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UrbanWaterloo
01-08-2010, 11:31 AM
Small Suburban Kitchener Construction
A thread for general news and/or rumors. Things that are small enough they don't require their own threads.

http://www.theage.com.au/ffximage/2008/05/14/wbSUBURB_wideweb__470x355,0.jpg (http://www.theage.com.au/news/opinion/bigger-and-better/2008/05/14/1210444527529.html)

Project List

Anselma House | October 4, 2010 (http://www.wonderfulwaterloo.com/showthread.php/538-Small-Suburban-Kitchener-Construction?p=16144#post16144)
RBC @ Ottawa & River | October 23, 2010 (http://www.wonderfulwaterloo.com/showthread.php/538-Small-Suburban-Kitchener-Construction?p=17081#post17081)
Kaufman YMCA Renovation | October 31, 2010 (http://www.wonderfulwaterloo.com/showthread.php/538-Small-Suburban-Kitchener-Construction?p=17761#post17761)
Williamsburg Town Centre | December 24, 2010 (http://www.wonderfulwaterloo.com/showthread.php/538-Small-Suburban-Kitchener-Construction?p=21709#post21709)
55 Woolwich Street | January 2, 2011 (http://www.wonderfulwaterloo.com/showthread.php/538-Small-Suburban-Kitchener-Construction?p=22231#post22231)

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01-14-2010, 09:50 PM
I was poking around on the tech triangle site and i came across the "South Kitchener Business Park" http://www.techtriangle.com/include/get.php?nodeid=301 and the "Rockway Business Park" http://www.techtriangle.com/include/get.php?nodeid=84 . Just interested to see what everyone think of these ;)

Spokes
01-15-2010, 06:18 AM
I was poking around on the tech triangle site and i came across the "South Kitchener Business Park" http://www.techtriangle.com/include/get.php?nodeid=301 and the "Rockway Business Park" http://www.techtriangle.com/include/get.php?nodeid=84 . Just interested to see what everyone think of these ;)

Meh, they are what they are. There has to be places for industrial, so I'm ok with that, and it's probably the right location, but I hate that there's office included in these. Its hard to push people to the cores when they have this available.

More low density projects for waterloo region. Great.

RangersFan
01-25-2010, 07:15 PM
At the intersection of Highland and Ira Needles a sign for another commercial centre is up and the details can be found below, but it seems to imply that some of the potential tenants will be Sobeys and RBC.

HIGHLAND RD W & IRA NEEDLES BLVD, Kitchener
http://www.fieldgatecommercial.com/property.asp?ID=20
Developer: Fieldgate Commercial
TOTAL GLA: 110,000 sq. ft.
http://www.fieldgatecommercial.com/images/property_arial/thumbs/property_arial-20.jpg http://www.fieldgatecommercial.com/images/property_map/thumbs/property_map-20.jpg

RangersFan
01-30-2010, 04:19 AM
I read about this project last night in the Waterloo Region News, says the project is nearing completion.

WHERE'S THE MONEY?
The province is very supportive, but they cannot confirm funding at this time'; Ray of Hope was touted as a way to save troubled youth grappling with addiction. Sunnyside nursing home was going to care for seniors who can't live on their own. Both were promised funding from the province. Until they get it, both are in jeopardy.
July 3, 2007 | FRANCES BARRICK, RECORD STAFF | WATERLOO REGION | http://news.therecord.com/article/211302

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JENNIFER MacMILLAN, RECORD STAFF
Gail Carlin shows an architect's drawing of a proposed addition to Sunnyside Home.

A plan to build the region's first subsidized supportive housing for seniors has been on hold for almost two years because of lack of provincial money.

"We are anxious to move forward because we see it as a critical project for this area," said Gail Carlin, director of senior services for the region.

"The province is very supportive, but they cannot confirm funding at this time," Carlin said in an interview.

The region is one of two areas in the province that does not have publicly funded housing for seniors who need some support to live independently.

Building such housing was one of 61 recommendations handed down by Tom Closson in his 149-page report into emergency services in the region.

This seniors' project involves building an apartment complex on the property of Sunnyside nursing home on Franklin Street North in Kitchener.

It would house up to 30 apartment units for seniors who qualify for subsidized housing and who require minimal care because of frailty or stable mental-health issues such as early dementia. The complex would include a dining room, activity room and access to 24-hour personal care.

In 2005, the Ontario Ministry of Housing pledged $1 million toward the capital cost of building the complex.

But it has been on hold since November 2005 because the Ontario Ministry of Health has not provided the estimated $500,000 annual cost to pay for the cost of supportive services.

This type of housing would delay or prevent seniors from going to long-term care homes. The annual cost to house 30 seniors at a long-term facility would be about $1.5 million, one third of the operating cost for this project.

"It is substantially cheaper to have a person in supportive housing rather than moving them into a long-term care facility -- notwithstanding the point that we have no beds," Carlin said.

There are 400 people on a long-term care waiting list, she said.

Earlier this year, Closson, who was hired by the province to investigate local emergency services, said the region needs 450 subsidized housing units for seniors to help them stay out of nursing homes and hospitals.

This 30-unit project "is only a very small start with respect to the need for supportive housing for seniors in Waterloo Region," said Carlin.

In March, Ontario Health Minister George Smitherman told The Record he's started to work on Closson's recommendation for subsidized supportive housing for seniors in the region.

Last Friday, Smitherman spokesperson David Spencer said the ministry is still working on finding the operating funds for this project.

"We appreciate the urgency and the feelings that exist to move forward with this project. We are very cognizant of it," Spencer said.

But Spencer wouldn't say when the region could expect to get the needed money.

"We certainly appreciate the amount of interest and we are working on it actively. . . to bring it to a resolution as soon as possible," he said.


$7.5M project for seniors will be a first
March 5, 2008 | FRANCES BARRICK, RECORD STAFF | KITCHENER | http://news.therecord.com/article/318403

A $7.5-million supportive housing project for seniors was approved by regional councillors yesterday.

"I am very excited about this project," said Coun. Jim Wideman of Kitchener.

This seniors complex would be the first of its kind in Waterloo Region, Gail Carlin, director of Sunnyside home, told councillors.

It involves building an apartment building on the property of Sunnyside nursing home on Franklin Street North in Kitchener.

The three- or four-storey building would house up to 30 units for seniors who qualify for subsidized housing and need minimal care because of frailty or stable mental-health issues such as early dementia, Carlin said.

The building would also have a dining room, activity room and access to 24-hour personal care.

Councillors also approved the addition of a Wellness Centre in the new building. The $400,000 cost will be covered by private donations. The centre will offer a physiotherapy program, fitness centre, therapeutic bathing area and a clinic for massages.

The provincial government will pay $1.7 million of the apartment building's capital cost, with the remaining $5.8 million coming from regional taxpayers.

The province will also provide $633,000 towards the operating costs of the project.

There are about 9,000 residents over 55 who live at or below the poverty line, and 71 per cent of them are women, Carlin said in a report to council.

Coun. Jean Haalboom of Kitchener said she was initially shocked at the project's price tag but likes the project's concept.

"I think it is very important that we don't skimp and shove people into a place where we wouldn't want to live," Haalboom said.

Carlin said this type of housing would delay or prevent seniors from going to long-term care homes at a much higher cost.

Building housing like this was one of 61 recommendations handed down by Tom Closson in his 149-page report into emergency services in the region. Closson said the region needs 450 subsidized housing units for seniors to help them stay out of nursing homes and hospitals.

Construction is to start this fall, with completion expected in November 2009.


Huge garage sale to help build seniors' centre
March 24, 2009 | Record staff | Kitchener | http://news.therecord.com/article/508532

A gigantic garage sale will be held April 4 at the Sunnyside Home in Kitchener. Funds raised will go to the nursing home's campaign to raise $500,000 for a new seniors' wellness centre. The home is at 247 Franklin St. N. Doors open at 8:30 a.m.


New seniors' complex first of its kind in region
April 20, 2009 | RECORD STAFF | KITCHENER | http://news.therecord.com/article/523277

A new housing development for seniors in Kitchener received an extra $907,550 from the province. This brings the province's contribution to the Sunnyside supportive housing project to $2.1 million. The extra money was announced at a groundbreaking ceremony held Friday. Local politicians attended. Construction has started on the $9.7-million complex to be built at the Sunnyside nursing home on Franklin Street North. It will house 30 units for seniors who qualify for subsidized housing and need minimal care to live independently. This supportive housing for seniors is the first of its kind in Waterloo Region. Regional taxpayers will pay $5.9 million of the project's cost, with the federal government contributing $840,000.

Duke-of-Waterloo
02-03-2010, 03:11 PM
/\ It been my intention to create a thread for the Pinehaven Nursing Home expansion within the next few days as it will be fairly large. When I do, I will move this post into the new thread.

RangersFan
02-03-2010, 08:04 PM
from what I remember of your ssp post on this, it sounded like a pretty significant development. I added it to the KW Developments map.

UrbanWaterloo
02-14-2010, 02:35 PM
Cornerstone
Mid-Rise Condominium - 62 Units
Block Line and Homer Watson, Kitchener
Developer: Reid's Heritage Homes
http://www.reidsheritagehomes.com/community/cornerstone/

http://brooklynhomesinc.ca/uploadedImages/Community/Cornerstone/logo_cornerstone.jpg

Waterloo Region Record - February 13, 2010 - H8
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Floorplans: http://www.reidsheritagehomes.com/community/cornerstone/floorplans.aspx

Features and Finishes: http://www.reidsheritagehomes.com/uploadedFiles/Community/Cornerstone/Features_and_Finishes/Cornerstone-Features.pdf

Site Plan - February 4, 2010: http://www.reidsheritagehomes.com/uploadedfiles/community/Cornerstone/Site_Plan/cs-siteplan.pdf
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FootPrint - January 29, 2010: http://www.reidsheritagehomes.com/uploadedfiles/community/Cornerstone/Site_Plan/Cornerstone-FootPrint.pdf
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Price List - February 5, 2010: http://www.reidsheritagehomes.com/uploadedFiles/Community/Cornerstone/Download_Centre/Cornerstone-Pricing.pdf
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mpd618
02-14-2010, 04:49 PM
A condo development where parking spaces takes up several times the space of the building itself? Way to go Cornerstone.

Why do we still allow this pedestrian-hostile garbage? It's going to be walking distance to a light rail station, but this development is designed to facilitate only driving.

Spokes
02-14-2010, 05:25 PM
In the image, is the exterior pink, or is that supposed to be red brick?

Please red brick

Duke-of-Waterloo
02-14-2010, 05:44 PM
In the image, is the exterior pink, or is that supposed to be red brick?

Please red brick

Fingers crossed.

Greg Moore
02-14-2010, 07:49 PM
Holy crap. Three bedroom 1,113 square feet. That is like a cage.

jay
02-14-2010, 09:40 PM
Hopefully it's red brick. It's cheap so it will sell.

I wonder what they plan on doing with Kitchener Frame down the street on Homer Watson. It's probably contaminated and I can't see any manufacturing business buying it. What I fear is Martinrea International is so big they will just let it sit and rott and write it off as a lost.

UrbanWaterloo
03-09-2010, 05:44 PM
Freeport Health Centre Expansion
3570 King Street East, Kitchener

Kitchener-Waterloo-Barrie Labour Market Monitor: Service Canada, January 2009
http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/on/offices/1208lmb/kitchener.shtml
More than 120 staff will be needed to staff the expanded facility, including more than 60 nurses and five new psychiatrists.

Grand River Hospital marks start of Freeport mental health expansion
Freeport Hospital - 05/04/2009
http://www.grandriverhospital.on.ca/new/new-press-view.cfm?pressid=300

Grand River Hospital's Freeport Site is now in the midst of an exciting expansion and renovation to provide Waterloo Region residents with new mental health beds and services. Hospital staff, donors and guests gathered at Freeport today to officially celebrate the start of construction on the expansion. Dignitaries unveiled a ceremonial tree to be planted at the site to mark the growth of the new service.

Grand River Hospital was privileged to be joined by Michael Howlett, president and CEO of the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Mr. Howlett spoke about the key areas Canada needs to address in order to integrate and increase access to mental health care. He called the Grand River Hospital expansion a leading move in the right direction.

"It's my wish that this is one of many such celebrations, and that expanding mental health services becomes the rule in Canada, not the exception," Mr. Howlett said.

The project will provide 50 new beds and programs for mental health patients in the region. It will allow patients who now travel to London to remain closer to home for specialized care. It will serve patients 16 years of age and older who may need stays of up to three months as they receive treatment for a mental illness. Patients who receive treatment at the K-W Site's acute mental health unit typically stay for a much shorter period of a week or two.

Specific aspects of the expansion include:

A new 10 bed psycho-geriatrics assessment unit for elderly patients with a mental illness;
A new 33 bed unit for patients with a severe and persistent mental illness, as well as a seven bed transition unit; and
The development of mental health outpatient and outreach services on the site.

The new program will have flexibility to use beds for a range of mental health services, depending on the specific needs of the patient population.

New day programs to run at Freeport will help mental health patients who have received in-patient treatment and continue to need support as they live in their own homes in the community. This includes programs to help patients with personal, vocational, social, residential and educational skills along with services to improve their quality of life.

"The expansion of the Freeport Site to accommodate this new program and the enhancement of mental health services at the K-W Site will be welcome improvements for patients, families and health providers," said Kris Bailey, chair of the GRH Board. "I'm confident these improvements will enhance the care options available for patients and families, supported by a range of community mental health providers throughout the continuum of care."

The Government of Ontario had provided $11.9 million in construction funding for the expansion and renovation. Grand River Hospital was pleased when the Honourable John Milloy announced additional funding for the project at today’s event, bringing the government’s total contribution to $13.5 million.

Community donations raised through the Grand River Hospital Foundation will provide further funding to equip and furnish the new area for patients and families.

"Construction of the new mental health program at Freeport is a giant leap forward in increasing access to mental health services in our community," said Minister Milloy, the MPP for Kitchener Centre. "It is vital that we continue to work together as a community to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness and ensure individuals with a mental illness have access to the programs and support they need."

The expansion will add over 9,000 square feet to the Freeport building. Two floors of the Grand River Terrace wing will have renovations to accommodate the new programs and services. The renovations are scheduled to take about two years to complete.

"The specialized mental health project at Freeport will be a tremendous addition to the range of mental health services available locally," said Dr. John Heintzman, Grand River Hospital’s chief of psychiatry. "The level of support I’ve seen from health professionals and community providers for this new program has been outstanding. We are all very enthusiastic to see construction begin."

