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

I think you mean Zion United. I wonder what part of the building they're using - the place is huge?


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - Spokes - 05-30-2017

(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.

That's what stood out to me too.  Shouldn't they be doing things to get people to DTK AFTER 5??


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - Spokes - 05-30-2017

(05-29-2017, 02:20 PM)rangersfan Wrote: 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.

I thought I'd heard they were going to be doing a lot of subleasing until a long term plan was figured out.  But don't quote me on that.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - kidgibnick - 05-30-2017

I hope this project with Goudies Lane goes over well. Kitchener-Waterloo need to consider that making quasi-vacant space available for people to volunteer and transform un-used spaces into liveable spaces. I live in Berlin Germany, a city famous for being innovative of creating bier gardens, raves, homes, and liveable spaces out of derelict spots. If the city of Kitchener would lift the drinking-in-public bylaws, make busking licenses easy to get, and allow open-air markets (flohmarkt) for vendors, crafts, and antiques buy-n-sell, people night naturally congregate to these areas, and stimulate DIY culture. I'd love to get involved somehow in transforming downtown Kitchener into an enjoyable outdoor public space. City Council's openness to new ideas and public-support will be crucial, but at least they're starting with this beta test. Google image "mauerpark berlin", "holzmarkt berlin", and "birgit und bier berlin" for nice inspiration!


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - Brenden - 06-01-2017

(05-29-2017, 02:37 PM)panamaniac Wrote: I think you mean Zion United.  I wonder what part of the building they're using - the place is huge?

There is a small gym off to the side that they are using. The building is cool and would make a unique space. The land load is the same guy who owns the box factory, he has a lot of ideas, but not sure if he can deliver on it.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - GtwoK - 06-01-2017

There seems to be a small public consultation type thing going on right now in Goudies Lane, for the Vogelsang Green / Queen St! Not sure if this is how these things are normally run, but there's some information boards up and a "put stickers on the features you most want to see" thing going on. Not sure if the info boards are available online, but if not I'll post the 2 concepts later!


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - panamaniac - 06-01-2017

(06-01-2017, 07:06 PM)GtwoK Wrote: There seems to be a small public consultation type thing going on right now in Goudies Lane, for the Vogelsang Green / Queen St! Not sure if this is how these  things are normally run, but there's some information boards up and a "put stickers on the features you most want to see" thing going on. Not sure if the info boards are available online, but if not I'll post the 2 concepts later!

Wouldn't that be the inauguration of the Goudies Lane patio that was mentioned a couple of days back.  It was supposed to start up today.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - GtwoK - 06-02-2017

That was the main event! But at the one end of the lane way was a small tent with info boards Smile


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - panamaniac - 06-02-2017

Found it - it was a public consultation for the Queen St Streetscape Project:

The Queen Street corridor, between Duke and Charles Streets, is an important part of Kitchener's history and landscape, and will become an even more important link for pedestrians once the LRT is up and running.

As part of the city's capital improvement program, Queen Street is slated for resurfacing and Vogelsang Green is due for some improvements at the same time.
Before the required infrastructure upgrades begin, staff is taking the opportunity to look at the big picture to identify what the priorities are, and what work needs to be done, while considering how residents will use and interact with the space.

The two preliminary concepts being consulted can be found here:  http://kitchener.ca/en/insidecityhall/resources/Community-Engagement/161413466_Concepts_12.pdf


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - Spokes - 06-02-2017

(06-02-2017, 08:46 AM)panamaniac Wrote: Found it - it was a public consultation for the Queen St Streetscape Project:

The Queen Street corridor, between Duke and Charles Streets, is an important part of Kitchener's history and landscape, and will become an even more important link for pedestrians once the LRT is up and running.

As part of the city's capital improvement program, Queen Street is slated for resurfacing and Vogelsang Green is due for some improvements at the same time.
Before the required infrastructure upgrades begin, staff is taking the opportunity to look at the big picture to identify what the priorities are, and what work needs to be done, while considering how residents will use and interact with the space.

The two preliminary concepts being consulted can be found here:  http://kitchener.ca/en/insidecityhall/resources/Community-Engagement/161413466_Concepts_12.pdf

Curious what people think between the two concepts.  I think I like the first one better, with the water feature, but I like some of the lighting options for the laneways in particular from the second option.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - tomh009 - 06-02-2017

Definitely #1. #2 isn't bad by any means but I really like the first one.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - REnerd - 06-02-2017

I prefer the first option.  Love the amphitheater park.  Don't love the modern style streetlights, would prefer what is currently there.

I think the string lighting would get old a bit quickly.  

Both concepts don't disappoint....


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - clasher - 06-02-2017

I like the Queen Street plans, seems like the Walper's valet parking isn't in any of them anymore... that seems to cause a bit of a bottleneck in an already tight spot.

I just noticed today the "for sale" signs on that ugly pink house at the corner of Joseph and Queen... anyone know how long that's been for sale?


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - tomh009 - 06-02-2017

(06-02-2017, 12:43 PM)clasher Wrote: I just noticed today the "for sale" signs on that ugly pink house at the corner of Joseph and Queen... anyone know how long that's been for sale?

Maybe a month or so.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - panamaniac - 06-02-2017

It badly needs to be gone, along with its two neighbours.