RAHB is pleased to announce that, beginning this fall, the main floor offices of the building will be renovated for the first time since the last major renovation in 1997. RAHB’s main floor tenant recently expressed an interest to enter into a long-term lease that will increase the size of their office space and install a private bathroom for their unit at no cost to RAHB. This tenant’s requirement for additional commercial office space presented RAHB with a unique opportunity to fulfill the expansion needs of an excellent tenant and increase non-dues revenue for RAHB over an extended number of years, while also renovating and optimizing RAHB’s office space to create a more productive and contemporary work environment. The Board of Directors approved the new tenant lease and the RAHB renovations at their meeting on September 2, 2020.
Staff have continued to work remotely since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, as currently recommended by Hamilton Public Health, and are well-positioned to provide uninterrupted service to members over the next several months while renovations take place.
As part of the renovations, the historical files within the RAHB Resource Centre will be disposed of in the next few weeks (as is in keeping with best practice at associations/boards throughout Canada), the filing cabinet will be removed/repurposed, and the older furniture and accessories will be sold. Moving forward, the historical data can be found online (i.e. within RAHB database; GeoWarehouse, etc.).
Information and updates regarding the renovations and furniture (which will be made available for members to purchase) will be forthcoming as details are finalized.
Although the main floor of the RAHB office will remain closed, the Realty Shoppe continues to serve members via phone-in and online orders, with curb-side pick-up Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Plans are underway to open the physical RAHB Realty Shoppe to members in the future – dependent upon public health COVID-19 guidelines.
Thank you for your patience during this time. We are excited to transform the RAHB space for members and staff as we move closer to celebrating RAHB’s 100-year anniversary in 2021.