Dundas University Plaza property tax reduction requested for 2018 tax year
The City of Hamilton will not reveal who applied for a $10,608.88 property tax refund for University Plaza, and the property’s owner isn’t talking about it either.
Hamilton tax assessment and appeals administrator David Janaszek said Ontario’s Municipal Act allows taxpayers, and several other parties, to apply for a reduction when renovations prevent normal use of part of the property for at least 90 days within a year, which he said was the basis for the rebate requested on the 2018 tax year for the property at 119 Osler Dr.
“I’m unable to provide specific details as it relates to the application itself other than it was submitted under the reason of repairs (or) renovations preventing normal use of part of the property for at least 90 days and the recommended property tax reduction of $10,608.88 pertains to the 2018 tax year,” Janaszek said.
The application was expected to be approved on April 27.
In 2018, University Plaza’s East Side Mario’s was temporarily closed for renovations into a “three-brand” restaurant that added Fionn MacCool's and Montana's to the same location.
Neither plaza owner RioCan or restaurant operator Recipe Unlimited responded to requests for comment by deadline. It's not clear if any other University Plaza units were closed for three months during 2018.
The plaza’s former Metro grocery store closed in 2019 and was renovated into a Canadian Tire. It’s not clear yet if RioCan, or anyone else, is applying for a 2019 tax rebate from the City of Hamilton for that closure.
Janaszek said the Municipal Act tax appeal application can be made by the property owner, in this case RioCan, or someone who has an interest in that land as indicated in land registry records, or is a tenant, occupant or other person in possession of the land, or someone who is the spouse of the owner or spouse of someone occupying or with an interest in the property.
The property at 119 Osler is assessed at a value of more than $15.1-million for 2021. According to the City of Hamilton, the property was levied $393,931.79 in property taxes in 2020, and $400,351.61 in 2019. The exact tax levied in 2018 was not available by deadline.