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RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - DHLawrence - 07-13-2015

He only had 12 tenants in the building according to CTV.

Why haven't the courts gone after him for this? The word 'slumlord' comes to mind.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - tomh009 - 07-14-2015

(07-13-2015, 11:48 PM)DHLawrence Wrote: Why haven't the courts gone after him for this? The word 'slumlord' comes to mind.

It's the word commonly used on the UW campus back in the 80s.  There has been little change since then.

But I don't think there has been any criminal activity, so the only way for him to end up in court would be for a civil suit, by either a tenant (unlikely in this case) or the city, should there be a breach of contract.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - Spokes - 07-14-2015

(07-13-2015, 04:26 PM)panamaniac Wrote:
(07-13-2015, 04:09 PM)Lens Wrote: 48 Weber Street has been condemned by the city, tenants are gone and it is being boarded up now.

I'm surprised - I thought it might be bought and renovated.  Is it structurally unsound? 

I thought so too.  Maybe the structure was worse than thought?


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - panamaniac - 07-14-2015

Things that make me wonder, with potential to p*ss me off - A couple of weeks ago the fluted stainless steel (?) banding on the overhang of the former TBS on King St was removed for repairs to the wooden frame. Today the band is being replaced - with fluted aluminium siding.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - panamaniac - 07-16-2015

Interior renovations are now underway at the former Ren@41/Peter Martin's Restaurant on King St W.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - panamaniac - 07-19-2015

Does anyone know what is happening with the E&E Seegmiller land at Charles and Sydney? The place looks empty and there is some digging in one section that looks like foundation work, although no actual work seems to be taking place. I always thought this half-block would be a great place for a housing development (great views looking out on the golf course!).


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - tomh009 - 07-19-2015

(07-19-2015, 01:09 PM)panamaniac Wrote: Does anyone know what is happening with the E&E Seegmiller land at Charles and Sydney?  The place looks empty and there is some digging in one section that looks like foundation work, although no actual work seems to be taking place.  I always thought this half-block would be a great place for a housing development (great views looking out on the golf course!).

It must be purely exploratory/investigative digging, as there are no building permits in the city's system.  (The entire block is zoned CR-3 for (potentially) mixed residential and commercial.)


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - panamaniac - 07-20-2015

The Record is reporting that the condemned apartment building at 48 Weber St W has been sold.

http://www.therecord.com/news-story/5743101-troubled-apartment-building-may-have-new-owner/


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - BuildingScout - 07-22-2015

Service Ontario consolidating at its Market Center location:

In a news release published Wednesday, Service Ontario said its office located at 1400 Weber St. E. would close permanently on November 27 and that its new location would be at 30 Duke St.t W. on November 30.


http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/kitchener-waterloo/service-ontario-moving-from-kitchener-s-east-end-to-downtown-1.3163306


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - white_brian - 07-22-2015

Consolidating the two locations is gonna create even bigger headaches. Weber St can be crazy busy most of the time but there is a fairly large waiting room, lots of parking and close to transit.
Duke St is small has nearly not waiting room you have to go up the elevator. Parking is nearly impossible to find but it is close to transit. As I recall there wasn't very many service counter spots either


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - panamaniac - 07-22-2015

(07-22-2015, 03:15 PM)white_brian Wrote: Consolidating the two locations is gonna create even bigger headaches. Weber St can be crazy busy most of the time but there is a fairly large waiting room, lots of parking and close to transit.
Duke St is small has nearly not waiting room you have to go up the elevator. Parking is nearly impossible to find but it is close to transit. As I recall there wasn't very many service counter spots either

The Duke St location was seldom very busy, but I wonder if they will be expanding it?  Parking is abundant nearby (the Duke St garage is across the street), although as often as not I'm able to find street parking when I'm down that way.  The surprise for me is that the province would favour a Downtown location over one out in the burbs - it's kind of refreshing! Smile


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - ookpik - 07-22-2015

(07-22-2015, 03:15 PM)white_brian Wrote: Consolidating the two locations is gonna create even bigger headaches.

This consolidation only makes sense if they expand Duke St to handle the extra capacity.

BTW some other options:
1. There's also a Service Ontario on Davenport Rd in Waterloo but AFAIK it's only for vehicle-related stuff.
2. You can do a lot of Service Ontario stuff online these days, e.g. renew license plate stickers. It's a lot more convenient than bricks and mortar.
3. If you have to go to B&M, e.g. to get your photo taken, you can now make appointments through Service Ontario's website. I've only used that once (at Duke St) and it worked smoothly. No waiting.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - white_brian - 07-22-2015

The Davenport location is a full line service center as is Manitou and Victoria St. For those people with a vehicle Victoria and Davenport are the best options for you parking. Manitou has very little parking and the Duke St location is downtown street parking only.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - tomh009 - 07-22-2015

(07-22-2015, 04:53 PM)white_brian Wrote: The Davenport location is a full line service center as is Manitou and Victoria St. For those people with a vehicle Victoria and Davenport are the best options for you parking. Manitou has very little parking and the Duke St location is downtown street parking only.

Not street parking only -- there is a multi-level parking garage literally across the street.

In any case, I expect ServiceOntario is seeing a continuing trend toward online transactions, so the Duke Street office will be able to handle the volume.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - MacBerry - 07-23-2015

(07-22-2015, 04:53 PM)white_brian Wrote: The Davenport location is a full line service center as is Manitou and Victoria St. For those people with a vehicle Victoria and Davenport are the best options for you parking. Manitou has very little parking and the Duke St location is downtown street parking only.

Coming soon an LRT stop near by! Ok 2017 but still