LIUNA investing $3m in another CN station ballroom
Work has started on a multi-million dollar expansion of the LIUNA Station banquet centre.
The popular Hamilton site, in the former CN Rail station on James Street North, is getting a new ballroom in the area where passenger trains used to disgorge travellers. More recently the space housed the offices of the now-defunct Settlement and Immigration Services Organization – SISO.
In a video, LIUNA Station general manager Vico Rosatone said the new King George Ball Room should be finished by the end of May and is already booked through the rest of the year.
“We started getting bookings for this space even before we put a shovel in the ground,” he said.
Rosatone said the project will cost $2-$3 million “once it’s all furnished. We’re not going to cut any corners here.”
The project is another investment in Hamilton by the Labourers International Union of North America, which also operates a banquet centre and trades school in Stoney Creek, a seniors’ residence downtown and was the force behind the renovation of the Lister Block in the city’s core.
“LIUNA has always been committed to Hamilton,” Rosatone said. “For us it’s not a question of will we invest in Hamilton, it’s only when and how can we do it.”