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RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - tomh009 - 06-19-2017

(06-18-2017, 06:10 PM)jeffster Wrote:
(06-18-2017, 04:35 PM)Pheidippides Wrote: Application for zoning change at 588 and 600 Queen St S (the Nougat property and the garage next door):

Probably another apartment, my guess?

Anyone know how to access those zoning.

Currently zoned MU-1 and MU-2, which allows 13.5m and 2.0 FSR (MU-1), and 24m and 4.0 FSR (MU-2).  The neighbouring Iron Horse Towers (a Drewlo property) is MU-3 so I expect this is what they are applying for, too.  MU-3 removes the 24m maximum although the 4.0 FSR remains (subject to zoning variances).

Yes, most likely high-rise residential.  There really isn't demand for high-rise office space this far from the core, but it's a nice location for apartments or condos.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - Pheidippides - 06-19-2017

According to the Kitchener permit search there are 3, 2017 demolition permits for 588 Queen St S for structures of 500, 200, and 150 sqft.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - white_brian - 06-20-2017

There are 3 buildings in the back as well, we use to have a Shop back there


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - panamaniac - 06-20-2017

Seems more like a clean-up and reno of the Nougat building, more than preps for any imminent redevelopment.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - Pheidippides - 06-22-2017

Don't remember if we have seen this render of the new Schreiter's location at Gage/Belmont:
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RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - Owen - 06-29-2017

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.


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

That would be a very substantial investment in Downtown, hopefully we hear something official in the near future.


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

Wow. If that bird is correct, that changes things in a big way


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

Indeed, that fills a large gap in the downtown puzzle.


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

(06-29-2017, 10:19 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!


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

It's going to be harder for U-Haul to justify staying there the more these developments box it in.


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

(06-29-2017, 01:28 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, 01:05 PM)urbd Wrote:
(06-29-2017, 10:19 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.