The specialized mental health service will focus on several recovery principles to guide the provision of care. The goal of this approach is to improve the quality of life for people with a mental illness. It focuses on helping them to assume as much responsibility over their lives as possible and to function actively and independently in society with respect and dignity.

"Our family has first-hand experience with the difficulties in supporting loved ones receiving care outside the community," said Elaine Paton, who spoke on behalf of families at the event. "This long-awaited service will be a welcome one, and will help families give the love, encouragement and support on a daily basis that patients need as they recover."


WWLHINformation - September 2009: http://www.waterloowellingtonlhin.on.ca/WorkArea/showcontent.aspx?id=3502
Several additional initiatives will add much-needed capacity to the system. They include the introduction of 50 longer term, mental health beds that will be moving from London to Grand River Hospital’s Freeport site in 2010, and the introduction of 16 new addictions supportive housing beds in 2009-2010.


March 9, 2010

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Urbanomicon
04-24-2010, 03:49 PM
It looks like the land at Westmount and the Conestoga Parkway was recently sold. There looks to be a possible construction trailer parked there as well as some storage sheds. I wonder what's going to be going in there.

http://i779.photobucket.com/albums/yy73/Urbanomicon/Westmount%20Development/WestmountDevelopment.jpg

UrbanWaterloo
04-24-2010, 04:00 PM
You're talking about the currently empty parcel of land to the north-east of the Howe Drive circle? If so that's a fairly large piece of land, I hope they put a tower fronting onto Westmount.

Just down the street 38 Howe Drive is set for demolition to be replaced with 10 residential townhouse duplex units. DEMOLITION CONTROL APPLICATION DC09/16/H/ATP: http://www.kitchener.ca/Files/Item/item18337_dts-10-052_.pdf

Urbanomicon
04-24-2010, 04:04 PM
You're talking about the currently empty parcel of land to the north-east of the Howe Drive circle?

Yeah, that's the one. I made a google map the has it highlighted, but I'm having some trouble getting it to show the highlighting.

Edit: Just took a screen shot.

Spokes
04-24-2010, 05:58 PM
Ya that'd be a decent place for some added density, although traffic access might be a concern

Shawn
05-23-2010, 06:43 PM
141 River Road

City of Kitchener

This property on the corner of River Road and Rosemount has stood vacant for years. It's being developed into 5 Units of Freehold Executive Townhouses. It's not a large development, but it seemed to happen with very little notice and is progressing along at a very quick pace of construction. They're being constructed by Will-O Homes (http://www.willohomes.com/index.php).

http://maps.google.ca/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=141+river+road,+kitchener,+ON&sll=49.891235,-97.15369&sspn=31.426188,79.013672&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=141+River+Rd+E,+Kitchener,+Waterloo+Regional +Municipality,+Ontario+N2B+2G9&ll=43.46125,-80.461459&spn=0.001077,0.002411&t=h&z=19&layer=c&cbll=43.461039,-80.461366&panoid=rKNXwpnTBLiUnbs4oqobaQ&cbp=12,340.54,,0,12.01

Front viewed from River Road
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Single Unit viewed from River Road
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Rear and Side viewed from Rosemount
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Urban_Enthusiast86
05-25-2010, 03:16 PM
The Highland Marketplace is already starting construction, as is the first building in the Ira Needles Shopping Centre.

Urbanomicon
06-17-2010, 02:06 PM
So I talked with some workers at Tim Hortons and it looks like the old Budd plant (Homer Watson & Bleams) has been bought. Although the workers weren't at liberty to tell me who the new owner is, they said "you'll be excited when you find out".

The only thing I've heard for possible use for that site was that it was being considered for wind turbine construction by Samsung (for a contract with the Ontario government).

Greg Moore
06-17-2010, 06:46 PM
The only thing I've heard for possible use for that site was that it was being considered for wind turbine construction by Samsung (for a contract with the Ontario government).

That blows. :D

jay
06-17-2010, 08:16 PM
better then the site sitting empty. Really what do you expect for it?. It has to be used for industrial use because of the headaches and costs of converting it to anything else.

Urbanomicon
06-17-2010, 08:51 PM
better then the site sitting empty. Really what do you expect for it?. It has to be used for industrial use because of the headaches and costs of converting it to anything else.


It's definitely still an industrial use. They were moving in a bunch of industrial equipment today.

UrbanWaterloo
06-25-2010, 03:01 PM
Government of Canada and Women's Crisis Services of Waterloo Region Break Ground on New Shelter in Kitchener
http://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/en/corp/nero/nere/2010/2010-06-24-1200a.cfm

KITCHENER, ON, June 24, 2010 — The Government of Canada, through Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), and Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region (WCSWR), held a ground-breaking ceremony today to celebrate the start of construction of “Anselma House”, a 45-bed shelter for women and children who are victims of family violence in the Region of Waterloo.

Stephen Woodworth, Member of Parliament for Kitchener Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation; Mary Zilney, Executive Director, Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region; along with invited guests attended today’s event.

“Our Government is committed to giving a hand-up to those who need it most here in Ontario”, said MP Stephen Woodworth. “That’s why we are proud to have invested in this facility which will help women and children in Kitchener access safe and suitable housing, and build a stronger future for themselves.”

The Government of Canada, through CMHC provided $500,000 to WCSWR through the Shelter Enhancement Program (SEP) and $10,000 in Seed Funding.

The SEP program assists in repairing, rehabilitating and improving existing shelters for women and their children, youth or men who are victims of family violence. It also provides financial assistance for the acquisition or construction of new shelters and second-stage housing where needed. Seed Funding offers financial assistance to housing proponents who are in the early stages of developing an affordable housing project.

The new Anselma House will be built on a 1.7 acre property at 700 Heritage Drive in Kitchener and will serve 45 women and children. The “Rebuild Anselma House…Rebuild Lives” campaign, led by the WCSWR, continues its efforts to achieve the fundraising goals for this project.

“Women’s Crisis Services is the only agency in Waterloo Region that provides emergency shelter to abused women and their children. The increasing number of women seeking our assistance highlights that domestic violence continues to be a very serious problem,” said Mary Zilney, Executive Director, Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region. “We are most grateful to CMHC and the Government of Canada, who have made a significant financial contribution in recognition of the critical need in our community.”

The WCSWR is a charitable organization that operates two emergency shelters for abused women and their children: Anselma House in Kitchener and Haven House in Cambridge plus a regional Outreach program. This is the only agency in the Waterloo Region that provides these services.WCSWR also offers programs, both individual and for groups, to become educated on violence and enhance skill development.

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation has been Canada's national housing agency for more than 60 years. CMHC is committed to helping Canadians access a wide choice of quality, affordable homes, while making vibrant, healthy communities and cities a reality across the country.

In 2008, the Government of Canada committed more than $1.9 billion over five years to improve and build new affordable housing and to help the homeless. As a part of this investment, the renovation programs for low-income households, including the Shelter Enhancement Program, were extended for two years. For Ontario this represents $73 million in federal funding for renovation programs off-reserve.

Canada’s Economic Action Plan builds on this with an additional one-time investment of more than $2 billion to build new and renovate existing social housing for low-income Canadians, plus up to $2 billion in loans to municipalities for housing-related infrastructure.

RangersFan
07-21-2010, 08:24 PM
While I do not know if these projects can be counted as small I do not know enough detail about them to provide serpate forums for them, they are all located on Victoria st. East.
1362 Victoria Street North Kitchener project with mutliple buildings located here (http://maps.google.ca/maps?hl=en&ie=UTF8&ll=43.470215,-80.445741&spn=0,0.001714&z=19&layer=c&cbll=43.470215,-80.445741&panoid=MWqpPjmfRKXTHADC3kBnFQ&cbp=12,343.9,,1,-2.38).
- Project managed by pm contracting
-Architect: SRM Architects Inc
-Other details: That Demolition Control Application DC08/06/V/AP requesting permission to demolish one single detached dwelling located at 1362 Victoria Street North, owned by 839653 Ontario Limited, legally described as Part Lot 122, GCT, be approved without conditions.



Besides Kolb's Green Thumb Nursery a development is underway and judging from google street view (http://maps.google.ca/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=1501+Victoria+Street+North+kitchener&sll=49.891235,-97.15369&sspn=24.114613,56.162109&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=1501+Victoria+St+N,+Kitchener,+Waterloo+Regi onal+Municipality,+Ontario+N2B+3E4&ll=43.47234,-80.439556&spn=0,0.013711&z=16&layer=c&cbll=43.472392,-80.439442&panoid=sObtNwaueJXRYu1koZTZYw&cbp=12,126.83,,0,2.31) it looks like it will be a self storage business.

KevinL
08-09-2010, 10:05 PM
It looks like the land at Westmount and the Conestoga Parkway was recently sold. There looks to be a possible construction trailer parked there as well as some storage sheds. I wonder what's going to be going in there.


We have an answer: New Habitat for Humanity housing project begins next week in Kitchener (http://news.therecord.com/News/Local/article/758296)

Five homes to be built. More at Habitat's site (http://www.hfhwr.ca/web/index.aspx).

This is quite close to me, I may look into volunteering!

Spokes
08-09-2010, 10:16 PM
We have an answer: New Habitat for Humanity housing project begins next week in Kitchener (http://news.therecord.com/News/Local/article/758296)

Five homes to be built. More at Habitat's site (http://www.hfhwr.ca/web/index.aspx).

This is quite close to me, I may look into volunteering!

And volunteering photos to WW? :RpS_biggrin:

KevinL
08-10-2010, 05:28 AM
And volunteering photos to WW? :RpS_biggrin:

Mais oui! :RpS_tongue:

Spokes
09-10-2010, 11:38 AM
A Tim Horton's is being built on the corner of Westmount and Victoria

Urbanomicon
09-10-2010, 11:46 AM
A Tim Horton's is being built on the corner of Westmount and Victoria

Is that where the Pizza Hut used to be?

I would normally comment that they are oversaturating the market with a location already at Westmount and Highland, but it's Tim Horton's, I don't think oversaturation is possible.

Spokes
09-10-2010, 11:48 AM
Is that where the Pizza Hut used to be?

I would normally comment that they are oversaturating the market with a location already at Westmount and Highland, but it's Tim Horton's, I don't think oversaturation is possible.

No the opposite corner. I guess it would be North East. There was a Williams Coffee Pub planned there about 3 years ago, but that died.

Duke-of-Waterloo
09-10-2010, 03:37 PM
No the opposite corner. I guess it would be North East. There was a Williams Coffee Pub planned there about 3 years ago, but that died.

I heard that Tim Hortons will be relocating the Highland and Westmount location here.

garthdanlor
09-10-2010, 03:48 PM
No the opposite corner. I guess it would be North East. There was a Williams Coffee Pub planned there about 3 years ago, but that died.
I seem to recall that there used to be a gas station on this corner so I wonder if there are any cleanup issues?

Duke-of-Waterloo
09-10-2010, 03:54 PM
I seem to recall that there used to be a gas station on this corner so I wonder if there are any cleanup issues?

I just think the neighbourhood wasn't the right "fit" for a Williams.

Spokes
09-10-2010, 07:26 PM
I seem to recall that there used to be a gas station on this corner so I wonder if there are any cleanup issues?

If there were they would have been done a while ago. The frame of the building is already up.

Spokes
09-10-2010, 07:26 PM
I just think the neighbourhood wasn't the right "fit" for a Williams.

Ahhh now THERE is an understatement haha.

Greg Moore
09-11-2010, 09:40 AM
I just think the neighbourhood wasn't the right "fit" for a Williams.

Care to explain?

BuildingScout
09-11-2010, 10:05 AM
I just think the neighbourhood wasn't the right "fit" for a Williams.

I used to think that until one time I found myself at a Williams in a "buffalo wings" type neighbourhood (can't remember where) and the place was packed. The customer profile was very different from that of every other Williams I've been to, but people enjoyed the fare all the same.

Duke-of-Waterloo
09-11-2010, 11:36 AM
All the Williams in the Region are found in major retail areas surrounded by many jobs, universities, and/or more white collar residential neighbourhoods. This one is in a more blue collar neighbourhood, far from major employment centres (i.e. business parks, downtown, universities). However, perfect fit for Tim Hortons, but they do well just about anywhere.

DHLawrence
09-11-2010, 04:11 PM
Coffee's coffee no matter who brews it.

RangersFan
09-14-2010, 07:16 AM
Neighbours oppose gas bar’s site approval
September 13, 2010 | Melinda Dalton, Record Staff

KITCHENER — Councillors have approved a zone change on Huron Road that will allow for a new gas bar in a source-water protected area.

The decision was met with opposition from neighbourhood residents and one councillor who said environmental concerns should trump outdated planning policies and the possibility the matter would be taken to the Ontario Municipal Board.

“It’s worth the fight to protect our environment and make sure we have the utmost protection of our water resources,” Coun. Kelly Galloway said in an interview after the meeting. “There’s certain things that we have to stand up and fight against. It doesn’t always come down to the ultimate buck. It’s got to come down to what’s best for our community. ”

The vacant lot, located on the southwest corner of Strasburg and Huron roads, is owned by Hallman Construction Inc. and is currently zoned for a business park.

That zoning dates back to the 1980s and already allows for manufacturing and service stations. It doesn’t allow for the kind of diversified commercial use the developer wants.

On Monday night, the development and technical services committee approved the change to a neighbourhood shopping centre zone for the southwest corner site and one also owned by Hallman on the opposite side of Huron Road. The change will allow for the building of a grocery store and the gas bar, among other amenities.

Unlike a gas station, a gas bar does not offer maintenance services and is therefore seen as less environmentally risky.

The area where the gas bar is being proposed is adjacent to Strasburg Creek and its flood plain. It falls within a Wellhead Protection Area.

Several residents voiced their opposition to the inclusion of the gas bar at the meeting and presented a petition with 90 signatures.

“We were so ignorant in the past with tossing horrid, poisonous things in the ground and in the lakes and waterways,” resident Ginny Quinn told the committee. “We cannot use ignorance as an excuse anymore. Every one of us must take extreme precautions at all times.”

Even though current zoning would have allowed for a gas station, Galloway said it was out of date and the city should have taken a stand to prohibit any new development that posed a risk to the ground water and nearby wetlands.

She pointed out that the Region’s new official plan, which has yet to get provincial approval, would not have allowed for a gas station because it’s located in a Source Water Protection Area.

