Waterloo City Council Meeting March 26, 2012 6:30pm
10. CONSENT MOTION
That Consent Motion Items (a) to (i) be approved.
c) Demolition Control Application DC2012-03
183, 185, 187 King Street North
Report No: DS2012-003
Prepared By: Erica Ogden
“That Waterloo City Council approve Development Services report DS2012-003 and approve Demolition Control Application DC2012-03, Maison Canada., for the lands known municipally 183, 185, and 187 King Street North in accordance with Section 8 of DS2012-003.”
Maison Canada has submitted an application to demolish the existing buildings on the properties known municipally as 183, 185, 187 King Street North (see Location Map). The subject lands contain two (2) single detached dwellings and one (1) 3 storey apartment building and will be legally consolidated to form one single parcel of land. The demolition has been requested to facilitate the redevelopment of the lands for the purpose of constructing a new 11-storey, 37-unit apartment building containing 185 bedrooms.
The subject property is located within the Area of Demolition Control as outlined in By-law No. 86-122 and therefore the dwellings may only be demolished with Council's approval.
Staff support the issuance of a demolition permit based on the following:
- the proposed redevelopment is in keeping with the Official Plan;
- the proposed redevelopment is in keeping with the Demolition Control By-law 86-122;
- the proposed redevelopment provides an intensification opportunity in an area planned for high density redevelopment; and
- the proposed building may provide an opportunity for affordable and/or rental housing in close proximity to existing transit services.
Exisiting Conditions 183 King Street North
Exisiting Conditions 185 King Street North
Exisiting Conditions 187 King Street North
Northdale may be under a development freeze, but lets continue to fuck up King street.
Students only and no mixed use. A winning combination for the developer, loosing for everyone else.
I have totally lost count of how many of these stucco one use monsters are under construction and or proposed.
This unbuilt development is listed in a residential listing magazine as for sale for $18 Million. I believe it was listed as having 205 bedrooms, which equates to $88 k per bed. Another building that is maxed out at 5 beds/unit. Again, no balconies.
Last edited by planningthatplannyplan; 04-30-2012 at 07:29 PM.
July 29, 2012
The site's been cleared...
August 13, 2012
I have a feeling that none of these stucco monsters are going to last much more than 10years in their current format. Maybe it's wishful thinking but hopefully the first floors can be converted to mixed use and the units can be rent/sold to anyone not just students.
On a separate note, as these developments continue we are going to start to create a seasonal ghost town effect in certain areas as whole buildings are going to be virtually vacant. Even with UW's co-op program.
This occurred to me as I was looking at the new building in King and Albert. Rents in the first floor could easily be trebled if converted to commercial space. If I were the owner of that building I would be all over the WCC pushing for rezoning.
Some others, I can imagine will awkwardly renovate first floor bedrooms into retail. But without the zoning changing underneath them, they would likely not put any effort into it.
Excavation - September 5, 2012
September 25, 2012
October 12, 2012
November 7, 2012
The colours in the building behind that one remind me of the Stata Centre. More right angles, though.
December 18, 2012
January 16, 2013
I remember when its seven story "skyscraper" neighbour to the South along King went up, and thinking (1) it is much needed and jokingly (2) who the heck did the builder sleep with to get it approved since back then nothing of that height was being approved anywhere in Waterloo.
Today it looks puny next to its eleven+ story neighbours all around. How times change and many neighbourhoods could have been preserved had the city approved proper student housing back then.