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RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - Spokes - 05-19-2017

(05-18-2017, 06:46 AM)Rainrider22 Wrote: And you have firm confirmation now !!

https://www.therecord.com/news-story/7321103-thalmic-labs-expanding-into-former-furniture-store/

Happy to see them growing so much.  I wonder if there would be some way to connect the buildings.  Having them side by side with no connection seems like a waste.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - Pheidippides - 05-21-2017

(05-12-2017, 03:33 PM)nms Wrote: It looks like the Victoria/Westmount medical campus will be getting a big upgrade.  As I passed by there was a "Coming Soon" sign that showed a mixed-use project with (I believe) medical offices on the main floor and residential above for at least two or three stories.

I think this is just on the former Taco Bell property:
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RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - Pheidippides - 05-21-2017

Some work being done on the old Schlichter's property on Queen:
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RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - TMKM94 - 05-22-2017

(05-21-2017, 10:38 AM)Pheidippides Wrote:
(05-12-2017, 03:33 PM)nms Wrote: It looks like the Victoria/Westmount medical campus will be getting a big upgrade.  As I passed by there was a "Coming Soon" sign that showed a mixed-use project with (I believe) medical offices on the main floor and residential above for at least two or three stories.

I think this is just on the former Taco Bell property:

I think it is to but I don't know for sure. According to this website the developer owns both properties. http://www.profunds.ca/invest-westmount.html
http://www.profunds.ca/invest-kitchener.html


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - Pheidippides - 05-22-2017

(05-22-2017, 06:00 AM)TMKM94 Wrote:
(05-21-2017, 10:38 AM)Pheidippides Wrote: I think this is just on the former Taco Bell property:

I think it is to but I don't know for sure. According to this website the developer owns both properties. http://www.profunds.ca/invest-westmount.html
http://www.profunds.ca/invest-kitchener.html

I only said that because based on the billboard's render it looks like the driveway entrance to Angel's.


Does the billboard on the Victoria side show a different render?


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - mpd618 - 05-22-2017

From the investor info sheet linked on the Profunds page:

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RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - MacBerry - 05-22-2017

(05-19-2017, 10:35 AM)Spokes Wrote:
(05-18-2017, 06:46 AM)Rainrider22 Wrote: And you have firm confirmation now !!

https://www.therecord.com/news-story/7321103-thalmic-labs-expanding-into-former-furniture-store/

Happy to see them growing so much.  I wonder if there would be some way to connect the buildings.  Having them side by side with no connection seems like a waste.

I am thinking it is significantly cheaper for individuals to put on a coat and go outside for a fresh 20 metre air break. Thalmic likely will need a larger space over the next 3-5 years and so newer digs might mean they would sell the first smaller building.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - rangersfan - 05-25-2017

Not really news but I just came across the sales brochure for Trinity United Church property and it lists a bid submission deadline by April 5, 2017.

I wonder how much interest this property garnered, it's a fantastic location.

http://www.collierscanada.com/21367


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - GtwoK - 05-26-2017

(05-21-2017, 11:43 AM)Pheidippides Wrote: Some work being done on the old Schlichter's property on Queen:

Not sure how much is known about this development yet, but I found out today that the upper floor(s?) — the side facing Queen — is being split into 2 startup offices. I can't name the one, as it's not 100% finalized yet, but if all goes well they should be looking at a September move in date.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - panamaniac - 05-29-2017

I hope someone will post pics of the upcoming conversion of Goudies Lane into a pedestrian patio. There are a number of spots Downtown that could, someday, benefit from similar treatment, istm. If it's a success, it would be great to see the hours extended to evenings and Saturdays.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - kaiserdiver - 05-29-2017

(05-29-2017, 11:21 AM)panamaniac Wrote: I hope someone will post pics of the upcoming conversion of Goudies Lane into a pedestrian patio.  There are a number of spots Downtown that could, someday, benefit from similar treatment, istm.  If it's a success, it would be great to see the hours extended to evenings and Saturdays.

The 9-5 hours are a real head-scratcher for me. Isn't that one of the problems with downtown Kitchener, that everyone rolls up the carpet and heads home at 5 o'clock? I like the idea in general, but unless it's for dinner hours or weekends, I'm never going to make use of it.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - Owen - 05-29-2017

(05-29-2017, 11:39 AM)kaiserdiver Wrote:
(05-29-2017, 11:21 AM)panamaniac Wrote: I hope someone will post pics of the upcoming conversion of Goudies Lane into a pedestrian patio.  There are a number of spots Downtown that could, someday, benefit from similar treatment, istm.  If it's a success, it would be great to see the hours extended to evenings and Saturdays.

The 9-5 hours are a real head-scratcher for me. Isn't that one of the problems with downtown Kitchener, that everyone rolls up the carpet and heads home at 5 o'clock? I like the idea in general, but unless it's for dinner hours or weekends, I'm never going to make use of it.

What it's missing is street cafe's. Creating a patio and adding some artwork is going to fall flat - contrast this with European cities like Rome or Vienna where every little side alley has unique cafe's and restaurants to discover. I was recently in Jakarta, and they had created a 'simulated' lane out of a long concrete walkway/hallway that entered a parking garage - they had added everything from cobblestone to building facades - but then look up and you see the concrete beams and ceilings of a parking garage - in the simulated lane and inside the restaurants/cafes themselves. It was amazing - we spent an entire evening at a table on the 'street' drinking wine (and it kept striking me that I was drinking in a parking garage ... but it worked!) How do we get the adjacent owners to create retail (cafe/restaurant) space for lease - that is what will really bring the lane(s) to life.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - GtwoK - 05-29-2017

(05-29-2017, 12:23 PM)Owen Wrote:
(05-29-2017, 11:39 AM)kaiserdiver Wrote: The 9-5 hours are a real head-scratcher for me. Isn't that one of the problems with downtown Kitchener, that everyone rolls up the carpet and heads home at 5 o'clock? I like the idea in general, but unless it's for dinner hours or weekends, I'm never going to make use of it.

What it's missing is street cafe's.   Creating a patio and adding some artwork is going to fall flat - contrast this with European cities like Rome or Vienna where every little side alley has unique cafe's and restaurants to discover.  I was recently in Jakarta, and they had created a 'simulated' lane out of a long concrete walkway/hallway that entered a parking garage  - they had added everything from cobblestone to building facades - but then look up and you see the concrete beams and ceilings of a parking garage - in the simulated lane and inside the restaurants/cafes themselves.  It was amazing - we spent an entire evening at a table on the 'street' drinking wine (and it kept striking me that I was drinking in a parking garage ... but it worked!)     How do we get the adjacent owners to create retail (cafe/restaurant) space for lease - that is what will really bring the lane(s) to life.

But Smile Tiger is right there! Sure, it might not face the patio, but I doubt you're going to get TWO cafes to open up in an small alleyway that's less than 100 meters long...


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - panamaniac - 05-29-2017

I had assumed the patio was intended as an outdoor seating area for Smile Tiger. I could see it being a decent spot to sit in the shade on a hot day with something from the Food Block, but I guess it's going to be less than I had hoped. The "animation" of Vogelsang Green across the street was more limited but never seemed to amount to much.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - rangersfan - 05-29-2017

Noticed today that 32 Weber St W (formerly Knox United Church) is home to Big Bliss Yoga and Fitness.
Not sure how long this has been the case.