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RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - Viewfromthe42 - 06-15-2016

It can definitely be more iconic, sure, but with the transit terminal, and as a funnel between downtown and midtown, King and Victoria *should* be iconic, engaging, and inviting. Currently, it is not.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - panamaniac - 06-15-2016

(06-15-2016, 02:02 PM)Andy Wrote:
(06-15-2016, 10:53 AM)panamaniac Wrote: Busy, developing, and improving, but "iconic"?  I can't think of anything iconic about it, although that could change depending on what eventually anchors that corner of the transit hub.  I suppose the School of Pharmancy could be considered "symbolic" in terms of the Downtown renaissance.

Yeah, I think King/Queen would have a much stronger case of being the most iconic corner. Several other intersections for that matter.

I suppose one could make a case for City Hall as Downtown's iconic building, along with the old Clocktower in Victoria Park, but overall, I think the Walper Hotel might have the best claim, in part for it's location, but in particular for its history and its place in the history of the city.   Not so much for its looks, however.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - MacBerry - 06-15-2016

(06-14-2016, 08:51 PM)KevinL Wrote:
(06-14-2016, 06:21 PM)GtwoK Wrote: I wonder what will happen to the old Scotia location!

I sincerely hope the structure goes mainly unmodified, and that those glorious high ceilings get put to good use.

My best hope ...

TheMuseum will buy this property as a an additional start to eventually owing all the King Street frontage ... or perhaps ScotiaBank will donate TheMuseum the site and building ... great tax deduction on a building probably carried on their books at $300K since the 1970s.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - MacBerry - 06-15-2016

(06-15-2016, 02:02 PM)Andy Wrote:
(06-15-2016, 10:53 AM)panamaniac Wrote: Busy, developing, and improving, but "iconic"?  I can't think of anything iconic about it, although that could change depending on what eventually anchors that corner of the transit hub.  I suppose the School of Pharmancy could be considered "symbolic" in terms of the Downtown renaissance.

Yeah, I think King/Queen would have a much stronger case of being the most iconic corner. Several other intersections for that matter.

The only thing not allowing the King/Queen coners iconic is that ugly, ugly Bank of Montreal building.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - panamaniac - 06-16-2016

(06-15-2016, 09:44 PM)MacBerry Wrote:
(06-14-2016, 08:51 PM)KevinL Wrote: I sincerely hope the structure goes mainly unmodified, and that those glorious high ceilings get put to good use.

My best hope ...

TheMuseum will buy this property as a an additional start to eventually owing all the King Street frontage ... or perhaps ScotiaBank will donate TheMuseum the site and building ... great tax deduction on a building probably carried on their books at $300K since the 1970s.

At one time, the Museum had thoughts of expanding into what is now Vidyard's 8 Queen N.  The issue, of course was money.  The Museum is fund-raising at the moment for a new children's "maker space" in the basement of the building.  It will open this fall.  I don't know about the BNS building, but it would be interesting to think about whether the Conrad Centre could be incorporated into themuseum, if the KWS were to move its rehearsal space back to CITS.  The constant issue for themuseum, however, is funding.  They do amazing things with the resources they have, but they are under constant financial pressure.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - DHLawrence - 06-16-2016

I wouldn't be sorry if they bought the BMO corner too.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - panamaniac - 06-16-2016

I asked at the BNS today and was told that the new Victoria St branch will be small and that the main branch will remain where it is.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - clasher - 06-17-2016

(06-16-2016, 10:06 PM)panamaniac Wrote: I asked at the BNS today and was told that the new Victoria St branch will be small and that the main branch will remain where it is.

Weird, I wouldn't have thought there was increasing walk-in business that a bank would open a second branch so close. TD had two for a long time but that was the result of buying Canada Trust.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - MidTowner - 06-17-2016

Apologies if this was reported before, but Accelerator Centre is set to take occupancy within the next month or so of the second floor of 44 Gaukel (former Everest College space) for maker space.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - BuildingScout - 06-17-2016

(06-16-2016, 10:06 PM)panamaniac Wrote: I asked at the BNS today and was told that the new Victoria St branch will be small and that the main branch will remain where it is.

But they would tell their employees that, unless the closure was imminent, wouldn't they?


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - panamaniac - 06-18-2016

The Record has an interesting piece on the renovations taking place at the old (1896) Boehmer Box factory on Breithaupt St. Work has been going on for some time now, but the overall plan is much more ambitious than I realized. It will be interesting to watch this unfold over time.

http://www.therecord.com/news-story/6728961-historic-boehmer-box-building-gets-makeover/


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - rangersfan - 06-18-2016

Thanks for posting, great to see that another former industrial building in the core is being revitalized. It's a bit surprising that they are planning to remove the loading docks, as this is often essential for businesses.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - KevinL - 06-18-2016

I don't think they are intending to attract the kind of business that needs a full-size loading dock. This is the Innovation District, their tenants will be in the knowledge economy, not the sort to manage large shipments.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - panamaniac - 06-18-2016

I'd love to see a render of the planned lobby where the loading docks are.  I always figured that part of the complex would eventually come down for something higher density.  I think I'll miss the "estate sale" warehouse at the back of that end of the complex.  If you've never been, it's worth a curiosity visit - huge piles of crap (with potential treasure buried in unexpected corners).  There's even a room full of books back in the back.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - GtwoK - 06-18-2016

This isn't news, or an update of any sort. I just saw this garden greenhouse area today at Queen / Charles. Any one know if it's a community thing, or belongs to a single unit? I would absolutely kill to live here. It's beautiful!

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