Regional staff initially opposed the land use, but eventually said they would support it as long as there were no vehicle maintenance facilities on the site. The Grand River Conservation Authority did not oppose the zone change because no development was proposed on the flood plain or the wetland.

All councillors voted in favour of the zone change, but Galloway unsuccessfully motioned to have the gas bar removed from the permitted land use.

Mayor Carl Zehr and Coun. Berry Vrbanovic pointed out that the issue could end up before the Ontario Municipal Board if they were to oppose the gas bar, which would cost the city money and likely result in the same decision.

“If the zoning was not there today for this property, I would not be supporting this aspect of the zone change,” Vrbanovic said. “This is clearly one of those instances where there isn’t a very obvious black and white answer when you consider all the facts and, when I do consider all of them, I think the gas bar is probably the best scenario we can get at this point in time.”

Zehr added that there will be mitigation measures in place to reduce the risk of environmental damage and the city has to trust that those measures will be effective.

A representative for the developer told the committee that there are strict regulations on both infrastructure and monitoring at the provincial and municipal level that ensure the risk of any spill is minimized and damage can be addressed quickly.

That includes concrete pads and containment, stormwater management plans and building the gas reservoir tank above the water table.

Galloway said, regardless of the mitigation measures in place, the city shouldn’t be endorsing anything that has the potential to damage the water system.

“Sure there are mitigation efforts that will be taken into account and that’s great, if you’re willing to take that risk,” she said. “We’re talking about a water protection area and a wellhead protection area and any risk that is associated with this should just not be there.”

The zone change will come back to council for final approval on Monday.

neonjoe
09-14-2010, 07:37 AM
Small one,
McDonalds on Highland Rd. W. is rebuilding in on their front lawn. The new building will have a good street prescence since it is practically right on the sidewalk. Parking will probably be at the rear where the current restaurant stands.

UrbanWaterloo
09-24-2010, 08:50 AM
PERMIT IS FOR A SECOND STOREY ADDITION - YMCA - INCLUDES MECHANICAL AND ELECTRICAL - INCLUDES MAIN ENTRANCE RENOVATIONS
Permit No 10111944
Site Address 333 CARWOOD AVE
Status Issued
Permit Category Commercial Building
Permit Type Commercial Recreation
Application Date April 26, 2010
Issued By DIANNEC
Issue Date August 31, 2010
Work Proposed Addition - Non-Res
Construction Value $600,000

UrbanWaterloo
10-11-2010, 12:00 PM
Anselma House (700 Heritage Drive, Kitchener)

October 4, 2010

http://www.wonderfulwaterloo.com/wdrive/Developments/Kitchener/Suburban%20Kitchener/Anselma%20House/Anselma%20House%20%28700%20Heritage%20Drive%2C%20K itchener%29%20-%20October%204%2C%202010%20-%201%20Resized.JPGhttp://www.wonderfulwaterloo.com/wdrive/Developments/Kitchener/Suburban%20Kitchener/Anselma%20House/Anselma%20House%20%28700%20Heritage%20Drive%2C%20K itchener%29%20-%20October%204%2C%202010%20-%204%20Resized.JPG
http://www.wonderfulwaterloo.com/wdrive/Developments/Kitchener/Suburban%20Kitchener/Anselma%20House/Anselma%20House%20%28700%20Heritage%20Drive%2C%20K itchener%29%20-%20October%204%2C%202010%20-%203%20Resized.JPGhttp://www.wonderfulwaterloo.com/wdrive/Developments/Kitchener/Suburban%20Kitchener/Anselma%20House/Anselma%20House%20%28700%20Heritage%20Drive%2C%20K itchener%29%20-%20October%204%2C%202010%20-%202%20Resized.JPG

Shawn
10-12-2010, 10:23 AM
Royal Bank - Ottawa & River
1020 Ottawa Street North
Kitchener, ON, N2A 3Z3

This RBC branch is going through an expansion.

Permit No|10113024
Site Address|1020 OTTAWA ST N Unit A
Work Description|PERMIT IS FOR THE SHELL ONLY FOR A ONE STOREY ADDITION - ROYAL BANK - INCLUDES UNDERGROUND PLUMBING. A SEPARATE PERMIT IS REQUIRED FOR INTERIOR FINISHES WITH STAMPED P.ENG MECHANICAL AND ELECTRICAL D
Status|Issued
Permit Category|Commercial Building
Permit Type|Personal Services
Application Date|May 09, 2010
Issue Date|August 24, 2010
Special Conditions|All work shall comply with the 2006 Building Code Plumbing work to be carried out by a Plumbing Contractor Licensed by The City of Kitchener. See notes on drawings.
Contractor|AMARI GENERAL CONTRACTING




October 9th, 2010


http://www.wonderfulwaterloo.com/wdrive/Developments/Kitchener/Suburban%20Kitchener/Stanley%20Park%20neighbourhood/RBC%20expansion%201.JPG


http://www.wonderfulwaterloo.com/wdrive/Developments/Kitchener/Suburban%20Kitchener/Stanley%20Park%20neighbourhood/RBC%20expansion%202.JPGhttp://www.wonderfulwaterloo.com/wdrive/Developments/Kitchener/Suburban%20Kitchener/Stanley%20Park%20neighbourhood/RBC%20expansion%203.JPG
http://www.wonderfulwaterloo.com/wdrive/Developments/Kitchener/Suburban%20Kitchener/Stanley%20Park%20neighbourhood/RBC%20expansion%204.JPGhttp://www.wonderfulwaterloo.com/wdrive/Developments/Kitchener/Suburban%20Kitchener/Stanley%20Park%20neighbourhood/RBC%20expansion%205.JPG

Shawn
10-23-2010, 12:40 PM
Royal Bank - Ottawa & River
1020 Ottawa Street North
Kitchener, ON, N2A 3Z3


October 23, 2010

http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af306/shawnwm/October%202010/RBCStanleyParkOctober232010-2.jpg

http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af306/shawnwm/October%202010/RBCStanleyParkOctober232010-3.jpg

http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af306/shawnwm/October%202010/RBCStanleyParkOctober232010-4.jpg

KevinL
10-31-2010, 02:33 PM
Kaufman Family YMCA Renovation

October 31, 2010

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4046/5132916314_f413bfe21e_z.jpg
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4147/5132316955_2a8d95ef04_z.jpg
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4001/5132919540_79b00911ea_z.jpg

Basically, the entire addition (currently housing the weights room) from about 5 years ago is getting a second storey.

neonjoe
12-11-2010, 04:05 PM
A building is under construction in the Williamsburg Town Centre on Max Becker Dr. across from Max Becker Common.
The location is here...
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=315+Max+Becker+Drive,+Kitchener,+Ontario,+Canada&sll=43.404634,-80.502094&sspn=0.004552,0.009431&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=315+Max+Becker+Dr,+Kitchener,+Waterloo+Regio nal+Municipality,+Ontario+N2E+4G2,+Canada&ll=43.404634,-80.502094&spn=0.009042,0.018861&t=h&z=16&layer=c&cbll=43.40471,-80.501972&panoid=a3UsjYxNvMop1frfgb-83w&cbp=12,150.26,,0,5
It has quite a deep foundation, it appears that the level below ground may be for parking as its open in the back. On the site plan it says the building is a Mixed Use Building. Has anyone seen any plans for it?

See
http://www.rbjschlegel.com/images/stories/WilliamsburgTC/flyer1108.pdf

Urban_Enthusiast86
12-11-2010, 09:03 PM
See http://www.rbjschlegel.com/images/stories/WilliamsburgTC/flyer1108.pdf

Neat. I had no idea Williamsburg town centre was planned as a high density node.

benjaminbach
12-12-2010, 08:20 AM
Neat. I had no idea Williamsburg town centre was planned as a high density node.

Anytime you have a new school...

KLM
12-12-2010, 07:28 PM
A building is under construction in the Williamsburg Town Centre on Max Becker Dr. across from Max Becker Common.
The location is here...
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=315+Max+Becker+Drive,+Kitchener,+Ontario,+Canada&sll=43.404634,-80.502094&sspn=0.004552,0.009431&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=315+Max+Becker+Dr,+Kitchener,+Waterloo+Regio nal+Municipality,+Ontario+N2E+4G2,+Canada&ll=43.404634,-80.502094&spn=0.009042,0.018861&t=h&z=16&layer=c&cbll=43.40471,-80.501972&panoid=a3UsjYxNvMop1frfgb-83w&cbp=12,150.26,,0,5
It has quite a deep foundation, it appears that the level below ground may be for parking as its open in the back. On the site plan it says the building is a Mixed Use Building. Has anyone seen any plans for it?

See
http://www.rbjschlegel.com/images/stories/WilliamsburgTC/flyer1108.pdf

I was wondering whats going on there since I live near to that plaza.
I agree on your comments even though I went to contractors site but no info.Funny enough i wanted to take some pictures on friday but I didnt.
Thanks for info.

RangersFan
12-22-2010, 10:01 AM
Stanley Park school faces possible demolition
By Luisa D’Amato, Record staff
Tue Dec 21 2010

KITCHENER — Stanley Park Public School is being considered for demolition by the public school board—even though the school is 97 per cent full, it’s in good physical shape, and it would cost $4 million more to tear it down than to choose another solution.

The only reason it’s on the chopping block is that it’s just for Grade 7 and 8 students, and those schools aren’t in fashion any more.

The rest of the article can be read here (http://www.therecord.com/news/local/article/304308--stanley-park-school-faces-possible-demolition)

Shawn
12-22-2010, 10:36 AM
The only reason it's on the chopping block is that it's just for Grade 7 and 8 students, and those schools aren't in fashion any more.


Hmmm, when did Middle Schools fall out of fashion? Also, since when is it better to spend $4 million to demolish a school that's 97% full, rather than 'grandfather' it or convert it to a K-Gr8 school?

Google Street View (http://maps.google.ca/maps?hl=en&q=191+Hickson+Dr.,+kitchener,+ON&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=191+Hickson+Dr,+Kitchener,+Waterloo+Regional +Municipality,+Ontario&gl=ca&ll=43.454082,-80.448267&spn=0,0.019248&t=h&z=16&layer=c&cbll=43.454082,-80.448267&panoid=3XJcA5OLhqqWZ6JGgP1MrA&cbp=12,147.31,,0,5)

Spokes
12-22-2010, 10:46 AM
Hmmm, when did Middle Schools fall out of fashion? Also, since when is it better to spend $4 million to demolish a school that's 97% full, rather than 'grandfather' it or convert it to a K-Gr8 school?

Google Street View (http://maps.google.ca/maps?hl=en&q=191+Hickson+Dr.,+kitchener,+ON&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=191+Hickson+Dr,+Kitchener,+Waterloo+Regional +Municipality,+Ontario&gl=ca&ll=43.454082,-80.448267&spn=0,0.019248&t=h&z=16&layer=c&cbll=43.454082,-80.448267&panoid=3XJcA5OLhqqWZ6JGgP1MrA&cbp=12,147.31,,0,5)

In the education industry, they have been for a while as far as the development of the students.

Now, does it make sense to get rid of Stanley? No, not now at least.

neonjoe
12-24-2010, 09:21 AM
I went for a walk this morning and saw that they had signs up at the construction site in the Williamsburg Town Centre. The site is the one I mentioned before.
The new building is a Goodlife Fitness, I had my iPhone along so I snapped some pictures.

From the corner of Commonwealth St and Max Becker Dr.
http://i1196.photobucket.com/albums/aa402/Joe_Preiditsch/1f6217f7.jpg

Across the street from the construction site, at Max Becker Common
http://i1196.photobucket.com/albums/aa402/Joe_Preiditsch/aa663535.jpg

Render
http://i1196.photobucket.com/albums/aa402/Joe_Preiditsch/f86d9b30.jpg

Also a picture of the 800 building since I don't think we have any on here yet, this includes one of my favourite Suburban Pubs.
http://i1196.photobucket.com/albums/aa402/Joe_Preiditsch/8f535e78.jpg

Duke-of-Waterloo
01-04-2011, 06:55 PM
55 Woolwich Street: January 2, 2011

http://img691.imageshack.us/img691/6592/img2011010200403.jpg

Urban_Enthusiast86
01-04-2011, 10:41 PM
As one of the more successful examples of new urbanism in the region, the development of the Williamsburg area definitely interests me. While not perfect, the retail has a better relationship to the streetscape than it does in most other places. Does anyone know the extent of the residential densities proposed for the area? How many buildings, maximum height, etc.

I think suburban development of this nature would really help in the viability of something like a Fischer-Hallman express bus, which I know has been discussed before.

Shawn
01-05-2011, 06:46 PM
Royal Bank - Ottawa & River
1020 Ottawa Street North
Kitchener, ON, N2A 3Z3

January 5th, 2011

http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af306/shawnwm/RBCStanleyParkJanuary52011-1.jpg

http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af306/shawnwm/RBCStanleyParkJanuary52011-2.jpg

http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af306/shawnwm/RBCStanleyParkJanuary52011-3.jpg

Shawn
01-10-2011, 02:31 PM
Anselma House (700 Heritage Drive, Kitchener)
Rebuild Anselma (http://www.rebuildanselma.com/?cms_action=view&cms_id=29)

January 10th, 2010

http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af306/shawnwm/AnselmaHouseJanuary102010-2.jpg http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af306/shawnwm/AnselmaHouseJanuary102010-3.jpg

http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af306/shawnwm/AnselmaHouseJanuary102010-4.jpg http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af306/shawnwm/AnselmaHouseJanuary102010-5.jpg

http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af306/shawnwm/AnselmaHouseJanuary102010-6.jpg

The projected completion date is March 2011. Looks like they'll definitely have the outside complete by then and a good start on the inside. I like the stone brickwork. It's a much bigger development than I expected to see.

UrbanWaterloo
02-09-2011, 07:50 PM
Breithaupt Centre 25-yard pool re-opening mid-March
City of Kitchener | February 9, 2011 | Link (http://www.kitchener.ca/en/newslist/index.aspx?newsId=nvThFPlUsY6QaVEyzKN47t71AeQuAleQ uAl)

The 25-yard pool at the Breithaupt Centre, which was scheduled to reopen in February, will remain closed until mid-March due to construction delays.

The closure will impact swimming lessons in the 25-yard pool. The lessons, which are scheduled to begin in late February, will be delayed 3-4 weeks. Lessons and swims in the centre’s exercise pool remain unaffected.

