I would rather see an NHL arena go there. I mean, if we are going to dream, lets go all out.
The space in front of City Hall is nice, very functional, and very well used, but not really "major", imo. I'd like to think big, as in an entire city block. Why couldn't Kitchener have something like Dominion Square in Montreal, or the fantastic main plaza in Montpellier, France with the LRT running through it. There are lots of great examples.
Never gonna happen, I know, but I like to dream.
New tenant could save old building on Tannery property
Terry Pender, The Record | August 3, 2012 | LINK
[Emory] confirmed that Allied is in talks with a potential tenant in a deal that would see the former Hide House at 195 Joseph St. saved and reused.
Allied paid $61.75 million for the former Lang tannery at Victoria and Charles streets in downtown Kitchener. That deal closed on Wednesday.
The former owner, Cadan Inc., transformed the sprawling warren of old buildings into a high-tech hub, but outraged heritage preservationists in 2010 when it demolished four old industrial buildings on Joseph Street to make way for a gravel parking lot.
Interesting article, does not provide many details but offers hope that the building may be reused in the near future.
Fingers crossed that that building can be saved. When you drive past it, it seems pretty clear that any redevelopment of the site would be better if the Hide House could be saved and incorporated as part of it.
One interesting thing I've noticed is that the parking lot between the Hide House and Victoria Street is never very full, even though the Tannery seems to be pretty full with tenants. If the lot had markings and was a little more efficient with its space, I would say only about half is ever in use.
Anyone know any details of how parking is arranged for companies in the Tannery?
Over the last couple of days there has been activity in the parking lot facing Victoria St S, relating to what I assume is soil sampling and testing.
There hasnt been any news about "site B" since the new owner took over has there?
There has been some news from the new owners. Here's a story from the Record Aug. 4 http://www.therecord.com/news/local/...nnery-property I expect the activity is related to the potential tenant's use of the building and/or part of planning to determine how best to use the site. I'm still pushing for a Distillery District inspired pedestrian artsy/food/drink area: http://kingandottawa.com/2012/07/12/...ct-for-people/