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RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - Markster - 06-29-2017

(06-29-2017, 02:28 PM)DHLawrence Wrote: It's going to be harder for U-Haul to justify staying there the more these developments box it in.

So long as the condos are going up, I'd say there's a decent proposition for sticking around a little bit longer, at least while property values are still rising. Think of the convenience of getting a rental van that you can return and then walk home from after your move!


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - panamaniac - 06-29-2017

To be honest, I'd rather see Manulife expand its offices by finally building a tower on the podium at Water and Charles, but killing another big parking lot would be quite nice too!


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - KevinL - 06-29-2017

They just renovated that building (that's what the article was about!) so I don't see a tower being added soon.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - jeffster - 06-30-2017

(06-29-2017, 02:05 PM)urbd Wrote:
(06-29-2017, 11:19 AM)Owen Wrote: https://www.therecord.com/news-story/7397459-manulife-pulls-the-wraps-off-renovated-space/

... "Adolphe did hint that Manulife is looking into further real estate investment in downtown Kitchener." ...

A little bird told me that the parking lot across the street (boxed in by Water and Francis, Joseph and Charles) is in the planning stage for a major development: 3 story podium plus two +20 story towers.  Additional Manulife offices in the podium with residential condos above.

I heard the same thing too!

That would be interesting, so where would the city put their new parking garage they want to build on that exact same lot?

Though I do like this plan a lot better.

I work for the city, maybe I'll see if Cory Bluhm knows any details of this. Since I am not in planning, though, and if it's 'under wraps' to what is going on in that area, if they do tell me, and if it's confidential, then you guys are out of luck...sorry.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - taylortbb - 06-30-2017

I believe the city garage is intended for the city lot across Charles St from the Manulife proposal. Both are intending to build on their own properties.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - panamaniac - 06-30-2017

(06-30-2017, 06:16 AM)taylortbb Wrote: I believe the city garage is intended for the city lot across Charles St from the Manulife proposal. Both are intending to build on their own properties.

That was also my understanding.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - jgsz - 07-01-2017

(06-20-2017, 10:08 AM)panamaniac Wrote: Seems more like a clean-up and reno of the Nougat building, more than preps for any imminent redevelopment.

I heard through the grapevine that a building will be going up on that site.  It won't be as tall as the Iron Horse Towers and it will taper  down towards David Street.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - panamaniac - 07-01-2017

If they can save the old feed silos, I'm all for it!


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - jgsz - 07-01-2017

That unattractive prefab building on Kehl is being painted.  (Google photo)

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Took a photo from the expressway and you can see the new paint.  The paint on part of the building (blocked by trees) looks rather cubist.  

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RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - panamaniac - 07-01-2017

One could honestly say it has never looked better ....


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - EdM - 07-01-2017

(07-01-2017, 10:47 AM)panamaniac Wrote: If they can save the old feed silos, I'm all for it!

What I've seen doesn't reuse anything already there. I don't think there's any hope the silos will remain.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - GtwoK - 07-01-2017

Filling in parking lots is nice and all, but 2 whole blocks directly across from the parking being unusable to the public (as in, solely manulife offices) feels a little claustrophobic to me...

Woudl love to see some chops in here. Give people a reason to actually want to walk around downtown, rather than stick to a few blocks of King St. Show people there's more to the city than a small stretch of stores.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - Rainrider22 - 07-02-2017

(07-01-2017, 04:48 PM)GtwoK Wrote: Filling in parking lots is nice and all, but 2 whole blocks directly across from the parking being unusable to the public (as in, solely manulife offices) feels a little claustrophobic to me...

Woudl love to see some chops i
n here. Give people a reason to actually want to walk around downtown, rather than stick to a few blocks of King St. Show people there's more to the city than a small stretch of stores.

It might be a little premature to conclude that there wont be any retail component to a development which at this stage is hearsay...


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

I'd like to see the city stepping in on things like this to ensure that it happens.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - highlander - 07-06-2017

(07-01-2017, 10:28 AM)jgsz Wrote:
(06-20-2017, 10:08 AM)panamaniac Wrote: Seems more like a clean-up and reno of the Nougat building, more than preps for any imminent redevelopment.

I heard through the grapevine that a building will be going up on that site.  It won't be as tall as the Iron Horse Towers and it will taper  down towards David Street.

From Frank Etherington's blog.

Quote:an attractive condominium development on the former Nougat Bakery site and the ugly, neighbouring auto business next to the Iron Horse Trail. The development — an 11-storey condo fronting on Queen Street dropping to a six-storey building at the rear facing David Street — will start with demolition of existing buildings. Construction is likely to continue into 2018.