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RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - tomh009 - 10-26-2017

(10-26-2017, 11:17 AM)MidTowner Wrote:
(10-26-2017, 08:48 AM)BobbyDaSilva Wrote: The City needs to pre-zone for additional density and drop the purchase price to $1 before we see any action on it imo. Too much hair on it.

I agree. They're going to be asking about half a million an acre for this site, but it's got a building that needs to be demolished after possible heritage headaches, and needs possibly very expensive remediation. And there's no guarantee of being able to build any given density here, given that it's a residential street with no buildings over three storeys around.

I don't see any way this property can be unloaded without being proactively up-zoned to give some assurances of what can be built.

Remediation aside, is it really impossible to use the building? This type of building is definitely in demand for the tech sector companies.  as I recall, someone said he had heard "the building is collapsing inside" but thee is no confirmation from anywhere else, and the city has not ordered its demolition as a safety hazard.

At the proposed price, the land cost is only about $1.5M/ha ($600K/acre) and the building potentially has value as well.  Provided the zoning is relaxed, I have to think that the remediation costs would be manageable given the low acquisition costs.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - MidTowner - 10-27-2017

I've never read anything official saying the building is in danger of collapse, or unsafe, or impossible or difficult to rehabilitate. As a non-expert in building and construction, I have no real idea of how much it might cost to bring it up to snuff, or if that's possible. When I say "it's got a building that needs to be demolished," I admit that it's based on anecdotal evidence from neighbours who have been inside (none lately) or talked to city staff in closer detail about this. To me, it looks in bad shape, but I don't know.

So, I guess it's a case of the building potentially having value, or the building potentially being a liability. Hopefully during this sale, prospective buyers are at least allowed on site (which wasn't the case last time) to try to assess that for themselves.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - panamaniac - 10-27-2017

Wasn't there an issue a few years back with one of the walls of the building bowing out?


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - tomh009 - 10-27-2017

(10-27-2017, 07:09 AM)MidTowner Wrote: To me, it looks in bad shape, but I don't know.

The Tannery looked to be in awful shape ten years ago, too, but look at it now ...


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - MidTowner - 10-27-2017

Well, that's exactly why I said "I don't know"!

panamaniac is right that a few years ago (among other issues), one of the walls was noticed to be starting to fall back in on itself. The street was cordoned off for safety's sake. But presumably it was investigated, and determined that at least there was no imminent fear of collapse. So who knows (again: not I).


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - tomh009 - 10-27-2017

Indeed no risk of imminent collapse, otherwise the city would have had it torn down.

There are no doubt repairs that are needed, but that's not unexpected with a brownfield site like this.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - fern1230 - 10-31-2017

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RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - MidTowner - 11-01-2017

wdemaiter posted a comment about a proposed HIP development for 741-751 King Street West (right across from Central Market), 30,000 square feet of office space and 170 rental units.

There is already an office building at 749 King Street West. The other addresses are houses which have been converted to office space.

170+ new neighbours in Midtown would be exciting here!


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - urbd - 11-01-2017

(11-01-2017, 09:55 AM)MidTowner Wrote: wdemaiter posted a comment about a proposed HIP development for 741-751 King Street West (right across from Central Market), 30,000 square feet of office space and 170 rental units.

There is already an office building at 749 King Street West. The other addresses are houses which have been converted to office space.

170+ new neighbours in Midtown would be exciting here!

This is actually great news! Someone try to find a site plan please Smile


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - GtwoK - 11-01-2017

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Even more window frames going in today, and they've got some glass panes stacked against the wall too. I never noticed how similar the construction of this building is compared to the current Thalmic building. If the paint is cleaned off of this one, they'll end up looking like quite the neat pairing.

I was talking to a friend of mine who works at Thalmic and suggested, "it would've been really cool if you guys built an overhead walkway between the 2 buildings", and his response was "who says we aren't?". Not sure if I should be reading into that or if he said it jokingly...


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - tomh009 - 11-01-2017

Nice photo, but the wrong thread. Wink


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - panamaniac - 11-01-2017

A glass walkway/pedestrian bridge across the back of the parking lot would be an interesting feature.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - rangersfan - 11-08-2017

Not sure if this article was posted before (August 30, 2017), but it describes 3 current projects underway by the Masri O Architects in Downtown Kitchener, 1 of which is the American Block, the others I didn't realize were active projects.

http://masrioarchitects.ca/news/page/4/


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - Pheidippides - 11-11-2017

The old Schlicter's property seems to have been ready for a tenant for some time now (I took this a while ago):
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Every time I see the paint job on the smoke stack though I can't help but think that someone can't count (1,2,3) when in fact it is just the address (132).


Also the exterior work at 533 Queen St S seems to be largely done as well, but still no sign of what it might be. New fences, new light standards, now parking lot (10-12 spaces), new trees, new porch:
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RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - GtwoK - 11-13-2017

The Schlicters property is still undergoing construction on the interior still. Occupancy is expected for late December / early January