Registrants who will experience any changes to their swimming lesson schedules are being notified and presented with alternatives by city staff over the next few days.

Recreational swims will not be held at Breithaupt until the 25-yard pool reopens in March.

The Breithaupt pool renovation includes filter system upgrades, complete re-piping, and pool tank upgrades to the 25-yard pool. The main floor will be re-modeled to include a family changeroom, upgraded accessible washrooms and renovated men’s and women’s changerooms.

The delays include work needed to address unanticipated structural issues encountered during the construction and the unexpected need for redesigned plumbing and electrical systems to accommodate the family change room renovations.

metropolis
02-28-2011, 12:25 PM
Kitchener Honda is moving to this location (centre bottom of the image) from their current location on King St. just before it turns into Hwy 8. The old site may present an interesting redevelopment opportunity. I've heard rumors also that owners of the old dealer site are the same people who sold Fusion Homes the lot just a little further up King St. that is to become a condo so prosepcts for redevelopment are good.

http://img229.imageshack.us/img229/8603/helicopter010ot7.jpg

KevinL
03-03-2011, 05:05 PM
This lot (http://maps.google.ca/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=bleams+%26+fallowfield&aq=&sll=43.488591,-80.359181&sspn=0.264526,0.493698&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Bleams+Rd+%26+Fallowfield+Dr,+Kitchener,+Wat erloo+Regional+Municipality,+Ontario&ll=43.411205,-80.45743&spn=0.008277,0.023603&t=h&z=16&layer=c&cbll=43.411088,-80.457363&panoid=XJ9hNPe9TYRA5IMLZJuJ4w&cbp=12,295.36,,0,5) has just been cleared (snow/topsoil/vegetation removed), presumably some form of development starting up.

Yay for spring!

UrbanWaterloo
03-14-2011, 07:12 AM
It looks like Liaison College Kitchener Campus (www.liaisonkitchener.ca) will be moving to Charles & Ottawa (into the building that houses the City Cafe Bakery) from their current location at 1780 King Street East, Kitchener.

PERMIT IS FOR AN INTERIOR FINISH FOR A COMMERCIAL SCHOOL - LIAISON COLLEGE. INCLUDES ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL.
Permit No 11106778
Site Address 50 OTTAWA ST S Unit C7
Status Status Letter Sent
Permit Category Non-Residential Alteration
Permit Type Commercial
Application Date February 07, 2011
Issued By
Issue Date
Final Date
Work Proposed Interior Finish
Construction Value $187,000
Contractor WILKINSON CONSTRUCTION SERVICES INC
Contractor Contact Info 323 KINGSTON RD TORONTO ON M4L 1T8 phone 416-449-4441 phone2 416-449-442

RangersFan
04-03-2011, 06:31 PM
Today I seen a rather large building under construction just to the east of the highway near this area (http://maps.google.ca/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Heffner+Court,+Kitchener,+Ontario&aq=0&sll=44.824708,-85.869141&sspn=10.62835,19.665527&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Heffner+Ct,+Kitchener,+Waterloo+Regional+Mun icipality,+Ontario&ll=43.425273,-80.432365&spn=0,0.002401&z=19&layer=c&cbll=43.425273,-80.432365&panoid=wCDKRe4dsX5NvlC_D1zDqg&cbp=12,30.09,,0,22.5). Google street view does not seem to work in that area, does anyone know anymore information on this project?

Also there is this (http://maps.google.ca/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Ottawa+Street+North,+Kitchener,+Ontario&aq=0&sll=43.427681,-80.429479&sspn=0.001336,0.002401&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Ottawa+St+N,+Kitchener,+Ontario&ll=43.437768,-80.476036&spn=0,0.002401&z=19&layer=c&cbll=43.437689,-80.476126&panoid=oVcYjN2wlGsR-PPf4hGMng&cbp=12,102.4,,0,-0.37)interesting building on the corner of Ottawa st and Bedford Rd, does anyone have any information on this?

RangersFan
04-07-2011, 12:14 PM
Today I seen a rather large building under construction just to the east of the highway near this area (http://maps.google.ca/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Heffner+Court,+Kitchener,+Ontario&aq=0&sll=44.824708,-85.869141&sspn=10.62835,19.665527&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Heffner+Ct,+Kitchener,+Waterloo+Regional+Mun icipality,+Ontario&ll=43.425273,-80.432365&spn=0,0.002401&z=19&layer=c&cbll=43.425273,-80.432365&panoid=wCDKRe4dsX5NvlC_D1zDqg&cbp=12,30.09,,0,22.5). Google street view does not seem to work in that area, does anyone know anymore information on this project?


This development now has a thread dedicated to it located here (http://www.wonderfulwaterloo.com/showthread.php?t=1109&p=28403#post28403).

RangersFan
04-08-2011, 01:26 PM
An add (http://www.cbcworldwide.com/media/listing-fs/1/6/3/4653163_1.pdf) for an office conversion near Highland and Ira Needles

neonjoe
04-09-2011, 03:03 PM
The Westmount Retirement Community has a pretty substantial 3 storey expansion underway.
http://i1196.photobucket.com/albums/aa402/Joe_Preiditsch/61a9e9d2.jpg
http://i1196.photobucket.com/albums/aa402/Joe_Preiditsch/b641f38a.jpg

Located Here

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=the+westmount+retirement+kitchener&aq=&sll=43.448384,-80.529954&sspn=0.017853,0.037723&g=the+westmount+kitchener&ie=UTF8&hq=the+westmount+retirement&hnear=Kitchener,+Waterloo+Regional+Municipality,+O ntario,+Canada&ll=43.406606,-80.51876&spn=0.004271,0.009431&t=h&z=17&iwloc=A&layer=c&cbll=43.406606,-80.51876&panoid=i3uzKxcxoPxw4U80Pwu63A&cbp=12,97.62,,0,0

Urbanomicon
04-09-2011, 10:38 PM
The Westmount Retirement Community has a pretty substantial 3 storey expansion underway.


I walked by this development today. It's going up at a pretty good speed. I think it will be ready to open by the fall.

UrbanWaterloo
05-30-2011, 12:12 PM
Public information session Bridgeport Community Centre
City of Kitchener | Link (http://www.kitchener.ca/en/newslist/index.aspx?newsId=koEy0dlPlUscMr5lA5HcwMss7bjdweQu AleQuAl)

Kitchener residents are invited to learn the latest news on the Bridgeport Community Centre expansion and renovation project during a public information session, Tuesday, May 31, at 7 p.m., at Bridgeport Public School, located at 59 Bridge St. W.

During the meeting, City of Kitchener staff will update guests on the project’s progress, share anticipated completion timelines and answer questions.

The expansion and renovation of Bridgeport community centre was one of 16 local projects that received infrastructure stimulus funding through a three-way partnership between the city, the Province of Ontario and the Government of Canada.

However, since the stimulus funding was awarded, a number of unforeseen factors caused the city to revise the original plans. These issues have been resolved, allowing the project to move forward.

When complete, the expansion of the Bridgeport community centre will enable more programming out of this facility, which will enhance quality of life in the neighbourhood.

For more information, please call Fabienne Prior at the Victoria Hills Community Centre (519) 741-2720, email fabienne.prior@kitchener.ca, or visit kitchener.ca - search word ‘Bridgeport.’

What: Public information session - Bridgeport community centre renovation
Date: Tuesday, May 31, 2011 | 7 p.m.
Location: Bridgeport public school, 59 Bridge St. W., Kitchener

RangersFan
06-03-2011, 07:21 AM
The property at 1424 HIGHLAND RD W, Kitchener has been sold recently and yesterday when driving bye I seen their was a sign advertising a development from Savic Homes.

Savic homes website reveals an ad that says "COMING SOON! Highland Road - Apartment and Townhomes"

RangersFan
06-05-2011, 09:12 AM
The property at 1424 HIGHLAND RD W, Kitchener has been sold recently and yesterday when driving bye I seen their was a sign advertising a development from Savic Homes.

Savic homes website reveals an ad that says "COMING SOON! Highland Road - Apartment and Townhomes"

http://i907.photobucket.com/albums/ac273/leaffan431/small developments/Savichomes.jpg

TripleQ
06-05-2011, 08:11 PM
I hope that's a play on the name of the community or something.. because if not..

RangersFan
09-18-2011, 11:23 AM
There is some activity going on along this side of King St (http://maps.google.ca/maps?q=riverbank+dr+kitchener&hl=en&ll=43.419404,-80.409011&spn=0.001603,0.002411&t=m&z=19&vpsrc=6&layer=c&cbll=43.419404,-80.409011&panoid=5pt49HkQ53CrN6-FfyuCBg&cbp=12,109.25,,0,0)across the st from Grand Valley Garden Village. Does anyone know whats happening there?

mpd618
09-18-2011, 03:42 PM
There is some activity going on along this side of King St (http://maps.google.ca/maps?q=riverbank+dr+kitchener&hl=en&ll=43.419404,-80.409011&spn=0.001603,0.002411&t=m&z=19&vpsrc=6&layer=c&cbll=43.419404,-80.409011&panoid=5pt49HkQ53CrN6-FfyuCBg&cbp=12,109.25,,0,0)across the st from Grand Valley Garden Village. Does anyone know whats happening there?

That would be the new location to which Kitchener Honda is moving (http://www.therecord.com/news/local/article/580596--honda-dealership-moving-to-edge-of-city).

bzmwillemsen
09-26-2011, 04:24 PM
There has been a lot of construction and demolition going on at 63 Glasgow.

Anyone have any idea what's going on there?

I'll try to take a picture next time I'm in the area.

RangersFan
09-26-2011, 06:52 PM
There has been a lot of construction and demolition going on at 63 Glasgow.

Anyone have any idea what's going on there?

I'll try to take a picture next time I'm in the area.

In the housing market thread, Benjamin mentioned something about a 66 unit development on Glasgow, so it could be that.

KevinL
10-08-2011, 09:02 AM
By the end of the summer, the Chandler Drive operations of the city's Public Works department had moved out. All infrastructure on that former property (between Chandler and the Parkway, near the corner with Strasburg) has now been removed (buildings demolished, tanks dug up).

In fact, work has started (surveying, grading, utilities installation) on the Chandler re-alignment - it is to be shifted onto that old property, closer to the parkway, and the land then freed up will be used to expand the GRT garage. Interesting stuff!

pmsilva
10-09-2011, 02:09 PM
I just resently noticed that the lands at the corner of Lackner and Fairway have been sold. The lands I believe belonged to Lawbaws in the past, anyone know who bought it and what might be going in since it is zoned commercial.

KevinL
10-17-2011, 08:37 AM
In fact, work has started (surveying, grading, utilities installation) on the Chandler re-alignment - it is to be shifted onto that old property, closer to the parkway, and the land then freed up will be used to expand the GRT garage. Interesting stuff!

Further to this, the relevant section of Chandler was closed this morning for 3 weeks to reroute utilities, etc. Bus riders should note that the Route 3 is detouring by going straight along Ottawa (bypassing Strasburg-Chandler-Elmsdale).

RangersFan
10-19-2011, 07:20 PM
Kieswetter for Mazda, has been under going some extensive reconstruction over the past few months. Render's of the finished project can be seen on their website (http://kieswettermazda.com/Construction_Sale.php).

Section ThirtyOne
10-19-2011, 09:28 PM
So basically it's going to look the same as the old buildings, the difference being an extension linking the two.

And i'm sure the sideways rain we've been getting lately is great for all of that exposed drywall. :RpS_lol:

1231
10-20-2011, 01:35 PM
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RangersFan
10-29-2011, 01:08 PM
Not really suburban but Loyalty Auto Sales located at 450 Belmont Ave is undergoing an expansion, could not find any details about this development on their website.

RangersFan
10-29-2011, 01:19 PM
Cornerstone
Mid-Rise Condominium - 62 Units
Block Line and Homer Watson, Kitchener
Developer: Reid's Heritage Homes
http://www.reidsheritagehomes.com/community/cornerstone/

http://brooklynhomesinc.ca/uploadedImages/Community/Cornerstone/logo_cornerstone.jpg


Waterloo Region Record - February 13, 2010 - H8
http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss203/UrbanWaterloo/Kitchener/Cornerstone-WaterlooRegionRecord-Sa.png

Floorplans: http://www.reidsheritagehomes.com/community/cornerstone/floorplans.aspx

Features and Finishes: http://www.reidsheritagehomes.com/uploadedFiles/Community/Cornerstone/Features_and_Finishes/Cornerstone-Features.pdf

Site Plan - February 4, 2010: http://www.reidsheritagehomes.com/uploadedfiles/community/Cornerstone/Site_Plan/cs-siteplan.pdf
http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss203/UrbanWaterloo/Kitchener/Cornerstone-SitePlan-February42010.png

FootPrint - January 29, 2010: http://www.reidsheritagehomes.com/uploadedfiles/community/Cornerstone/Site_Plan/Cornerstone-FootPrint.pdf
http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss203/UrbanWaterloo/Kitchener/Cornerstone-FootPrint-January292010.png

Price List - February 5, 2010: http://www.reidsheritagehomes.com/uploadedFiles/Community/Cornerstone/Download_Centre/Cornerstone-Pricing.pdf
http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss203/UrbanWaterloo/Kitchener/Cornerstone-PriceList-February52010.png

Can't find any info about this development anymore on their website.

RangersFan
10-29-2011, 01:19 PM
Billboard going up by the Block Line / Homer Watson roundabout today. It's for a new townhouse development. No picture but here's a link to the site (http://www.millcreekvillage.ca/) (Just a registration form at the moment).

This may be replacing this previously proposed development (above).

RangersFan
04-11-2012, 07:29 PM
It looks like Star Fencing is building a new office on Victoria St.

RangersFan
04-24-2012, 06:30 PM
There is a condo townhouse development proposed for 20 Westmount Dr, Kitchener, I seen a sign for it when passing by on the weekend.
Some details about the development are listed on the link below:
http://remaxtwincity.ca/viewlisting.php?id=389151

UrbanWaterloo
05-17-2012, 09:01 AM
There's a small infill project at 91 Dixon Street, Kitchener. The developer is Aberdeen Homes (http://www.aberdeenhomes.ca). The construction value of the 8 apartment units is $1,100,000.

