Fences are up and it looks like they've started demolition. Pretty sketchy though, for a couple weeks doors have been left wide open, trash all over... very ghetto'istic. Probably hoping for someone to torch the place in order to save a few bucks...
Demolition has started, if it's slab on grade then I'm assuming it will be ready for May rental like the last building from this developer.
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I may be able to add some insight on this project. The name is "Twenty-One" and the municipal address is 21 Columbia St. W. The developer did in deed have to upgrade the sanitary sewer from Columbia St. W to Spruce St. through the school yard. The developer put in a new baseball diamond the their expense at a gift to the school. The project is slated for completion in August of 2012 and is well ahead of schedule.
Last edited by insider; 10-11-2011 at 04:45 PM.
Yes. I am involved with both projects.
I agree that there would be a huge demand for commercial on Columbia. We would have absolutely loved to include ground floor retail in this project. Regretfully current (and likely future) zoning bylaws would not allow it. The city won't budge on this and we didn't have the time or money to fight for a low probability of success.
Have they applied for a variance? Or are they just making excuses?
City staff has heard loud and clear that people want retail services and amenities in that neighbourhood. Yes, the master plan posters for that area have that strip as residential, but the Northdale land use study is underway and it would take a very little push, I think, to get that strip zoned mixed use residential like University. Many of the forces arrayed to push for that land use study would, I believe, happily take up the cause and pressure council to make this happen. The developers just need to take the first step and file the paperwork.
You can shrug your shoulders and say "Government. What are you gonna do?" or you can help change things. In this case, I don't think it would be particularly hard.
It's the land use study that's going to determine zoning in Northdale. When you ask city staff why Columbia still says low density residential for that section of Columbia, they'll say that it's up to the Northdale study.
For more information on the land use study, see http://waterloo.ca/northdale
ETA: I'm referring, of course, to the Waterloo Official Plan, currently up for review: http://www.waterloo.ca/DesktopDefault.aspx?tabid=1685
Last edited by dscassel; 10-12-2011 at 11:44 AM.
Council and the public, on the other hand, seem to understand that major streets in all neighbourhoods should be allowed to have commercial uses. Developers would be able to find members of council willing to champion the cause, I suspect.