Hamilton’s historic EcoHouse getting $100,000 federal accessibility upgrade


Published December 8, 2023 at 2:28 pm

EcoHouse at Hamilton's pre-confederation Veevers Estate

A City-owned heritage property in East Hamilton to a not-for-profit providing environmental education and promoting sustainable living for nearly 30 years is getting $100,000 in accessibility upgrades from Employment and Social Development Canada.

The federal investment to the Green Venture’s EcoHouse at the Veevers Estate will fund a new exterior ramp, the installation of two accessible doors and the construction of an accessible washroom to ensure the building can be used by all visitors. This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Enabling Accessibility Fund.

“City spaces should be accessible to all,” said Hamilton Mayor Andrea Horwath. “Thanks to this federal investment, we’re enhancing access at Veevers Estate so that Green Venture can empower more Hamiltonians to implement climate friendly practices in their own homes.”

By improving accessibility at EcoHouse, Green Venture hopes to expand their reach, empower more individuals to implement greener practices in their homes and communities, and act on climate change.

“We look forward to realizing barrier-free access to EcoHouse resulting in our ability to engage more members of the community in sustainable programs and initiatives,” said Green Venture Executive Director Giuliana Casimirri, Executive Director.

The City of Hamilton owns Veevers Estate and holds a rental agreement with Green Venture until January 2025. EcoHouse is the main office used to administer Green Venture programming, with the site offering various green initiatives and events since 1994.

“Our federal contribution reflects the work that’s necessary to make Hamilton more inclusive for all. I am pleased to know that visitors of Green Venture’s EcoHouse will be able to appreciate environmental and heritage programming without physical barriers,” added Hamilton East-Stoney Creek MP Chad Collins.

Work is expected to be completed by 2024.The Veevers Estate EcoHouse property is the last remaining portion of the original Glen Manor Estate, which encompassed almost the entire current Davis Creek neighbourhood. The farmhouse pre-dates Confederation and was built in 1851.

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