91 Dixon Street, Kitchener


May 14,2012

http://wonderfulwaterloo.com/wdrive/Developments/Kitchener/Suburban%20Kitchener/91%20Dixon%20Street/91%20Dixon%20Street,%20Kitchener%20-%20May%2014,%202012%20-%201a%20R.jpg

http://wonderfulwaterloo.com/wdrive/Developments/Kitchener/Suburban%20Kitchener/91%20Dixon%20Street/91%20Dixon%20Street,%20Kitchener%20-%20May%2014,%202012%20-%202b%20R.jpg

http://wonderfulwaterloo.com/wdrive/Developments/Kitchener/Suburban%20Kitchener/91%20Dixon%20Street/91%20Dixon%20Street,%20Kitchener%20-%20May%2014,%202012%20-%203a%20R.jpg

markster
05-17-2012, 09:29 AM
That's pretty hilarious.

So, my guess on what happened here:
It was originally planned as a 3 storey, but the owner later on decided to add a floor, but didn't want to pay for extensively redrawn plans, and/or a stronger base structure. Therefore the architect came back with a lightweight 4th floor that is effectively no different from a post-construction addition.

I dislike how the first storey is half in the ground, and it is effectively on a half-story "hill".
Sounds like it was a creative solution to height restrictions. "It's not 3 storey! It's 2 with a half-sunken basement."

KevinL
05-17-2012, 12:59 PM
If that is the final roofline, then yes, this is mind-bogglingly hideous.

Slippery Pete
05-17-2012, 03:40 PM
I agree it is hideous. Simply adding a common sloped shingle roof would have made it look much better.

panamaniac
05-18-2012, 08:47 PM
That is bad enough to make me long for that ugly mansard roof that was the butt of negative comment in the forum last year. If those are two storey units, as would appear, it's almost like a weird hybrid of apartment and stacked townhouse.

DHLawrence
05-18-2012, 10:50 PM
Words fail me...

mpd618
07-05-2012, 10:53 PM
A townhouse row has popped up at 93 Gage Ave, just east of the Iron Horse Trail. I don't remember seeing it here.

panamaniac
07-10-2012, 02:28 PM
That would be the new location to which Kitchener Honda is moving (http://www.therecord.com/news/local/article/580596--honda-dealership-moving-to-edge-of-city).

Drove by this one this morning but didn't have my camera with me. The building, which is pretty far along, looks like standard stuff, but the retaining walls are impressive - the joys of building on a hillside.

metropolis
07-11-2012, 09:03 AM
Drove by this one this morning but didn't have my camera with me. The building, which is pretty far along, looks like standard stuff, but the retaining walls are impressive - the joys of building on a hillside.

This is an impressive site in a number of ways. The site has a a creek that is part of the Grand River watershed crosscrossing it so the owners had to push the dealership up the hill and keep the lot where the vehicles will be kept closer to King Street. A small bridge will be built to to get up to the dealership.

Grand River Conservation Authority's environmental standards had to be met to build a delarship here.

A side benefit to all this, that I am not sure was intentional, is that when you crest the hill just past the Fairway Road exit on Hwy 8 this store is now a very prominent presence in the distance. There will be few in town who don't know of it before long.

skyhook19
07-11-2012, 04:36 PM
A side benefit to all this, that I am not sure was intentional, is that when you crest the hill just past the Fairway Road exit on Hwy 8 this store is now a very prominent presence in the distance. There will be few in town who don't know of it before long.

Yes, I noticed this today. Everyone is going to be thinking Honda on the way out of Kitchener.

RangersFan
08-06-2012, 08:55 PM
A couple of buildings are under construction not sure of the details on either though.

The Pharma Plus on Highland Rd looks like it us under going a major face lift it is a couple months in.
Kitchener Wilmont Hydro Office at 301 Victoria also looks like it is under going some construction.

The Comeback Kid
08-14-2012, 02:30 PM
Have you all seen this yet?

From the Record Online:

http://www.therecord.com/news/local/article/779948--kitchener-wary-of-big-box-plan-at-former-budd-site
Kitchener wary of big-box plan at former Budd site KITCHENER — A developer wants to build a big-box-style commercial destination on the site of the former Budd plant at Homer Watson Boulevard and Bleams Road.
But city staff oppose the plan saying large industrial sites are increasingly rare and zoning laws should not be changed to accommodate the mixed-use development.
After listening to long presentations Monday from planning staff and the developer’s representatives, city councillors called for more information and deferred the issue to next month.
The developer, a numbered company, needs an amendment to the city’s Official Plan—a massive document that governs land-use across the city—and changes to the zoning bylaw.
The developer wants to build the mixed-use-commercial buildings on about 11.4 hectares (28 acres) of land with 28,515-square-metres (306,821-square-feet) of commercial space. A grocery store with about 4,645-square-metres (49,980-square-feet) would be one of the anchor tenants.
The entire site of the former auto-parts factory is almost 50 hectares (123 acres). Budd Park is located on about 9.5 hectares (23 acres). Kitchener Frame was located there before closing in 2009.
Following 2010 inventory of employment lands this property was classified as protected because it so well suited for industrial activities.
It is the largest piece of industrial land in the city and is serviced by railway lines, arterial roads and is a short drive from the 401, Juliane von Westerholt, a senior planner at the city, said in a presentation to councillors.
“Once removed from the inventory of protected-employment lands they would likely never be recovered,” Westerholt said.
Industrial jobs that boost exports are more important to the local economy than retail jobs, she said.
“It is imperative that these lands be retained for employment,” Westerholt said.
The commercial development will leave more than half of the site for new industrial uses, Greg Priamo, a planning consultant, said in a presentation to councillors.
Priamo said it is unlikely a single company will take the entire site and there has not been a line-up of developers for the property.
Priamo, the principal planner at Zelinka Priamo Ltd., said the proposed development will be a show-case, mixed-use-commercial node.
Based on the comments and questions from city councillors the developer’s plans for the site will likely be rejected next month. If that happens, the developer can appeal to a provincial tribunal that rules on land-use disputes—the Ontario Municipal Board.
Mayor Carol Zehr made it clear where he stands.
“Unless there is a drastic change in the information that we receive, I can not support this zone change,” Zehr said. “We must maintain those lands for long-term purposes.”

The Comeback Kid
08-14-2012, 02:32 PM
Seriously though - I could throw a baseball from this site to Fairway road. I though we could corral all this crap there and save the rest of the city.

bcwessel
08-14-2012, 03:02 PM
Seriously though - I could throw a baseball from this site to Fairway road. I though we could corral all this crap there and save the rest of the city.

When the article was listing all of the transportation infrastructure that make this site ideally suited for industrial activity, it forgot to list that the edge of the property is barely more than a kilometre from what will be the Shelley/Blockline LRT station. The article also forgot to mention that we should done wasting money (and opportunity) on big box development, regardless of where it's located.

marko
08-14-2012, 05:55 PM
A grocery store with about 4,645-square-metres (49,980-square-feet) would be one of the anchor tenants.

There is a Sobeys, two Zehrs, a No Frills, a FreshCo and a Food Basics within a 3km radius of this location. Another grocery store is the last thing needed.

KevinL
08-14-2012, 07:03 PM
I see no need for this level of commercial here, no. The entire surroundings is either low-density industrial, green space, or suburban residentail. Good on the city for sticking to their guns - this should remain industrial and give us the kind of use we need here, not what some developer dreams up.

RangersFan
08-15-2012, 08:09 PM
A couple of buildings are under construction not sure of the details on either though.

The Pharma Plus on Highland Rd looks like it us under going a major face lift it is a couple months in.
Kitchener Wilmont Hydro Office at 301 Victoria also looks like it is under going some construction.


Kitchener Wilmot Hydro August 14, 2012

It is hard to see what is happening due to the large perimeter fence, but it looks like an addition is taking place.

136913701371

UrbanWaterloo
08-29-2012, 08:10 AM
487 East Avenue
Description (http://www.kitchener.ca/en/newslist/index.aspx?corpId=I82X5exjK422E8HPlUsqZdAJgeQuAleQ uAl&newsId=sGEnrTOYdyqwgPlUsQnu4yJBweQuAleQuAl): Five Unit Townhouse and Three Story Duplex

August 24, 2012

http://wonderfulwaterloo.com/wdrive/Developments/Kitchener/Suburban%20Kitchener/487%20East%20Avenue/August%2024,%202012/061%20R.jpg

http://wonderfulwaterloo.com/wdrive/Developments/Kitchener/Suburban%20Kitchener/487%20East%20Avenue/August%2024,%202012/073%20R.jpg

http://wonderfulwaterloo.com/wdrive/Developments/Kitchener/Suburban%20Kitchener/487%20East%20Avenue/August%2024,%202012/085%20R.jpg

mpd618
08-29-2012, 08:27 AM
Floor space ratio of 0.635? What a poor use of space.

4Kitchener
08-29-2012, 03:44 PM
Floor space ratio of 0.635? What a poor use of space.

Much better then what was there, mind you it will be an interesting use of space to see unfold. Any drawings on this one? and whens the completion date??

DHLawrence
08-29-2012, 03:58 PM
Dare we hope for a Flatiron Building homage?

markster
08-29-2012, 04:31 PM
Permission to construct a five unit townhouse and three story duplex on an irregular shaped lot having a lot width of 9.6m (31.50‘) rather than the required 15.0m (49.21‘); a rear yard setback on the five unit townhouse of 2.5m (8.2‘) rather than the required 7.5m (24.61‘); a floor space ratio of 0.635 rather than the permitted 0.6; permission for parking spaces and aisles to be located 0.185m (0.61’) from the street line along Weber Street East and East Avenue rather than the required 3m (9.84’); and, a side yard setback along Weber Street East and East Avenue for the three story duplex of 2.6m (8.53‘) rather than the permitted 3m (9.84’).
A Flatiron composed of parked cars, perhaps.
The 0.635 floor space ratio makes a lot of sense when you see that they are already getting an adjustment up from 0.6. Much more, and they'd have to do a rezoning.

KevinL
08-29-2012, 04:44 PM
Forgive me, I have no idea what floor space ratio refers to. Could someone fill me in?

markster
08-29-2012, 05:34 PM
The Floor Space Ratio (FSR) is the ratio of land area to floor space in the building (the Gross Floor Area). That includes space taken up by walls and unusable alcoves within the exterior shell. The Net Floor Area is what you could lease to someone, and tends to be about 90% of the GFA.

If you were to purchase a plot of land, and then build a one story building with absolutely no setbacks (your exterior walls go right up to the property lines) you would have an FSR of 1.0.
If you build a 20 storey building on precicely half of your land area, you will have an FSR of 10.0.

If you have an FSR of less than 1.0, then it implies by definition that you will have open land on your property. In this case, at minimum, 36% of the land will be landscaped/parking. Assuming that all the buildings going up are at least 2 or 3 storey buildings, then at maximum, they will use 64%/(2 storeys) = 32% of the land to build on, with the remaining 68% as landscaping/parking. Given that some of the buildings will be 3 storeys, this means that over 70% of the lot will be under-utilized.

KevinL
08-29-2012, 07:15 PM
Very interesting, thanks! That is a low ratio given the size of the lot.

KLM
09-14-2012, 12:17 PM
On Fisher-Hallman Road just before Activa Ave there is notice board for public consultation - widening FH Road from Ottawa to Bleams Rd. Meeting is on September 20. I wonder does anybody know more about this? I looked on region`s website but couldn`t find any.

mpd618
09-14-2012, 03:18 PM
On Fisher-Hallman Road just before Activa Ave there is notice board for public consultation - widening FH Road from Ottawa to Bleams Rd. Meeting is on September 20. I wonder does anybody know more about this? I looked on region`s website but couldn`t find any.

A PDF overview with links can be found here (http://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/en/gettingAround/resources/7121-FisherHallmanRoadInformationSheet.pdf). (Via this page (http://regionofwaterloo.ca/en/gettingAround/FutureConstructionProjects.asp).)

KLM
09-14-2012, 09:43 PM
A PDF overview with links can be found here (http://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/en/gettingAround/resources/7121-FisherHallmanRoadInformationSheet.pdf). (Via this page (http://regionofwaterloo.ca/en/gettingAround/FutureConstructionProjects.asp).)

Thanks mpd618.

UrbanWaterloo
09-24-2012, 01:24 PM
520 Ottawa Street South and 242 Kehl Street - Habitat for Humanity
SUBJECT: DEMOLITION CONTROL APPLICATION
REPORT TO: Community & Infrastructure Services Committee
DATE OF REPORT: August 29, 2012 | DATE OF MEETING: September 24, 2012
PREPARED BY: Mat Vaughan, Planning Technician | SUBMITTED BY: Alain Pinard, Director of Planning
REPORT NO.: CSD-12-128 (http://icalendar.esolutionsgroup.ca/Public/GetDocument.ashx?DocumentId=1eb4fb0e-f0b2-4d31-9067-b946233d166d&IsShare=True)

http://wonderfulwaterloo.com/wdrive/Developments/Kitchener/Suburban%20Kitchener/520%20Ottawa%20Street%20South%20and%20242%20Kehl%2 0Street/520%20Ottawa%20Street%20South%20and%20242%20Kehl%2 0Street%20(Habitat%20for%20Humanity)%20-%20Location%20Map.jpg

RECOMMENDATION:

That Demolition Control Application DC12/17/O/MV requesting permission to demolish two single detached dwellings located at 520 Ottawa Street South and 242 Kehl Street owned by Habitat for Humanity, be approved with the following condition:

The Chief Building Official may authorize and issue a demolition permit under Section 33(6) of the Planning Act subject to the following condition:

In the event that construction of the new dwelling unit is not substantially complete within 2-years from the day demolition of the existing residential property is commenced, the City Clerk may enter on the collector’s roll, to be collected in like manner as municipal taxes, $20,000 for each dwelling unit contained in the residential properties in respect of which the demolition permit is issued and such sum shall, until the payment thereof, be a lien or charge upon the land in respect of which the permit to demolish the residential property is issued.

REPORT:

The Community Services Department has received an application requesting the demolition of two single detached dwellings located at 520 Ottawa St. S and 242 Kehl St. The subject properties are zoned Residential Six Zone (R-6) in the Zoning By-law and designated Low Rise Residential in the City’s Official Plan.

The Owner would like to demolish the existing dwellings in order to build a 37 unit condominium townhouse development. The Owner has submitted a site plan application (SP12/055/K/MV) for the subject development.

In order to ensure that redevelopment of the site occurs in a timely manner, staff are recommending a condition as permitted by the Planning Act. The demolition permit would set out the condition imposing a fine of $20,000 for each dwelling unit if redevelopment is not substantially complete within two years after the demolition permit has been issued.

