Waterscape: keep it grand
As developments go, Waterscape on the Grand River condominiums seems to have the ear of city council.
The riverfront condominium is a luxury building which seems to be attempting to “simplify” its design while construction is ongoing. Simplify is a kinder word than save money.
Not that saving money is against the law, it just seems that the project – supposedly the gateway to Galt – seems to be removing the welcome mat.
Its request to council includes changing the size of windows and railings. But the most questionable refinement is swapping the stone treatment on the first four floors for stucco and eliminating or scaling back some of the building’s finer exterior details.
Cambridge takes pride in its look. It fights for heritage sites and historic continuity. Changing the exterior from stone work to stucco will be an eyesore.
Understandably, building tenants just want to move in. Some have been waiting years for the luxury units to be ready. Another delay to sort out simplifications is the last thing they want.
Once completed, Waterscape will be a city landmark. Developers should be respectful of that role and not cheapen the view.