“We’ve had a number of meetings with developers that are from the area about the building,” said Jody Gunderson, Hamilton’s economic development director. “Many of them are doing their due diligence as well. The Spooky Nook project, and I think it will be obvious later on, it’ll be a catalyst to development in and around the site.”
“So I look at this as, I’m not sure exactly when they’ll jump in, or who’ll jump in, but there’s no doubt in my mind that project (Spooky Nook) is very catalytic.”
“We’re looking at all the details, and trying to do some space planning, so we can understand how it would all fit together,” Lichter said.
Gunderson agreed with Lichter that multiple uses for the complex might be best: “That particular site has a lot of building, and I think it could easily be a mixed-use development,” he said. “Whereas there are other areas along the riverfront as well that I think there are opportunities as well for similar development.”
He said the company is enthusiastic about the movement it sees in Hamilton lately: “We’re excited about the sport complex,” he said. “There’s a lot going on, and a lot of excitement, and activity, and great things happening. We’re excited to be a part of it.”
“We’re not limiting at all,” Lichter said. “We’re open to anything. If there’s any interest, reach out, with anything, because we try to swim downstream and take the path of least resistance. Obviously, it’s easier to do things with users lined up and people in tow.”