The Owner is not intending to retain the existing dwellings as part of the new development. The Owner has indicated that the design of the proposed development cannot incorporate the existing dwelling units.

PLANNING ANALYSIS:

Planning staff circulated the applications to internal departments. Their comments are attached as Appendix “B”. The proposed demolitions will permit development that will add dwellings to the City’s housing stock that will be consistent with the low density commercial residential characteristic of the surrounding neighbourhood. The redevelopment of the site complies with the intent of the Low Rise Residential designation in the Official Plan and permitted uses under the Residential Six Zone (R-6) zoning.

ALIGNMENT WITH CITY OF KITCHENER STRATEGIC PLAN:

The proposed demolitions are required prior to the redevelopment of the subject site and will align with the Kitchener Strategic Plan as it ensures the implementation of the community priority Development with appropriate redevelopment that is consistent with Provincial, Regional and City planning policies.

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS:

No new or additional capital budget requests are expected with this recommendation.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT:

Since the Owner is proposing new residential development on the site, a neighbourhood circulation was not required. An information letter will be circulated to all property owners within 60 metres of the subject property in advance of the Community and Infrastructure Services Committee Meeting hearing the subject application.

CONCLUSION:

Planning staff is satisfied that the proposed demolitions are justified as the Owner intends to develop the site with a multiple residential development. This will increase the residential housing stock which is the main consideration under demolition control. Staff recommend that Demolition Control Application DC12/17/O/MV requesting to demolish the existing single detached dwellings, be approved subject to the conditions outlined in the recommendation of this report.

The Comeback Kid
09-25-2012, 08:06 AM
Update on the Budd Plant site:

Councillors preserve Budd site for industry


City council votes 8-3 to reject big-box store planKITCHENER — City councillors have rejected a proposal to convert part of the former Budd factory into a grocery store and big-box retail development.
Councillors voted 8-3 Monday to preserve the former auto parts site for potential industrial jobs, not 1,000 retail jobs that could be created in redevelopment.
It’s the same stance council took this month in refusing to allow a mosque to set up in the Huron Business Park.
“We need to retain industrial sites for their purpose,” Mayor Carl Zehr said. “This is not about the number of jobs. It is about the use.”
“We’ve got an excellent, one-of-a-kind employment site,” Coun. Frank Etherington said.
The city’s refusal to alter the land use will likely trigger a challenge before a provincial planning tribunal, councillors were told.
Councillors Scott Davey, John Gazzola and Yvonne Fernandes endorsed the redevelopment.
“I cannot, cannot keep voting against the creation of jobs,” Davey said, pointing to the retail jobs that would be created.
The vacant site at Homer Watson Boulevard and Bleams Road (https://www.google.ca/maps?q=1011+Homer+Watson+Boulevard,+Kitchener,+Wat erloo+Regional+Municipality,+Ontario+N2C&hl=en&ll=43.4079,-80.459082&spn=0.008324,0.01929&sll=43.408649,-80.456657&sspn=0.008324,0.01929&oq=1011+homer+,+Waterloo+Regional+Municipality,+On tario+N2C&hnear=1011+Homer+Watson+Blvd,+Kitchener,+Waterloo+ Regional+Municipality,+Ontario+N2C+2G2&t=m&z=16) is not currently being used for industry after the shutdown of Kitchener Frame, which followed Budd.
Developer Gary Ball, owner of a local construction company, declined comment Monday, saying he needs time to consider the vote. He’s one of the developers behind the proposal.
Developers want to build mixed-use commercial buildings on 11.4 hectares (28 acres) of land with 28,515 square metres (306,821 square feet) of commercial space. A grocery store with about 4,645 square metres (49,980 square feet) would be one of the anchor tenants.
The entire site of the former factory sits on almost 50 hectares (123 acres) and much of it would still be available for industry, developers said.
Councillors were told the developer can build a home improvement store under current zoning but not a grocery store. However, the developer needs the grocery store in order to make other retail uses work.
Following a 2010 inventory of employment lands, the property was classified as protected because it is so well-suited for industrial activities.
It’s the largest piece of industrial land in the city and is serviced by railway lines, arterial roads and is a short drive from Highway 401.



http://www.therecord.com/news/local/article/805951--councillors-preserve-budd-site-for-industry

The Comeback Kid
09-25-2012, 08:07 AM
SUPER happy about this, btw. I drive past the site everyday, and have for years. If it turned into the Boardwalk I would have had to move!

I don't care what Councillor Davey thinks... we don't need more retail jobs for highschoolers.

Bristolman
09-25-2012, 09:01 AM
I agree. We need to keep space for large businesses, or else we would lose their influence and jobs!

KevinL
09-25-2012, 12:40 PM
Councillor Davey seems to think any job creation is useful; he needs to consider the big picture and realize that what this area needs to strive for is quality, well-paying jobs, even if those don't materialize for years yet.

panamaniac
09-25-2012, 02:34 PM
That Habitat for Humanity project seems like a nice bit of intensification to go from 2 detached houses to 37 townhouses (those are incredibly deep lots). The location is an easy walk to a public school, to the future Mill LRT station and even (albeit not the most inviting walk) to the big box stores and strip mall on Ottawa past Strasburg.

KevinL
09-25-2012, 04:35 PM
And on three bus routes! All of which connect Forest Glen to downtown, granted, but visit a good variety of places in between.

Smore
09-25-2012, 06:27 PM
I agree. We need to keep space for large businesses, or else we would lose their influence and jobs!

They are retaining 3/4 of that property for industrial. What big businesses are coming to town? Last I checked, they are all leaving...

KevinL
09-25-2012, 06:31 PM
We don't need big businesses; the property is being reworked to be far more modular and adaptable - great for startups and small operations!

panamaniac
10-01-2012, 12:44 PM
487 East Avenue
Description (http://www.kitchener.ca/en/newslist/index.aspx?corpId=I82X5exjK422E8HPlUsqZdAJgeQuAleQ uAl&newsId=sGEnrTOYdyqwgPlUsQnu4yJBweQuAleQuAl): Five Unit Townhouse and Three Story Duplex

August 24, 2012

http://wonderfulwaterloo.com/wdrive/Developments/Kitchener/Suburban%20Kitchener/487%20East%20Avenue/August%2024,%202012/061%20R.jpg

http://wonderfulwaterloo.com/wdrive/Developments/Kitchener/Suburban%20Kitchener/487%20East%20Avenue/August%2024,%202012/073%20R.jpg

http://wonderfulwaterloo.com/wdrive/Developments/Kitchener/Suburban%20Kitchener/487%20East%20Avenue/August%2024,%202012/085%20R.jpg


Excavation appears to have begun today on this site.

panamaniac
11-04-2012, 01:30 PM
Construction now underway at 487 East Ave - looks like the townhouses going up at the back of the lot.

http://i46.tinypic.com/2nrezhy.jpg

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I don't think I have seen mention in the forum of this infill project on Westmount between Queen's Blvd and Highland Rd, across from Queensmount Sr Public School. I thought it was seven rental units, but the two sets of balconies makes me wonder if it's seven or fourteen (they'd have to be very small)?

http://i45.tinypic.com/154bxio.jpg

http://i47.tinypic.com/1zf7j2o.jpg

zanate
11-12-2012, 09:37 AM
Demolition and construction in progress at the corner of Bridge and Lancaster.

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ruud
11-21-2012, 06:04 PM
Drove by the corner of Ottawa, Weber and East Ave today and the new townhoses seem interesting. There looks to be 4 units along the back of the property and a fifth pie shaped unit at the front. Not sure how it'll turn out but at least they are utilizing the unique shape of the lot.

panamaniac
11-21-2012, 06:06 PM
I drove by today too. I think that the building at the front is supposed to be an apartment, but I'm not sure.

ruud
11-21-2012, 07:11 PM
Demolition and construction in progress at the corner of Bridge and Lancaster.


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There is a sign posted saying future tenants will be City Cafe, subway and a convenience store.

City Cafe seems to be doing a great job expanding throughout the region. I'm guessing that will be their 5th or 6th location.

panamaniac
11-21-2012, 08:09 PM
There is a sign posted saying future tenants will be City Cafe, subway and a convenience store.

City Cafe seems to be doing a great job expanding throughout the region. I'm guessing that will be their 5th or 6th location.

I find City Cafe's products excellent. Delicious bread and bagels and probably the best butter tarts I have ever had in my life (sorry Mom!). The location at Ottawa and Charles is always busy - I recall thinking that location was odd when they were first opening, but I was obviously wrong about that.

zanate
11-22-2012, 08:21 AM
Do the secondary City Cafe's use the same self-pay "system" (more like honour system than anything else) as the original location at Victoria and West does?

(I remember the owner of City Cafe once running an electronic register for a little while, tallying purchases as people paid. It seems he had some issue with Revenue Canada and needed to demonstrate that his sales figures were real and reasonable. The fact that he returned to the honour-pay system suggests that he was able to do so successfully.)

markster
11-22-2012, 09:14 AM
The one time I went to a City Cafe (over two years ago) was at Ottawa/Charles, and it was the self pay system. I was horribly confused.

mpd618
11-22-2012, 10:50 AM
Do the secondary City Cafe's use the same self-pay "system" (more like honour system than anything else) as the original location at Victoria and West does?

(I remember the owner of City Cafe once running an electronic register for a little while, tallying purchases as people paid. It seems he had some issue with Revenue Canada and needed to demonstrate that his sales figures were real and reasonable. The fact that he returned to the honour-pay system suggests that he was able to do so successfully.)

A couple of times I've been at the original location they've had a register set up for purchases as part of an HST audit. But otherwise, I think all of their locations are the same honour system.

MonkeyGirl
11-22-2012, 11:00 AM
All of the locations are on the honour system. The owner has to do a 1 day a year cash register for tax purposes. I love the set up, come in get your yummy treats, drop some money and off you go.

panamaniac
11-22-2012, 11:41 AM
All of the locations are on the honour system. The owner has to do a 1 day a year cash register for tax purposes. I love the set up, come in get your yummy treats, drop some money and off you go.

They are happy to make change for you, however, if you need it. Also, they do not accept tips. I believe the business model also pays above average salaries to its employees, so all in all it seems a good and very successful enterprise.

markster
02-19-2013, 10:07 AM
487 East Avenue
Description (http://www.kitchener.ca/en/newslist/index.aspx?corpId=I82X5exjK422E8HPlUsqZdAJgeQuAleQ uAl&newsId=sGEnrTOYdyqwgPlUsQnu4yJBweQuAleQuAl): Five Unit Townhouse and Three Story Duplex

February 16, 2013


One side!
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The other side!
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Flatiron...ish.
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The Comeback Kid
02-19-2013, 10:47 AM
I like it! I kept seeing the foundation at the 'point' there and couldn't figure it out... now I see it's an interesting stacked town! Nice! Much better than an empty lot, eh @kingandottawa?

panamaniac
02-19-2013, 06:07 PM
I like the townhouse row. The apartment in front is definitely different. Not quite the triangular shape I had hoped for but I'm thinking they need space on the East Ave side for parking.

panamaniac
05-06-2013, 03:06 PM
487 East Avenue
Description (http://www.kitchener.ca/en/newslist/index.aspx?corpId=I82X5exjK422E8HPlUsqZdAJgeQuAleQ uAl&newsId=sGEnrTOYdyqwgPlUsQnu4yJBweQuAleQuAl): Five Unit Townhouse and Three Story Duplex

February 16, 2013


One side!
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The other side!
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Flatiron...ish.
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Couldn't take a photo today, but the brick work (rustic red with the ubiquitous fake stone) is now going onto these townhouses and apartment building. It looks like it will not be unattractive, but I will be interested to see what the small apartment in front looks like when completed.

TMKM94
05-06-2013, 08:03 PM
A townhouse row has popped up at 93 Gage Ave, just east of the Iron Horse Trail. I don't remember seeing it here. I live beside 93 Gage Ave there is 2 rows of Townhouses now -24 Units 12 units are complete and lived in and the other 12 I am guessing will be done in Mid-late June.

panamaniac
05-08-2013, 06:18 PM
I don't think this has a thread of its own - the new plaza/development going up on Lancaster at Bridgeport Rd, taken this morning. I like the bands of colour.

http://i40.tinypic.com/33xfxox.jpg

http://i42.tinypic.com/303bhxv.jpg

Scribbler
05-11-2013, 12:03 PM
I guess we can tell where City Cafe will go in that plaza!

RangersFan
05-28-2013, 06:32 PM
Council reluctantly supports developer despite resident concerns
May 23, 2013 | Heather Abrey | Kitchener Post | LINK (http://www.kitchenerpost.ca/news/council-reluctantly-supports-developer-despite-resident-concerns/)


While many councillors expressed reluctance — even apologizing to the public — council voted to allow The Madison Group to finish attic space at 689 Doon Village Rd.

The building is currently three floors and 17 units, but the developer applied to finish attic space, adding rooms to existing units.


Several councillors questioned the tactics and transparency involved, saying the developer built the building with intent to finish the attic, but didn’t apply for appropriate planning amendments before construction.


“At the end of the day, I don’t like the way the process has gone forward, both in terms of this project as well as some of the challenges we’ve had with respect to the project [on Cedar Street],” said Ward 4 Coun. Berry Vrbanovic.

panamaniac
05-28-2013, 07:04 PM
Council reluctantly supports developer despite resident concerns
May 23, 2013 | Heather Abrey | Kitchener Post | LINK (http://www.kitchenerpost.ca/news/council-reluctantly-supports-developer-despite-resident-concerns/)

What challenges wrt the Cedar Street townhouses is Vrbanovic referring to?

RangersFan
05-30-2013, 07:17 PM
Can't say this is small but since we don't have a dedicated thread for it and the building is close to completion I will post it here.

DEER RIDGE CENTRE
May 30, 2013

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benjaminbach
05-30-2013, 08:43 PM
Can't say this is small but since we don't have a dedicated thread for it and the building is close to completion I will post it here.

DEER RIDGE CENTRE
May 30, 2013

We handle leasing for this site, and pre-leasing for this new building has been very brisk. This node has the lowest vacancy rate of any office node in Waterloo Region.

