Hamilton making changes to ease historic company’s expansion onto former motel site

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Demolition underway at Hamilton Inn

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Members of Hamilton City Council made one change to help Hamilton Caster & Manufacturing Co. with the expansion of its business into the former Hamilton Inn property, and two more are pending.

The council recently voted to abandon a 145-foot-long piece of Lincoln Avenue, west of Dixie Highway, that with the company’s purchase of the adjacent motel property is now surrounded on three sides by property owned by Hamilton Caster.

In coming weeks, the council will consider two other matters for the company, which plans to build a new 50,000-square-foot building where the motel used to stand. The new structure will replace an outdated, inefficient building the company now uses.

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At council’s Wednesday meeting, officials are likely to approve a zoning change to “Industrial Planned Development” status for the properties at 1601 Dixie Highway, 1603 Dixie, 1637 Dixie, 1767 Dixie and 1075 Lincoln Ave.

The city’s planning and economic development staffs have been working with the company on the proposed rezoning, which is required to allow construction of the new building on the former motel’s site.

Meanwhile, Hamilton’s council will be asked to give the 112-year-old company a $200,000 recoverable grant to encourage the expansion. Hamilton Caster makes industrial casters, wheels and carts and has been at that location nearly 100 years.

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Details of the development agreement will spell out how the recoverable grant can be forgiven, which will happen “only if certain performance criteria are met at the Dixie Highway site,” Economic Development Director Jody Gunderson has told council.

Lawyers are working on terms of the agreement, Gunderson said.

The recent razing of the Hamilton Inn motel rid the city of a property that once had a proud heyday but in recent years became a nuisance to police and neighbors. It drew hundreds of police calls during its final three years of operation, from 2014-16.

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