthouse in downtown Hamilton to alleviate a space shortage on campus.

Harvey Weingarten, provost and vice-president academic, said no decision has been made about which employees will move to the old courthouse but the University will examine who can most benefit from being downtown.

The University won't pay rent any rent for the building, but will pay for all operating costs.

Regional council also wants the University to pay $113,500 a year for capital improvements to the five-storey building. (Source: Hamilton Spectator, Nov. 9/00)