KevinL
06-01-2013, 12:48 PM
520 Ottawa Street South and 242 Kehl Street - Habitat for Humanity
SUBJECT: DEMOLITION CONTROL APPLICATION
REPORT TO: Community & Infrastructure Services Committee
DATE OF REPORT: August 29, 2012 | DATE OF MEETING: September 24, 2012
PREPARED BY: Mat Vaughan, Planning Technician | SUBMITTED BY: Alain Pinard, Director of Planning
REPORT NO.: CSD-12-128 (http://icalendar.esolutionsgroup.ca/Public/GetDocument.ashx?DocumentId=1eb4fb0e-f0b2-4d31-9067-b946233d166d&IsShare=True)


Current state:
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KevinL
06-21-2013, 11:29 AM
The former gas station prperty at Block Line and Rittenhouse is being redeveloped - fencing is up, and amongst the activity today I spotted forms for foundation pouring. Not sure what they're putting in, though.

RangersFan
06-21-2013, 08:27 PM
The former gas station prperty at Block Line and Rittenhouse is being redeveloped - fencing is up, and amongst the activity today I spotted forms for foundation pouring. Not sure what they're putting in, though.

I am thinking this might be a development known as "Rittenhouse Condos". We could potentially make a thread for this development as it is quite large. The Schembri Property Management is behind this project.

for more details visit the project's website (http://www.schembripm.com/residentiallisting_detail.php?id=10&rental_property=Rittenhouse%20Condos&city=Kitchener).

http://www.schembripm.com/rentroll/files/images/image.php/Rittenhouse%203-20130516-173443.PNG?width=342&height=250&cropratio=1.1:0.7&image=/rentroll/files/images/Rittenhouse%203-20130516-173443.PNG

KevinL
06-21-2013, 10:46 PM
Address is right. Thanks for the info!

KevinL
07-21-2013, 05:21 PM
The big highrise at Ottawa and Westmount has just received a new paint job.

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The old look can be found in Street View (https://www.google.ca/maps?ll=43.419575,-80.485325&spn=0.042704,0.090895&cbp=12,9.32,,0,-4.65&layer=c&panoid=8Db-2adJbzTMtspu6U1g7g&cbll=43.419554,-80.501696&dg=opt&t=m&z=14).

panamaniac
07-21-2013, 06:38 PM
That apartment tower has gone from pretty awful to pretty awful, with a fresh coat of paint. To find something kind to say, the glass balcony barriers look better than what was there before and will make the crap people put out on the balconies less visible to passers by.

DHLawrence
07-21-2013, 06:50 PM
The one advantage to living in buildings like that is that you don't have to look at them when you're at home.

RangersFan
07-22-2013, 01:38 PM
The Hoffman Apartments on Hoffman st are getting a face lift. Is the blue just a primer to seal the walls prior to installing the insulation?

July 22, 2013

Before

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Work In Progress
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RangersFan
08-03-2013, 07:36 PM
It looks like the Canadian Tire gas bar on Victoria st is being completely overhauled or removed. When I went by on Thursday the area was fenced off and it was taken out.

HAL8950
08-05-2013, 12:58 PM
Monday August 5, 2013
Took a shot the building going on at Block Line and Rittenhouse in Kitchener.
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panamaniac
08-05-2013, 05:03 PM
The Hoffman Apartments on Hoffman st are getting a face lift. Is the blue just a primer to seal the walls prior to installing the insulation?

July 22, 2013

Before

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Work In Progress
216521662167

I won't comment on the esthetics of these apartments, but does anyone recall whether these buildings were made of prefabricated concrete units? When I look at the seams between the floors along the exposed concrete walls, it got me trying to remember back to when they were built and for some reason I want to recall them being assembled from prefab units.

BuildingScout
08-05-2013, 05:45 PM
The big highrise at Ottawa and Westmount has just received a new paint job.

This is the same weird look being applied to the building on the SouthWest corner of University and Erb. (Sorry no pictures).

HAL8950
08-10-2013, 07:32 PM
Block Line and Rittenhouse Kitchener Sat August 10, 2013
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panamaniac
08-10-2013, 09:42 PM
What are these, stacked townhouses?

KevinL
08-10-2013, 09:56 PM
What are these, stacked townhouses?
Its website (http://www.schembripm.com/residentiallisting_detail.php?id=10&rental_property=Rittenhouse%20Condos&city=Kitchener) says it's condo units.

HAL8950
08-10-2013, 10:00 PM
RangersFan has previously attached this picture of the finished project
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joe
08-11-2013, 06:09 PM
Some fencing went up next to Lisboa Bakery & Grill. It looks like they may continue the next phase of the plan that can be seen on the Williamsburg Walk website: http://www.williamsburgwalk.ca/?q=community-plan

This is where the fence is installed:
http://i.imgur.com/nh67iXy.jpg

neonjoe
08-11-2013, 08:24 PM
The fencing crosses Max Becker beside good life and continues to Bleams. It looks more likely that its the water mains that they have been installing on Bleams crossing through the neighborhood via the community trail and Max Becker common then to Fischer Hallman.

joe
08-11-2013, 10:04 PM
Ah, I only saw it while driving by and didn't see that it went all the way down there. That's disappointing! :)

YKF
08-14-2013, 03:55 PM
I didn't want to start a new thread about this topic, but I'd like to get some input regarding a mixed-use corridor idea I had.

I believe that the City of Kitchener should strongly consider establishing a mixed-use corridor on Ottawa Street, between Weber St and Courtland Ave. Residential, industrial and commercial uses all exist on this stretch of Ottawa St. By implementing progressive zoning designations along this portion of Ottawa St (mixed-use developments), I believe this corridor can become a very vibrant part of Kitchener and contribute significantly more in tax revenue when developed. This area can become a destination, rather than a relatively vacant area along Ottawa St.

I'm bringing up this idea because I believe we need to toss around ideas and visions of what we want this region to become, in addition to discussing current events/developments :RpS_smile:.

JaySee
08-14-2013, 05:21 PM
I didn't want to start a new thread about this topic, but I'd like to get some input regarding a mixed-use corridor idea I had.

I believe that the City of Kitchener should strongly consider establishing a mixed-use corridor on Ottawa Street, between Weber St and Courtland Ave. Residential, industrial and commercial uses all exist on this stretch of Ottawa St.

From Weber to King, we've currently got a used-car lot; a strip mall (Value Village, Dairy Queen); some two- & three-storey apartment buildings; a smattering of single detached homes; a large Mitsubishi dealership; a Mennonite Brethren Church and associated buildings; the Towne Bowl 5-pin bowling alley; a BMO; and a large empty corner lot.

That strip mall does kind of suck, even by strip-mall standards. I guess every city needs an area where all the car dealerships live, but they sure take up a lot of space and don't make the neighbourhood very liveable.

What makes you suggest that particular stretch of Ottawa? Wouldn't better use of the stretch of King Street around the corner make sense?

DHLawrence
08-14-2013, 06:34 PM
I wonder if we might see something like The Cap at Union Station (http://featuresblogs.chicagotribune.com/theskyline/2011/10/ohio-highway-cap-at-forefront-of-urban-design-trend-retail-complex-atop-columbus-expressway-offers-m.html) in Columbus over the Conestoga parkway near The Aud. Strikes me as an ideal location for it.

panamaniac
08-14-2013, 07:14 PM
I think a higher density corridor along Ottawa St is inevitable, but it seems to me that we will first see development in the areas east and west of the King/Charles and Borden intersections, spurred on by the LRT. Much of that land is a blank slate or begging for redevelopment (although I hope the Art Deco bit of the old Onward Mfg building can be saved.

The future anchor for the whole area, in addition to the LRT station? Imho, the block bounded by Charles/Ottawa/Schneiders Creek/Borden would be the perfect location for the future, larger arena. If so, we'd be looking about 20 to 30 years into the future, I suspect.

panamaniac
08-14-2013, 07:46 PM
By the way, this part of town and these kinds of developments really don't fit in the "Small Suburban Kitchener" thread!

Lens
08-14-2013, 07:53 PM
They just slapped some paint on that Art Deco part. That building and MANY others on that block are for sale right now as well.

YKF
08-14-2013, 09:47 PM
From Weber to King, we've currently got a used-car lot; a strip mall (Value Village, Dairy Queen); some two- & three-storey apartment buildings; a smattering of single detached homes; a large Mitsubishi dealership; a Mennonite Brethren Church and associated buildings; the Towne Bowl 5-pin bowling alley; a BMO; and a large empty corner lot.

That strip mall does kind of suck, even by strip-mall standards. I guess every city needs an area where all the car dealerships live, but they sure take up a lot of space and don't make the neighbourhood very liveable.

What makes you suggest that particular stretch of Ottawa? Wouldn't better use of the stretch of King Street around the corner make sense?

I suggested this particular stretch of Ottawa because it currently has a variety of uses (Res, Commercial, Industrial), whereas outside of this boundary is primarily low rise residential. The portion of Ottawa between Charles and Courtland (extending to Mill) will also have an LRT presence, giving the street a more urban appearance which I believe the city should capitalize on.

I get that the natural progression of development will probably occur on King and Charles, but that doesn't mean that the city can't designate the land along this stretch of Ottawa for mixed uses and higher densities.


By the way, this part of town and these kinds of developments really don't fit in the "Small Suburban Kitchener" thread!

I was unsure about putting this comment in the downtown section as Ottawa St. seems more suburban than urban.

markster
08-14-2013, 11:07 PM
I'd say the discussion would have a happy home over in the Kitchener Mixed use Corridor Strategy thread:

http://www.wonderfulwaterloo.com/showthread.php?t=34&page=2&p=38040#post38040

YKF
08-15-2013, 08:10 AM
My bad...:RpS_tongue:

KevinL
08-15-2013, 11:38 AM
The Habitat site at Ottwa and Kehl has begun construction! the frame of the first unit was being put up by a sizeable crew as I drove by this morning.

The Comeback Kid
08-16-2013, 09:49 AM
The Habitat site at Ottwa and Kehl has begun construction! the frame of the first unit was being put up by a sizeable crew as I drove by this morning.

That's exciting! Any idea if it was a volunteer crew - or do the professionals start and the volunteers finish?

HAL8950
08-16-2013, 01:02 PM
Speaking of the Ottawa (and Bedford) area, what's the story with this redevelopment that has stalled during construction and is now up for sale?
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panamaniac
08-16-2013, 02:17 PM
Ahh, the longstanding mystery conversion project. I wonder whether we won't eventually see somebody buy this for the land to put up a mid-rise apartment building?

HAL8950
08-16-2013, 04:11 PM
Yes, I would think with LRT on the way, this site would be ideal for a multi story building. With the LRT line set, have the lands surrounding it been rezoned to support larger buildings?

KevinL
08-16-2013, 04:52 PM
That's exciting! Any idea if it was a volunteer crew - or do the professionals start and the volunteers finish?

Looked to be volunteeer based on my brief view.

HAL8950
08-19-2013, 07:46 AM
Sun August 18, 2013
Updated Picture of the Block Line and Rittenhouse build.
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Bristolman
08-19-2013, 12:04 PM
Wow! It seems as though it will be rather significant.

HAL8950
08-25-2013, 09:49 PM
August 25, 2013
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HAL8950
08-29-2013, 09:28 PM
August 29, 2013
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HAL8950
09-06-2013, 10:16 PM
Anyone else see the clearing of land happening on the south side of Bleams and Commonwealth? I first thought it was just the new gas pipe line coming from the Williamsburg plaza, but there seems to be a lot of a corn field now ripped up from earth moving machines. To much for just a gas line.

YKF
09-06-2013, 10:39 PM
It's the new Rosenburg development, stretching along Bleams and south on Fischer Hallman.

HAL8950
09-07-2013, 11:38 AM
Here is a shot of the activity
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HAL8950
09-09-2013, 06:19 PM
Sept 8, 2013
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panamaniac
10-17-2013, 05:09 PM
Speaking of the Ottawa (and Bedford) area, what's the story with this redevelopment that has stalled during construction and is now up for sale?
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Still for sale, now being clad - this one will not win any beauty prizes, imho:

http://i41.tinypic.com/28chmhy.jpg

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Current state:
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Progress on the first units of this Habitat for Humanity project at Ottawa St S and Kehl - pretty simple and traditional looking. I like that they saved the tree out front.

http://i44.tinypic.com/23r7as6.jpg

http://i40.tinypic.com/2qi8r9k.jpg

RangersFan
10-25-2013, 07:28 PM
Lancaster Rises

Oct 24, 2013 | Melissa Murray | Kitchener Post | LINK (http://www.kitchenerpost.ca/news/lancaster-rises/)


When The Madison Group took over the apartment buildings at 416 Lancaster Street in 2011, the building was in a disastrous state.

There were major roof leaks, a broken boiler system and vacancies in the building were rampant.

After a major renovation, making units fresh and modern and fixing the condemned balconies, an additional nine units were added to accommodate demand.

“Demand is so high, it was a no-brainer,” said Adam Overing, partner in The Madison Group.

KevinL
11-25-2013, 10:23 PM
The owners of the apartment building at 581 Strasburg (https://maps.google.ca/maps?ll=43.417486,-80.481484&spn=0.005658,0.011362&t=m&z=17&layer=c&cbll=43.417889,-80.482068&panoid=GSfbAIicHJoWQSSqwkBjJw&cbp=12,91.57,,0,-2.46) have applied for a zone change, to add two storeys to the existing two. The zone variance also asks for more space for parking, by paving an existing lawn on the building's north side.

Lens
11-25-2013, 11:54 PM
The owners of the apartment building at 581 Strasburg (https://maps.google.ca/maps?ll=43.417486,-80.481484&spn=0.005658,0.011362&t=m&z=17&layer=c&cbll=43.417889,-80.482068&panoid=GSfbAIicHJoWQSSqwkBjJw&cbp=12,91.57,,0,-2.46) have applied for a zone change, to add two storeys to the existing two. The zone variance also asks for more space for parking, by paving an existing lawn on the building's north side.


Another renovation by Revel (formerly Madison Group)

Looks pretty good if you ask me!

http://www.revel.ca/#!portfolio-item/red-pony-flats/

HAL8950
11-28-2013, 03:19 PM
New Strip Mall being built at Bleams and Fisher Hallman
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KLM
11-28-2013, 03:36 PM
New Strip Mall being built at Bleams and Fisher Hallman
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Anybody knows who is coming in as tenants?

BSLO
11-28-2013, 05:45 PM
I believe one of the tenants is Tim Horton's. Not sure of any others.

HAL8950
12-03-2013, 01:39 PM
November 30, 2013263726382639

markster
12-03-2013, 02:14 PM
Location?

KevinL
12-03-2013, 02:25 PM
Location?

