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RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - Viewfromthe42 - 08-28-2017

Is this where they say "if you listen to neighbours who want to see two families max living on that lot, no one will ever buy it"
and
"if you want someone to invest in refinishing this old building, they'll need to put either many high end units into it, or expand the floor space to accommodate more units, or both"?


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - MidTowner - 08-28-2017

Which neighbours have said they want to see two families max on that lot? Anecdotally as someone in the neighbourhood, there's a general understanding that it will not be single-family homes there, and some density will be what it takes to get that eyesore removed.

Hopefully council and staff really are talking about being proactive, and somehow sending a message to potential buyers that density will be welcomed.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - Viewfromthe42 - 08-28-2017

Anecdotally as well, any time I've heard neighbourhood voices speak about that building, in paper directly or from any council discussion, it's been of the mindset that no business be set up there which would cause cars to come and go (isn't that the heritage of that building, however? To be a workplace and have many cars coming and going at start/end of workday? Why do we never talk about preserving *that* kind of heritage?). So I always hear of it in the form of 1) don't put a business there, and 2) don't generate more traffic than the equivalent acreage of single family homes (that lot would take a few homes, were it like its neighbours), and 3) do not allow for any additions to the site which would add square footage, regardless of use.

Issue for that site is that the remediation (of the land) and restoration (of the building) will be so expensive that you could not pay for them with just the current square footage created for average market prices. So if no expansion is allowed, the only way to get someone to develop would be to pay for the remediation/restoration out of city coffers, to give the neighbours what they want (again, based on all I've ever heard from them). I seem to recall there being a proposal at one point to densify that site to be 6, maybe 8 storeys of units, which got some of the most heated opposition.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - tomh009 - 08-31-2017

23 Eby St S is being renovated and converted into a duplex:

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RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - Pheidippides - 09-01-2017

19 Wellington N. (behind the Hasty Market and Phat Cat plaza) has been demolished already.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - MacBerry - 09-02-2017

(09-01-2017, 10:24 PM)Pheidippides Wrote: 19 Wellington N. (behind the Hasty Market and Phat Cat plaza) has been demolished already.

I was looking at the GOOGLE street view for 19 Wellington from the link shown and wound up down memory lane.

GOOGLE street view from only May 2015 wow things have changed (stating the obvious)
 
No LRT tracks, No king Street railway bridge, No finished mini GOOGLE Plex and No SIXO Midtown (just a plaza) and Yes to the old MickieDs 

Looking EAST:



Looking WEST:




RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - KevinL - 09-02-2017

'WE ARE OPEN DURING CONSTRUCTION' - Well, until they closed, I guess.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - Pheidippides - 09-02-2017

The houses that were demolished at 43 Wellington St N and 26 Moore Ave were zoned R-5.

The allowed uses for R-5 are:
Coach House Dwelling Unit
Duplex Dwelling
Home Business
Hospice (By-law 2013-124, S.37)
Lodging House
Multiple Dwelling
Private Home Day Care
Residential Care Facility
Semi-Detached Duplex Dwelling legally existing prior to July 31, 2014 (OMB Order PL140037, Bylaw 2013-149 (Amended), S. 6)
Semi-Detached Dwelling
Single Detached Dwelling


Does that mean that an off-street parking lot for a facility that is 150m away is not allowed under the current zoning?

Thanks!


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - jgsz - 09-06-2017

(01-20-2017, 06:57 AM)rangersfan Wrote: After years of contemplating redevelopment Trinity United Church has hired a real estate professional.


http://m.therecord.com/news-story/7075709-trinity-united-hires-realtor-to-find-buyer

According to an article in the Record the church has a conditional buyer.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - panamaniac - 09-06-2017

That was relatively fast, given what the church wants to do with this project (ie incorporate a social housing component and space for the church, as I understand it). Will be interesting to see what the developer comes up with. It's such a prime site!


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - Coke6pk - 09-06-2017

Similar discussions are progressing at St. Mark's Lutheran at King/Green.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - jgsz - 09-06-2017

(09-06-2017, 10:56 AM)Coke6pk Wrote: Similar discussions are progressing at St. Mark's Lutheran at King/Green.

Do you have more info on this?


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - MidTowner - 09-06-2017

The church's web site has their annual report, which has some info about their contract with a property consultant. Different options for redevelopment been discussed for a few years, but I think more seriously the last year or so.

It's a beautiful church, but also a location with a lot of different possibilities.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - panamaniac - 09-06-2017

Does St Mark's Lutheran own the parking lot behind the church?


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - Coke6pk - 09-06-2017

I'm a member there, so there have been on going discussions, we are slowly approaching the final decision of our future.

The church does a lot of community ministry, and hosts a lot of non-profit groups and meetings.  The church will likely be seeking a partner who can allow us to continue to have a worship space, as well as continue to have a downtown (uptown I guess) presence and hosting space for these community groups.

The church is not looking to sell off for a profit, they want a partner.  The main thought process right now is leaning towards partnering with GRH, who is land locked.  In the next month or so the congregation will decide on the next steps.

Coke

EDIT: Parking lot is owned by the city, with a use agreement for Sunday mornings.  There is a small 3 car lot owned by the church at the rear, and the small lot at the front.