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RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - MidTowner - 02-16-2017

The Walter street semis were two sets of semis on two lots. If you have a forty-odd-foot lot, you sure can demolish your home to build two semis which will apparently sell for approaching $600,000 each. No rezoning, or even variances, required.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - ijmorlan - 02-16-2017

(02-16-2017, 05:53 PM)MidTowner Wrote: The Walter street semis were two sets of semis on two lots. If you have a forty-odd-foot lot, you sure can demolish your home to build two semis which will apparently sell for approaching $600,000 each. No rezoning, or even variances, required.

If the zoning allows semis. Yes, zoning is that absurdly specific. In fact, I recall a townhouse development which had to get a zone change to allow one of the buildings in the development to have only two units in it — in other words, to be a semi, not allowed as of right in the area zoned for townhouses.

Another factoid: the Waterloo zoning bylaw refers specifically to “picture framing” businesses. Need I say more?


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - MidTowner - 02-17-2017

Yep, zoning can be bizarrely specific sometimes. But Walter Street and nearby neighbourhoods (there are small pockets zoned differently) allow semis as a matter of course. The setbacks would be the concern, but they are not extremely onerous (1.2 meters from the side lot, I think).


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - MidTowner - 02-26-2017

That's great that they're intending to clean it up, but it doesn't sound to me like the problem lies with the tenant. If he has a lease until the end of July, there is very little they can do (I mean legally) to have his apartment vacated by April.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - tomh009 - 02-26-2017

The tenant says he would vacate if he gets a written commitment for three months' rent -- so it seems an easy problem to solve.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - rangersfan - 02-26-2017

It's also interesting that Stephen Litt is involved, his company /former company Revel Development gained a bit of a reputation for not always wanting to play by the rules.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - Viewfromthe42 - 02-27-2017

(02-26-2017, 09:33 PM)rangersfan Wrote: It's also interesting that Stephen Litt is involved, his company /former company Revel Development gained a bit of a reputation for not always wanting to play by the rules.

The renting experience I encountered with them was by far the worst of any "professional" landlord I've encountered in the area. Mould, vermin, the tenancies act; I don't think I ever found something they weren't all too happy to ignore.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - tomh009 - 03-04-2017

J&P Grocery is getting ready to open!
https://twitter.com/jandpgrocery/status/837335871821066240

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RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - tomh009 - 03-07-2017

The Benton Urgent Care Clinic is getting close to opening, albeit almost six months behind schedule.  Interior work appears to be largely complete, could possibly be finished this month.  No indication of an opening date yet, though.

Some space still available, too:
http://www.whitneyre.com/propertyDetails.cfm?propertyID=984829F1-A654-F444-7E6B-FCA4C7AFC534


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RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - Pheidippides - 03-07-2017

It appears that there is a demolition fence around the two houses on the south east corner of Moore and Wellington.

According the Kitchener permit system the properties (26 Moore Ave and 43 Wellington St N) are owned by Perimeter Development Corp, but I can't tell if the demolition permits have actually been issued or are still pending.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - MidTowner - 03-07-2017

There was a hydro disconnect and some other work going on there on Thursday and Friday.

If I recall correctly, once the permits appear in the system (with status 'Open'), they have been issued. So maybe it will happen rather soon.

If these are demolished just to bring the parking lot to the corner, that's kind of a shame.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - KevinL - 03-07-2017

I'm hopeful that it is to consolidate the lot for a new development. That surface parking can only last so long in such a prime location.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - tomh009 - 03-07-2017

(03-07-2017, 05:31 PM)Pheidippides Wrote: It appears that there is a demolition fence around the two houses on the south east corner of Moore and Wellington.

According the Kitchener permit system the properties (26 Moore Ave and 43 Wellington St N) are owned by Perimeter Development Corp, but I can't tell if the demolition permits have actually been issued or are still pending.

Demolition permits applied for (almost two months ago!) but not yet issued.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - MidTowner - 03-07-2017

Where do you see that it was applied for but not issued? In the 'Online Permits' database, it says 'Open,' which I always thought meant issued.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - tomh009 - 03-07-2017

(03-07-2017, 08:12 PM)MidTowner Wrote: Where do you see that it was applied for but not issued? In the 'Online Permits' database, it says 'Open,' which I always thought meant issued.

On the GIS system it shows the application date (late January) and the issue date (empty in this case).

Unless the GIS is out of date ...