That's Block Line and Rittenhouse.

ottawawestmount
12-25-2013, 12:07 PM
I don't know if this is the place to post, but there seems to have been a lot of activity behind the Westmount Funeral Chapel at 1001 Ottawa Street South in Kitchener (the construction fence around it seems to actually go right up to the rear of the funeral home) in the days leading up to Christmas. Does anyone know what is being built here? It looks to me to be much more than a parking lot expansion for the funeral home. Thanks!

KevinL
12-25-2013, 12:19 PM
I don't know if this is the place to post, but there seems to have been a lot of activity behind the Westmount Funeral Chapel at 1001 Ottawa Street South in Kitchener (the construction fence around it seems to actually go right up to the rear of the funeral home) in the days leading up to Christmas. Does anyone know what is being built here? It looks to me to be much more than a parking lot expansion for the funeral home. Thanks!


I know the neighbouring Tim Hortons was renovated last mnth, but all that has been packed up as I recall. Interesting...

ottawawestmount
12-25-2013, 02:13 PM
The Tim Hortons renovation was finished some time before this began, and this is in the empty space between the Tim Hortons and the Westmount Funeral Chapel. Frankly it was only the last few days before Christmas where the fence went up and the heavy equipment came in. They seem to be doing some excavating there (which leads me to think this is more than a parking lot expansion of the funeral home.

KevinL
12-25-2013, 03:00 PM
The Tim Hortons renovation was finished some time before this began, and this is in the empty space between the Tim Hortons and the Westmount Funeral Chapel. Frankly it was only the last few days before Christmas where the fence went up and the heavy equipment came in. They seem to be doing some excavating there (which leads me to think this is more than a parking lot expansion of the funeral home.

It's nice to see some possible infil there, but what I was realy hoping for was for the funeral home to move out and all that land (including the massive surface parking) get a more dense development.

I suppose we'll have to see.

plam
12-30-2013, 01:17 PM
I was just dropping off some unwanted Christmas gifts at Thrift on Kent.

Last month I was disappointed to see that our neighbourhood Mennonite thrift shop, Generations, was closing, in favour of the consolidated Thrift on Kent location at the corner of Charles and Kent. I still think that centralization isn't really a win; instead of a place that we can easily walk to, it's at least a 25 minute bike ride. Even if the new space is nicer, it's not such a casual stroll to get over there. To be fair, I do bike over to that neighbourhood all the time to get to the climbing gym a block over, so it's not super inaccessible, but it's not as good.

On the other hand, the new building does look fairly functional; the parking is in the back; the building combines several MCC activities; and there is an architectural nod to horse stables with respect to the shed in back. (It contains waste dumpsters, so I don't think you can actually put horses there).

KevinL
12-30-2013, 03:08 PM
I don't know if this is the place to post, but there seems to have been a lot of activity behind the Westmount Funeral Chapel at 1001 Ottawa Street South in Kitchener (the construction fence around it seems to actually go right up to the rear of the funeral home) in the days leading up to Christmas. Does anyone know what is being built here? It looks to me to be much more than a parking lot expansion for the funeral home. Thanks!

Had a closer look last night; the fenced-off area includes the rear wall (facing Tim's) of the funeral home itself, so this may actually be a building expansion.

panamaniac
12-30-2013, 04:57 PM
I was just dropping off some unwanted Christmas gifts at Thrift on Kent.

Last month I was disappointed to see that our neighbourhood Mennonite thrift shop, Generations, was closing, in favour of the consolidated Thrift on Kent location at the corner of Charles and Kent. I still think that centralization isn't really a win; instead of a place that we can easily walk to, it's at least a 25 minute bike ride. Even if the new space is nicer, it's not such a casual stroll to get over there. To be fair, I do bike over to that neighbourhood all the time to get to the climbing gym a block over, so it's not super inaccessible, but it's not as good.

On the other hand, the new building does look fairly functional; the parking is in the back; the building combines several MCC activities; and there is an architectural nod to horse stables with respect to the shed in back. (It contains waste dumpsters, so I don't think you can actually put horses there).

There was an article in the Record a while back about that out-building. It was built in the Mennonite "barn raising" fashion, although one of the fellows working on it described it as "way overbuilt" in order to meet the building codes.

HAL8950
01-02-2014, 12:12 PM
Block Line and Rittenhouse Jan 1, 2014
26602661

Pheidippides
01-06-2014, 07:51 PM
Is there a thread on the structure being built on the north east corner of Bridgeport St E and Lancaster St W.

RoadRunner
01-07-2014, 07:57 AM
I forget where I heard that the Tim's is moving to the corner.

Smore
01-07-2014, 06:19 PM
I forget where I heard that the Tim's is moving to the corner.

I heard that too.

RangersFan
01-07-2014, 06:45 PM
I heard that too.

There is a Tim Hortons opening there, the building permit is 13116974

YKF
01-13-2014, 09:13 PM
Glasgow Street won’t get new sidewalk


By Brent Davis
KITCHENER — Councillors sided Monday with a group of Glasgow Street residents who don't want a new sidewalk constructed.
City staff had recommended a stretch of sidewalk be built along the north side of Glasgow near the Westmount Golf and Country Club during an upcoming road reconstruction project. A sidewalk already exists along the corresponding stretch on the south side of the street.
Staff felt the sidewalk was needed for pedestrian safety and to eliminate a "barrier to walkability."
Residents strongly disagreed, telling councillors a north sidewalk was an unnecessary expense of $100,000 that would see at least nine trees chopped down.
Residents maintained that a natural green filter protecting a nearby wellhead from pollutants would be compromised, and worried the new sidewalk could put pedestrians in harm's way from errant golf balls.
The proposed sidewalk would also have ended abruptly at Knell Drive, where pedestrians would have to cross to the south side to rejoin a sidewalk.
"It's clear from what the residents have pointed out that it's not needed," said Coun. Zyg Janecki.
The project to replace underground utilities and rebuild the road could see another 15 trees cut down.



SIDEWALKS COULD PUT PEDESTRIANS IN HARMS WAY FROM ERRANT GOLF BALLS!!!!!!!!!!!! HIDE YO KIDS! HIDE YO WIFE! GOLF BALLS, PEOPLE!! GOLF BALLS!!!!!

BuildingScout
01-13-2014, 09:17 PM
I can't believe that it is still possible to construct a subdivision without sidewalks. I mean Glasgow is from another era, but Lions Gate still has no sidewalks. And then we have clowns like Rob Ford talking about "the war on cars".

YKF
01-13-2014, 09:38 PM
I sent an email to all councillors and the mayor, expressing my shock at their populism and short-sightedness. Councillor Zyg was a planner prior to entering politics, and he seemed enthusiastically opposed to the sidewalk! wtf!

mpd618
01-13-2014, 10:57 PM
Oh, this is such BS. Goddamn entitled rich people.


I sent an email to all councillors and the mayor, expressing my shock at their populism and short-sightedness. Councillor Zyg was a planner prior to entering politics, and he seemed enthusiastically opposed to the sidewalk! wtf!

Wouldn't that have made him a planner during the era in which new streets stopped having sidewalks?

YKF
01-13-2014, 11:19 PM
Oh, this is such BS. Goddamn entitled rich people.



Wouldn't that have made him a planner during the era in which new streets stopped having sidewalks?

Yeah, it would have made him "one of those" planners. However, planners (and all other professionals) should be updating their skill set and knowledge all the time. Something like the provision of sidewalks shouldn't even count as planning knowledge. It should be common sense.
I hope others will make their voices known to council, and remind them of how short-sighted they were.

mpd618
01-14-2014, 12:23 AM
Yeah, it would have made him "one of those" planners. However, planners (and all other professionals) should be updating their skill set and knowledge all the time. Something like the provision of sidewalks shouldn't even count as planning knowledge. It should be common sense.

I'm reminded of this quote by Max Planck, which I think has some similarity to the situation of planners and transportation engineers: "A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it."

Smore
01-14-2014, 05:53 AM
LOL...the photo for this thread has no sidewalks at all!

Memph
01-14-2014, 06:40 AM
I don't think streets necessarily need sidewalks if there's sufficiently little and sufficiently slow traffic. The neighbourhood where I grew up lacked them on side streets and it didn't negatively impact walkability. The streets felt smaller than in newer subdivisions though: http://goo.gl/maps/Gfq1e

I guess Glasgow could have a sidewalk on the North side in addition to the South side but I don't think it's a big deal either way. The lack of sidewalks on Highland, West of East forest is a much bigger deal imo.

Newgrad
01-14-2014, 09:06 AM
I don't think streets necessarily need sidewalks if there's sufficiently little and sufficiently slow traffic. The neighbourhood where I grew up lacked them on side streets and it didn't negatively impact walkability. The streets felt smaller than in newer subdivisions though: http://goo.gl/maps/Gfq1e

I guess Glasgow could have a sidewalk on the North side in addition to the South side but I don't think it's a big deal either way. The lack of sidewalks on Highland, West of East forest is a much bigger deal imo.

With the Accessiblity for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, I'm pretty sure that all neighbourhoods have to have sidewalks on both sides of the street going forward. I was at a meeting for the sewer and road upgrades on Stirling. Sidewalks are missing on half of the street for much of the length between Weber and East. The rendering showed that sidewalks will be added when the street gets dug up. Some of my neighbours were very unhappy because they are losing lawn. The city guy was explaining that someone in a wheelchair could not safely cross the street to get to sidewalks on the other side of the street from their driveway because they'd have to randomly cross the street, not at an intersection.

I think "walkability" sums it up nicely. Some people can't walk.

KevinL
01-14-2014, 10:06 AM
In particular, Glasgow does need this in this area; it's the only straight road connector across this part of the city, between the golf course and the railway. There's surely quite a large amount of demand for pedestrian access along here.

YKF
01-14-2014, 12:04 PM
I witnessed an older lady almost get hit by a truck yesterday, along this portion of Glasgow Street.
Had that north sidewalk been there, she would've been in far greater danger from getting hit by golf balls...

Lens
01-23-2014, 06:28 PM
Not sure where to put this: http://www.kitchenerpost.ca/news/conestoga-to-shutter-ice-rink/

As a Conestoga student and hockey player, I think this really is a shame. That rink is quite unique architecturally and it's certainly a better facility than some of the older arenas in town like Lions, Grand River, and Don Mclaren.

Why not invest some money into it and offer competitive rental prices, or even look at a partnership/sale with the city so it can remain a community asset? :RpS_confused:

Creative
01-24-2014, 01:57 PM
This is a great idea. As a former Conestoga student and varsity basketball player, they are in desperate need of more gymnasium space. They have not had a varsity hockey team for a long time now plus the facility is underuntilized in it's current state.

KevinL
02-16-2014, 04:22 PM
Block Line/Rittenhouse

Feb. 16, 2014

2768
2769

Chris86
02-17-2014, 03:22 PM
Wow those apartments are really ugly with the fake grey stone. Are they entirely constructed from wood? Theres similar ones recently built in Cambridge and Guelph that are much nicer.

KevinL
02-17-2014, 04:00 PM
The primary structure of them is wood, yes. Some portions (maintenance areas presumably) on lower floors are concrete.

T-Bone
02-18-2014, 03:20 PM
Was at Arby's on Victoria the other day noticed a few small appartments behind it being built anyone know anything on this??

panamaniac
02-18-2014, 05:18 PM
You mean the place going up on River Road? It was mentioned here some time ago, but I haven't seen details lately. I think it's a five storey rental building, no?

RangersFan
02-18-2014, 06:50 PM
It looks like Aberdeen Homes is building a 12 unit stacked townhouse development at 48 River Rd, it could be that.

panamaniac
02-18-2014, 07:16 PM
That must be the one - when you look down from River Road at Frederick, it seems bigger than stacked townhouses.

KevinL
02-20-2014, 03:34 PM
Westmount Funeral Chapel

Feb 20, 2014

2780

KLM
02-20-2014, 05:09 PM
chapel or parking lot expansion?

KevinL
02-20-2014, 07:19 PM
chapel or parking lot expansion?

Definitely structural. That's a full foundation.

RangersFan
03-23-2014, 03:42 PM
Not really small but relatively few details available. This is the staff report (http://file:///C:/Users/Dennis/Downloads/A%202013-048%20-%201060%20Guelph%20St.pdf) which has approved the project.

1060 Guelph St


REPORT
Planning comments:
The subject property is zoned Restricted Business Park Zone (B-2), with special provisions 32R
and 40U in the Zoning By-law and designated Business Park in the City’s Official Plan. Special
provision 40U permits office use on the subject lands. The site contains an industrial office
building.

The applicant is proposing to construct a second 1,743 square metre industrial office building
which will increase the total gross floor area of office to 3,258 square metres. As a result, the
parking space requirements for the subject lands will increase from 55 parking spaces to 117
parking spaces (1 space per 28 square metres of office space). The applicant is requesting relief from Section 6.1.2.a of the City of Kitchener Zoning By-law to allow a 10% reduction (12
parking spaces) of the entire site to require 105 parking spaces rather than the required 117
spaces for an office use.


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Definitely structural. That's a full foundation.

building permit: 13124657 - Issued
date: Dec 19, 2013
PERMIT IS FOR A SINGLE STOREY ADDITION TO AN EXISTING FUNERAL CHAPEL.

KevinL
03-23-2014, 04:12 PM
Westmount Funeral Chapel

March 23, 2014

2833

HAL8950
03-31-2014, 11:26 AM
Bleams & Fischer-Hallman
2858
Taken from Bleams looking at the side view. Before the project started there was a sign for Tim Horton's, but that sign was taken down. Anyone know what is going in here?

RangersFan
03-31-2014, 05:21 PM
Bleams & Fischer-Hallman
2858
Taken from Bleams looking at the side view. Before the project started there was a sign for Tim Horton's, but that sign was taken down. Anyone know what is going in here?

In the fall of 2013 a building permit was taken out for a Tim Horton's but the latest permit has the following info " FORMERLY 1193 WESTMOUNT RD E. Proposed commercial plaza: Building A - drive through Building B - gas bar"

joe
03-31-2014, 07:29 PM
Another gas station? :RpS_confused: I thought gas stations on every corner was out of style.

TMKM94
04-01-2014, 01:13 AM
I hope the gas station will have a 7 Eleven with it, I think KW needs more 7 Eleven locations.

KevinL
04-05-2014, 09:17 PM
Westmount Funeral Chapel

April 5, 2014

2865

HAL8950
04-13-2014, 08:35 PM
Sat April 12, 2014 Block Line & Rittenhouse
2889