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Stu Chapman
04-28-2010, 11:15 AM
As everyone already knows, Studebaker refuses to die. Yesterday, the City of Hamilton, Ontario agreed to grandfather a new zoning by-law that would restrict churches, athletic clubs and dance studios from industrial zones in that community. This exemption, which is good for one year, allows a Mississauga, Ontario firm known as Northbrook Development Group to develop a $20 million athletic facility on the Studebaker Canada manufacturing site. The firm's president, Bob Graham, enthusiastically announced the proposal would result in an Olympic-caliber sports center. It would appear that facilities with high enough ceilings to accommodate trampoline training can only be found in industrial zones, a fact being recognized by Hamilton's City Council. The former Studebaker plant is currently used as a storage facility for a variety of products and a few years ago almost became alive again with the advent of the new Hamilton Film Studios, a business that failed within months of its opening. Let's hope this latest proposal will fly. Studebaker's Canadian manufacturing facility is too good a property to remain unproductive or even torn down.
Stu Chapman

rjohnston79
04-28-2010, 12:40 PM
Any chance the name will live on? "Studebaker Gym" has a nice ring LOL

Ron Johnston
1963 Studebaker Daytona HT
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Stu Chapman
04-28-2010, 12:56 PM
If anyone asks me I'll pass on your opinion.
Stu Chapman


quote:Originally posted by rjohnston79

Any chance the name will live on? "Studebaker Gym" has a nice ring LOL

Ron Johnston
1963 Studebaker Daytona HT
http://i49.tinypic.com/2nv9c7o.jpg

8E45E
04-28-2010, 02:19 PM
Will we see a "SOLD" sign on this shortly??[^]

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I hope they repaint this....it gets more difficult to read each passing year.

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Craig

Chris_Dresbach
04-28-2010, 02:47 PM
That would be really weird to see a car plant made into a gym, but at leist it's being used.[?]:)

Chris Dresbach. South Bend, In.
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1940 Champion two door.
Parts of the 1952 Model N prototype.
1963 Prototype moon cart built by Studebaker.

COMMANDERPINK1
04-28-2010, 03:21 PM
Craig thanks for the photos
Tom

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jlmccuan
04-28-2010, 04:08 PM
Why would that be wierd? They used to build bodies there, lol.

Jim
Often in error, never in doubt
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____1966 Avanti II RQA 0088_______________1963 Avanti R2 63R3152____________Rabid Snail Racing

Nelsen Motorsports
04-28-2010, 05:03 PM
We need to collect a few billion $ and start a new Studebaker factory here in Macon, GA where there are many folks out of work and there are many abandoned factories in a place with some of the U.S's lowest taxes. There is also a huge railyard here in Macon that runs directly to Mobile, Savannah, and other ports and cities in the country.

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Alex Nelsen, 15 year old Studebaker nut.
1954 Champion Coupe
Lizella, GA

Stu Chapman
04-28-2010, 06:51 PM
Actually the first three pictures posted by Craig are of the former Otis Elevator office, not the Studebaker facility. When Otis bought the Studebaker property in 1967, they did do a facility connection between the two buildings. If you look carefully at the picture of the front door of the Studebaker head office (the green door) you will note the number is 369. When Studebaker occupied it, the address was 349 Ferrie Street East. For some reason, Otis renumbered the building as 369. Back when I was there the entrance was a lot more attractive and the door was glassed.
Stu Chapman


quote:Originally posted by 8E45E

Will we see a "SOLD" sign on this shortly??[^]

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4015/4492395596_c6d54e72ba_b.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2789/4491772059_a5427ede0c_b.jpg

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http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4013/4492190304_561d5cace1_b.jpg

I hope they repaint this....it gets more difficult to read each passing year.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4072/4492175792_d8bb717b96_b.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2723/4492429128_d1605116b8_b.jpg

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4028/4492432838_8da1d82932_b.jpg

Craig

Chris_Dresbach
04-28-2010, 09:44 PM
quote:Originally posted by Nelsen Motorsports

