Construction has begun...
July 18, 2012
Terrible name for a research centre (could anything be more ambiguous than "cold regions"?), but cool project.
Why does this have parking fronting the street?!?! Isn't the Region supposed to be moving away from that terrible practice?
August 15, 2012
Off topic but....The damage that has been done to our city at the permission our council is beyond reprehensible. How they haven't managed (or wanted) to put the hammer down on the flurry of developments they have approved over the past 18 months is maddening to the point of me literally wanting to move to Kitchener. Those are words I never thought I'd say.
embraced modern urbanism concepts and via a plethora of tax break strategies for downtown created a gentrification that only a decade ago seemed like an impossible idea.
If Kitchener continues on this path and Waterloo fails to implement something as simple as zoning for a proper mixed-use street wall along King St. I can easily see downtown become more desirable than Uptown for both business and residential within the decade to come.
When comparing progress in the past decade, make sure to keep in mind the reputation deficit Kitchener is dealing with vs. Waterloo.
In light of this the following look at downtown's progress going back 10 years and a couple forward is nothing to scoff at:
- Kauffman Lofts
- City Centre
- Arrow Lofts
- UofW Pharmaceutical School
- Lang Tannery tech hub
- Breithaupt Block
- Regional Courthouse and subsequent expansion and opening of quality eateries,
- Streetscape improvements and subsequent moves of local favourites from Uptown like Gloss, Silver Spoon and Brown Salon
- Regional Transit Hub
- Uptown developers Momentum buying their first property downtown for future condos
-Queen Street Apartments (between King and Charles)
-117 King West refurbishment by Perimeter
-King/Victoria Transit Hub
-Duke Street Revitalization
-La Marche Residential/Redeveloped Kitchener Market
-KPL Main Branch Upgrades
and more peripherally:
-Fusion Homes proposal for King Street East
"I have always believed that what is originally an abuse does not cease to be one by having become customary."
The student housing portfolio has been mismanaged from day one. By not creating student districts back when land was still empty, by letting monster houses sneak in through the back door, by allowing student warehouses without the creation of districts through mixed usage zoning.
City council record for 2000-2010 is only slightly better, and only because the previous track record is so atrocious.
October 12, 2012
November 29, 2012
December 18, 2012
January 12, 2013
That's some interesting crenellation they've got on the top there.
This project seems a bit unique, if only for being built using concrete blocks! Most developments seem to be poured concrete these days (with or without the foam LEGO blocks).