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RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - panamaniac - 11-27-2015

I noticed that the former 7-11 at King St W and Wellington is being refurbished. The exterior is sort of beige with a broad yellow band, a colourway that I don't recognize. Does anyone know what is moving in there?


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - rangersfan - 11-27-2015

JoeKW what was the something big?


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - Lens - 11-30-2015

618 King Street West, the building adjacent to the now closed McDonald's was recently sold. It was listed as a redevelopment opportunity in the sales literature but it's a perfectly fine building as is so who knows if it will be.

The red rowhouses/apartments directly across from Arrow were painted grey... They look a lot worse IMO. I don't understand why property owners think slapping stucco or paint on a building will suddenly make it more attractive when it almost always makes it worse.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - panamaniac - 11-30-2015

(11-30-2015, 03:18 PM)Lens Wrote: 618 King Street West, the building adjacent to the now closed McDonald's was recently sold. It was listed as a redevelopment opportunity in the sales literature but it's a perfectly fine building as is so who knows if it will be.

The red rowhouses/apartments directly across from Arrow were painted grey... They look a lot worse IMO. I don't understand why property owners think slapping stucco or paint on a building will suddenly make it more attractive when it almost always makes it worse.

I don't know if I would say that they look worse, but there was nothing wrong with the original brick.  It was interesting that the start of the paint job coincided (to the day, I think) with the landlord's release from prision (!).  I wondered whether it was celebratory work, or preparation for a sale of the property.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - panamaniac - 11-30-2015

There was a fire this afternoon in the old PUC building at King W and Gaukel Sts. Something in the basement, I think.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - tomh009 - 11-30-2015

(11-30-2015, 04:20 PM)panamaniac Wrote: I don't know if I would say that they look worse, but there was nothing wrong with the original brick.  It was interesting that the start of the paint job coincided (to the day, I think) with the landlord's release from prision (!).  I wondered whether it was celebratory work, or preparation for a sale of the property.

Is that the reason the police cars were lined up in front today?  An honour guard?


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - MidTowner - 11-30-2015

(11-27-2015, 10:53 AM)panamaniac Wrote: I noticed that the former 7-11 at King St W and Wellington is being refurbished. The exterior is sort of beige with a broad yellow band, a colourway that I don't recognize. Does anyone know what is moving in there?

Bump. I'm curious about this too if anyone has seen a sign or knows something.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - panamaniac - 12-02-2015

Trinity United Church on Frederick at Duke St will be put up for sale in the new year.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - tomh009 - 12-02-2015

A major renovation under way at 54 Queen Street South (former Encore Records, next to ABC Surplus) for a few days now: interior is stripped out, and the display windows have been removed. I don't see a building permit in the city's database, though -- anyone know what the plan is here?


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - white_brian - 12-02-2015

It looks like 7/11 @ King & Wellington is gonna be the new MoneyMart


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - panamaniac - 12-02-2015

(12-02-2015, 10:54 AM)tomh009 Wrote: A major renovation under way at 54 Queen Street South (former Encore Records, next to ABC Surplus) for a few days now: interior is stripped out, and the display windows have been removed.  I don't see a building permit in the city's database, though -- anyone know what the plan is here?


That's a Bernie Nimer building - it was next on his list to renovate until the Mayfair demolition sidetracked things.  I don't know if the renos are being done on spec or if there are particular lessees lined up.

I couldn't find a building permit either - but in looking I see that one has been issued to build a nightclub in the basement of 33 Queen S (Cafe Darlisle).


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - tomh009 - 12-02-2015

(12-02-2015, 11:33 AM)panamaniac Wrote:
(12-02-2015, 10:54 AM)tomh009 Wrote: A major renovation under way at 54 Queen Street South (former Encore Records, next to ABC Surplus) for a few days now: interior is stripped out, and the display windows have been removed.  I don't see a building permit in the city's database, though -- anyone know what the plan is here?

That's a Bernie Nimer building - it was next on his list to renovate until the Mayfair demolition sidetracked things.  I don't know if the renos are being done on spec or if there are particular lessees lined up.

Given how extensive the renos look, I suspect there is a tenant lined up -- it's too much to do without knowing what kind of a tenant you will end up with.

Is there a free way to find out the owner of a building online, or or does that require a (paid) land registry office search?


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - MidTowner - 12-02-2015

(12-02-2015, 11:00 AM)white_brian Wrote: It looks like 7/11 @ King & Wellington is gonna be the new MoneyMart

Arghhhh!!!!


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - KingandWeber - 12-02-2015

(12-02-2015, 11:00 AM)white_brian Wrote: It looks like 7/11 @ King & Wellington is gonna be the new MoneyMart

Brutal. The best we can hope is that this is a temporary lease as the owner of the property waits out LRT construction...but I'm not optimistic.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - Viewfromthe42 - 12-02-2015

(12-02-2015, 11:33 AM)panamaniac Wrote:
(12-02-2015, 10:54 AM)tomh009 Wrote: A major renovation under way at 54 Queen Street South (former Encore Records, next to ABC Surplus) for a few days now: interior is stripped out, and the display windows have been removed.  I don't see a building permit in the city's database, though -- anyone know what the plan is here?


That's a Bernie Nimer building - it was next on his list to renovate until the Mayfair demolition sidetracked things.  I don't know if the renos are being done on spec or if there are particular lessees lined up.

I couldn't find a building permit either - but in looking I see that one has been issued to build a nightclub in the basement of 33 Queen S (Cafe Darlisle).

I believe that basement nightclub is to host burlesque shows, among the rest of its uses.