We need to collect a few billion $ and start a new Studebaker factory here in Macon, GA where there are many folks out of work and there are many abandoned factories in a place with some of the U.S's lowest taxes. There is also a huge railyard here in Macon that runs directly to Mobile, Savannah, and other ports and cities in the country.

http://i558.photobucket.com/albums/ss29/NelsenRacing/040210_Disc_brakes_and_axles4_4-1.jpg
Alex Nelsen, 15 year old Studebaker nut.
1954 Champion Coupe
Lizella, GA

You just described what South Bend needs too.[B)]

Chris Dresbach. South Bend, In.
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1940 Champion two door.
Parts of the 1952 Model N prototype.
1963 Prototype cart built by Studebaker.

comatus
04-29-2010, 11:20 AM
Seems I heard of a film studio venture that was to use this property, but when bust fast?
Timing is everything -- up until the Vancouver Olympics, there was a bunch of $CDN flowing for support of sport ventures. Hope the developer can still tap into some of that.

It's an odd but sensible zoning rule they had to get variance to: a property which can generate industrial employment can't normally be re-purposed. Just the opposite of what we do on the other shore of the lake, where we can't convert real factories to lofty-lofts fast enough, and force all new projects out into the perfectly good beanfields. A different way of looking at it.

CKOT
04-29-2010, 03:49 PM
Here is what they should have done in South Bend..........in Greensboro they took a huge textile complex now turning it into ofiices and business space. Also using it for receptions, etc. Huge Studebaker-esque complex. The city is embracing their past instead of trying to erase it.
http://revolutionmillstudios.com/history.html

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50studebakerman
04-30-2010, 02:20 AM
The biggest problem of today, is to many people have what they call book learning and no Common sense. That is why our country is failing. I would love to see a company go in there and start making Electric and low energy high performance vehicles in the name of Studebaker. There is no reasoning that could not happen if the so called City Leaders had some initiative and the Chamber of Commerce would do their work and start pushing for new growth.
Like the Old China man said, as long as you go about your business and don't pay any attention to the news papers and Radio, You can be successful. I truly believe that because I was always able to survive until George W. and he was just to much for my business to sustain. Not meaning to be Political.

Raymond F. Pittam

Stu Chapman
04-30-2010, 12:58 PM
To bring everyone up to date, I was very fortunate today to have a lengthy and informative conversation with Mr. Bob Graham, the principal of the company interested in developing the athletic facility at the Studebaker of Canada site. Mr. Graham is very enthusiastic about his corporation's plans and will keep in touch with me about the preservation of the Studebaker name. From a marketing standpoint, there are exciting prospects for SDC members relating to this project. As things develop, I will keep you posted.
Stu Chapman


quote:Originally posted by Stu Chapman

As everyone already knows, Studebaker refuses to die. Yesterday, the City of Hamilton, Ontario agreed to grandfather a new zoning by-law that would restrict churches, athletic clubs and dance studios from industrial zones in that community. This exemption, which is good for one year, allows a Mississauga, Ontario firm known as Northbrook Development Group to develop a $20 million athletic facility on the Studebaker Canada manufacturing site. The firm's president, Bob Graham, enthusiastically announced the proposal would result in an Olympic-caliber sports center. It would appear that facilities with high enough ceilings to accommodate trampoline training can only be found in industrial zones, a fact being recognized by Hamilton's City Council. The former Studebaker plant is currently used as a storage facility for a variety of products and a few years ago almost became alive again with the advent of the new Hamilton Film Studios, a business that failed within months of its opening. Let's hope this latest proposal will fly. Studebaker's Canadian manufacturing facility is too good a property to remain unproductive or even torn down.
Stu Chapman

2R5
04-30-2010, 02:14 PM
Stu , if they happen to need a freshly restored '66 for their entryway it can be arranged ;)

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1964 Daytona HT
1966 Daytona

