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RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - panamaniac - 06-25-2016

(06-25-2016, 01:05 PM)tomh009 Wrote:
(06-24-2016, 05:01 PM)panamaniac Wrote: The site of the Noir townhouses on Courtland Ave has been levelled - this is the place that has had several rounds of work on the sand pit/foundation, which has been filled in with the latest work.  I have no idea what they are/are not doing, but it's a strange way to approach an infill project.

Maybe they are turning it into a sand hill, to extend the adjoining Sand Hills park? Big Grin

No, the sand hill is now gone.  I can only assume that they used the hill they built to refill the hole that they dug.  It is very weird.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - tomh009 - 06-25-2016

The permit for the 27-unit apartment building expired last year. The developer has a building permit for a 13-unit stacked townhouse complex (significantly less dense), and appears to be in the process of completing the permits for the actual construction. Maybe stacked townhouses don't need an excavated basement -- or a significantly different excavation? In any case, it's the same architect as for the stacked townhouses on Lancaster.

In any case, it'll be good to see this developed, even if it's now only 13 units.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - CTGal1011 - 06-26-2016

(06-25-2016, 06:22 PM)tomh009 Wrote: The permit for the 27-unit apartment building expired last year. The developer has a building permit for a 13-unit stacked townhouse complex (significantly less dense), and appears to be in the process of completing the permits for the actual construction.  Maybe stacked townhouses don't need an excavated basement -- or a significantly different excavation?  In any case, it's the same architect as for the stacked townhouses on Lancaster.

In any case, it'll be good to see this developed, even if it's now only 13 units.

At this point, I wouldn't even mind if it is like the old 3 story walk-ups that were razed on Becker. There were 4 units on each floor. Wasn't a huge monstrosity and cute little balconies. Lots of frontscape and parking beside. Most of all...affordable. Not showy, but decent.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - KevinL - 06-26-2016

Spotted at 107 Benton:

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Not sure what you'd do with a lease on vacant land, but whatevs.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - KevinL - 06-26-2016

(06-22-2016, 01:01 PM)panamaniac Wrote: Some Downtown random:

- the exterior storefront of the Dollarama is being updated.  It will probably look cleaner, but I'm afraid that the cool black and blue ceramic panels from the '50s are being covered over.

Not covered, replaced - with a decent, if plain, slate tile.

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RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - tomh009 - 06-27-2016

(06-26-2016, 09:06 PM)KevinL Wrote: Spotted at 107 Benton:

Not sure what you'd do with a lease on vacant land, but whatevs.

You could put a building on it.  A long-term lease (50 or 100 years) would be long enough for the expected lifetime of a building (probably rental rather than condominium); if and when you get to the end of the lease term, you can either negotiate a renewal or walk away from the land (and the building).

This is not uncommon for commercial properties, where the tenant may construct a building to their own specs on the landlord's land.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - GtwoK - 06-28-2016

Two Goblets has officially closed their Weber location as of today - their street facing sign is down, and the parking lot signs are also down. Strangely enough, one of the "two goblets parking only" sign was replaced with a "these three spots are convenience store parking" sign. What convenience store?


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - Square - 06-28-2016

Used to be a convenience store at the college corner.   Old sign for that store?  Google view of the old store  :   https://www.google.ca/maps/@43.4538969,-80.4921099,3a,75y,196.34h,92.86t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1sYmGT65Ixg0wPItzFD0yB-Q!2e0!5s20090401T000000!7i13312!8i6656


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - panamaniac - 06-28-2016

(06-28-2016, 04:55 PM)GtwoK Wrote: Two Goblets has officially closed their Weber location as of today - their street facing sign is down, and the parking lot signs are also down. Strangely enough, one of the "two goblets parking only" sign was replaced with a "these three spots are convenience store parking" sign. What convenience store?

There's a convenience store across Water St.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - MidTowner - 06-29-2016

The LCBO in Midtown is reducing its hours (yes, it's possible for them to be open even less) starting in a week or so. I asked one of the employees about it, and she said that sales have slowed so much that they've lost one full-time employee. She says that the lease is up at the end of the year and, although they're not sure what will happen, their real estate people are searching to see if there is a suitable location somewhere nearby. She was careful to say that this next part was a bit of speculation, but she said the belief is that the lease won't be extended, and that there's hope to coordinate something with the developer so a trailer can be set up until a space is ready in the new development.

I didn't want to bump the King's Crossing thread with this, in case someone got excited about the possibility of some news. The only thing really concrete is that the LCBO there will become even less useful soon.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - tomh009 - 06-29-2016

A trailer? Seriously? For how many years? Realistically, King's Crossing is probably three or more years away from opening.

Unless it's a trailer until some other less-distant (in time) space becomes available. How about Eaton's Lofts or Budds?


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - clasher - 06-29-2016

They should move into the funeral home!


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - KevinL - 06-29-2016

(06-29-2016, 03:09 PM)clasher Wrote: They should move into the funeral home!

Hey, if they can put one in a train station...


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - panamaniac - 06-29-2016

It would be a good time to contact LCBO, as I did a couple of weeks ago, to complain about the inadequate mid-town store and to ask for a proper Downtown location. Imho, anything east of the current sorry excuse anywhere between the railway tracks and Cedar St could only be an improvement.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - panamaniac - 06-29-2016

(06-26-2016, 09:08 PM)KevinL Wrote:
(06-22-2016, 01:01 PM)panamaniac Wrote: Some Downtown random:

- the exterior storefront of the Dollarama is being updated.  It will probably look cleaner, but I'm afraid that the cool black and blue ceramic panels from the '50s are being covered over.

Not covered, replaced - with a decent, if plain, slate tile.

[Image: BTeS04F.jpg]



I see that the pillars have received the same treatment.  I must admit that it looks quite OK. 

Across King St, I see that some pallets of bricks have been delivered to the project on the east side of the American Hotel Block.  To my surprise, they are brown, similar to the brick on Market Square.  I was hoping for brick, but I assumed that it would be buff, like the rest of the building.