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RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - panamaniac - 06-01-2015

Renovation work started today on the exterior of the former Hive on King St E at Scott. I had hoped that the owner might shell out for brick cladding but it looks like it's going to be dark brown stucco.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - tomh009 - 06-01-2015

(06-01-2015, 04:44 PM)panamaniac Wrote: Renovation work started today on the exterior of the former Hive on King St E at Scott.  I had hoped that the owner might shell out for brick cladding but it looks like it's going to be dark brown stucco.

I think the biggest problem isn't stucco as the raw material as such, it's the dull and unimaginative use of stucco.  You can do very nice stucco buildings and very ugly ones, like with any other material.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - BuildingScout - 06-01-2015

(06-01-2015, 06:35 PM)tomh009 Wrote:
(06-01-2015, 04:44 PM)panamaniac Wrote: Renovation work started today on the exterior of the former Hive on King St E at Scott.  I had hoped that the owner might shell out for brick cladding but it looks like it's going to be dark brown stucco.

I think the biggest problem isn't stucco as the raw material as such, it's the dull and unimaginative use of stucco.  You can do very nice stucco buildings and very ugly ones, like with any other material.


No, no, you don't understand. You see this?

[Image: LC14-GRANADA-MC021.jpg]


It's just so ugly and why? because it's stucco.


(In case you are wondering that is a detail of the Palace of Alhambra, a UNESCO World Heritage Building in Granada, Spain).


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - panamaniac - 06-01-2015

But is it ACRYLIC stucco? Wink


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - tomh009 - 06-01-2015

(06-01-2015, 08:40 PM)BuildingScout Wrote: It's just so ugly and why? because it's stucco.

(In case you are wondering that is a detail of the Palace of Alhambra, a UNESCO World Heritage Building in Granada, Spain).

We visited Alhambra last year ... an absolutely fantastic place.  And apart from that, it was impressive that (most of) the stucco has lasted the better part of a millenium.

A few photos here (to minimize off-topic content): http://imgur.com/a/Kmxqk/


(I am assuming your comment was tongue-in-cheek ...)


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - BuildingScout - 06-01-2015

(06-01-2015, 09:04 PM)tomh009 Wrote: We visited Alhambra last year ... an absolutely fantastic place.  And apart from that, it was impressive that (most of) the stucco has lasted the better part of a millenium.

A few photos here (to minimize off-topic content): http://imgur.com/a/Kmxqk/

(I am assuming your comment was tongue-in-cheek ...)

Thanks for sharing your pictures. A breathtaking place.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - rangersfan - 06-03-2015

402 and 404 Ottawa St have been demolished. I was hoping since this is quite close to the Mill St LRT it was going to be developed high density residential.
http://www.google.ca/url?q=http://www.kitchener.ca/en/Calendar/Download.ashx%3FId%3D549fabf9-7f5c-4515-b3bf-ded098ba2fe6&sa=U&ei=JtBuVYb-LcrvtQWTq4GoBw&ved=0CBAQFjAD&usg=AFQjCNERZOFKx8-u0iqSWiR0z_MMFmvvZA

The Coptic Orthodox Church next door is expanding, further details below :
http://www.google.ca/url?q=http://kitchener.ca.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php%3Fview_id%3D2%26clip_id%3D326%26meta_id%3D17372&sa=U&ei=JtBuVYb-LcrvtQWTq4GoBw&ved=0CBYQFjAF&usg=AFQjCNFUysKUycRS-xcjZMbn5rhxztiyDA


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - DHLawrence - 06-06-2015

Weber Street apartment building under fire watch

Quote:A seedy Kitchener apartment building plagued by what tenants call homeless drug addicts has been declared a fire hazard.

The Kitchener Fire Department has issued a "fire watch" on the 40-unit building at 48 Weber St. W.

If things get worse, the City of Kitchener could take the extreme step of ordering tenants to vacate.

The superintendent and property manager, however, says the sprawling four-storey building could be sold soon and completely renovated to live up to its previous name: the Berlin Palace.



RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - jamincan - 06-07-2015

I hope it doesn't get torn down; I quite like the building.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - clasher - 06-07-2015

It was beautiful inside when I was in a unit 10+ years ago, it's a shame that drug policy in this country leads to this kinds of situations.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - REnerd - 06-07-2015

Not sure that it is drug policy that is to blame in this instance (however, I do agree they could use some 'updating').

I put the blame on the Landlord/management for something like this.  There are other buildings that operate nicely around there.  


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - mpd618 - 06-07-2015

(06-07-2015, 07:02 PM)REnerd Wrote: I put the blame on the Landlord/management for something like this.  There are other buildings that operate nicely around there.  

Terry Good is a notoriously bad landlord.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - REnerd - 06-08-2015

(06-07-2015, 07:32 PM)mpd618 Wrote:
(06-07-2015, 07:02 PM)REnerd Wrote: I put the blame on the Landlord/management for something like this.  There are other buildings that operate nicely around there.  

Terry Good is a notoriously bad landlord.

A bit of an ironic name in that case, no?  Smile


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - MidTowner - 06-08-2015

Normally I'm not into rashly labelling people "speculator," but this sounds frankly pretty disguisting. Keeping the building 75% vacant means there was never any real chance for residents to have their building improved, and the real victims are those people who are just a side benefit income stream until the land appreciates enough to sell.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - jgsz - 06-08-2015

Terry Good has a bit of history in this area.  He's from a good, local family but he's been in the news in the past.



From January 13, 2000: link





Quote:
A man found guilty in the shooting of Kitchener landlord Terry Good had his sentencing delayed Wednesday.

[George Carter] was acquitted in October of attempting to murder Good, and found guilty of the aggravated assault charge and several weapons offences.
 

October 28, 1999: link

Quote:
The charges were the result of the July 29, 1998 incident in which [George Carter], 53, shot Good, 49, four times with a sawed-off shotgun outside [Terry Good]'s Mount Hope street home. Carter testified he systematically carried out the attack in revenge against Good for allegedly setting him up in a botched drug deal ten years earlier.


Justice Reilly based his decision largely on evidence that showed even though Carter's shots were fired at close range, they did not strike Good in areas which would have proved fatal. Recent testimony from a ballistics expert could not prove how accurately Carter had aimed. Nevertheless, Good suffered substantial life-threatening injuries leading to the loss of his spleen and a kidney.



The judge was careful not to diminish Carter's actions. He said if Good had died, there would be "overwhelming evidence" for a first-degree murder charge, and that the choice of a sawed-off shotgun suggests an intent to kill. He had observed Carter as, "not a man to be restricted by pangs of conscience," and further stated, "at no time did he attempt to elicit the sympathy of the court."