Stu Chapman
04-30-2010, 09:38 PM
I'll be sure to tell them Bob.
Stu Chapman


quote:Originally posted by 2R5

Stu , if they happen to need a freshly restored '66 for their entryway it can be arranged ;)

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Home of the Fried Green Tomato
"IF YOU WANT THE SMILES YOU NEED TO DO THE MILES "

1960 Champ
1964 Daytona HT
1966 Daytona

50studebakerman
05-01-2010, 12:34 AM
Craig: Would you please send me the link for thos photos so I can add them to my site's history Page?
http://greatershastavalleystudesdc.shutterfly.com/ This is the new site for the Proposed new Northern California Chapter. I would have cut and pasted them, but want to keep everything legal and up front. We welcome everyone to come and visit the site and add your two cents, It is free and we need all the help we can get letting other Studebaker Owner's know we are trying hard to get a Chapter up and running.
Thank You!
Raymond F.Pittam
Redding, Ca. 96002


Raymond F. Pittam

Stu Chapman
05-03-2010, 02:01 PM
Fortunately, I've been able to learn more about the plans of Northbrook Development Group for the combined properties of Studebaker of Canada and Otis Elevator in Hamilton, Ontario.

The firm would convert the former Studebaker manufacturing site, and its adjacent Otis Elevator property into a large, unique and innovative sports hub. To be created would be 60 different surfaces for soccer, hockey, basketball and track and field, resulting in one 650,000 square foot facility. Included would be Olympic-caliber equipment and facilities for elite athletes alongside practice space for existing community sports teams. Company president Bob Graham indicated there is a growing trend to privately-owned, high-tech sports centres offering recreation spaces usually provided by municipalities.

In addition to the actual buildings that comprise the Studebaker/Otis complex, there is considerable open space that Northbrook would cover over to fulfill its multi-faceted concept. In theory, this unique idea would become the ultimate family entertainment center.

Studebaker's Hamilton operation is one of four locations Northbrook looked at to facilitate their project. The other sites are in Michigan, Pennsylvania and the Niagara area of Ontario. Ironically, the Michigan site is part of a temporary business set up by the Ford Motor Company. The Pennsylvania location is near Pittsburgh and was a former General Motors plant. Even the Niagara location was a former OEM supplier to the automotive industry. Who ever said there was no future for shuttered automobile manufacturing operations?

Clearly, the proposal is in the formative stages, but it would certainly appear the possibilities of Studebaker Hamilton being the center for such an exciting business are extremely encouraging. As things progress, I will keep you posted.

Stu Chapman


quote:Originally posted by Stu Chapman

To bring everyone up to date, I was very fortunate today to have a lengthy and informative conversation with Mr. Bob Graham, the principal of the company interested in developing the athletic facility at the Studebaker of Canada site. Mr. Graham is very enthusiastic about his corporation's plans and will keep in touch with me about the preservation of the Studebaker name. From a marketing standpoint, there are exciting prospects for SDC members relating to this project. As things develop, I will keep you posted.
Stu Chapman


quote:Originally posted by Stu Chapman

As everyone already knows, Studebaker refuses to die. Yesterday, the City of Hamilton, Ontario agreed to grandfather a new zoning by-law that would restrict churches, athletic clubs and dance studios from industrial zones in that community. This exemption, which is good for one year, allows a Mississauga, Ontario firm known as Northbrook Development Group to develop a $20 million athletic facility on the Studebaker Canada manufacturing site. The firm's president, Bob Graham, enthusiastically announced the proposal would result in an Olympic-caliber sports center. It would appear that facilities with high enough ceilings to accommodate trampoline training can only be found in industrial zones, a fact being recognized by Hamilton's City Council. The former Studebaker plant is currently used as a storage facility for a variety of products and a few years ago almost became alive again with the advent of the new Hamilton Film Studios, a business that failed within months of its opening. Let's hope this latest proposal will fly. Studebaker's Canadian manufacturing facility is too good a property to remain unproductive or even torn down.
Stu Chapman