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RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - nms - 09-12-2016

Is the mill property protected? I'm pretty certain that Shawky Fahel go some support and kudos for his initial revitalization of the Nougat property.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - tomh009 - 09-12-2016

(09-12-2016, 12:30 PM)nms Wrote: Is the mill property protected?  I'm pretty certain that Shawky Fahel go some support and kudos for his initial revitalization of the Nougat property.

It is not.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - Pheidippides - 09-15-2016

There was some sample drilling in the vacant lot/property at the north east corner of Highland and Spadina recently. Large and small holes all across the lot, mostly on the perimeter though.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - rangersfan - 09-15-2016

I used to live right near that corner and it seemed like some kind of sampling would be done a couple times a year.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - neonjoe - 09-16-2016

Probably due to the fact that it's a former Texaco station


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - tomh009 - 09-18-2016

(09-16-2016, 05:43 AM)neonjoe Wrote: Probably due to the fact that it's a former Texaco station

Gas station soil remediation can be a very lengthy and costly process.  Let's hope this location is not as bad.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - panamaniac - 09-18-2016

(09-18-2016, 11:06 AM)tomh009 Wrote:
(09-16-2016, 05:43 AM)neonjoe Wrote: Probably due to the fact that it's a former Texaco station

Gas station soil remediation can be a very lengthy and costly process.  Let's hope this location is not as bad.

The fact that the lot has been sitting empty for about 30 years doesn't seem like a good sign ......


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - Smore - 09-18-2016

I saw a presentation a few years ago by a representative of the fuel industry. Long story short, they collectively have a lot of old contaminated properties on their roster, are working through them, have minimum testing requirements on some and clean up old some to a usable state on a priority basis. The sites are prioritized by a number of factors, but I got the impression that if you had a certain one you thought should be cleaned up (and then redeveloped!), you would need to "help" the fuel company involved increase the priority level of that property....


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - tomh009 - 09-18-2016

I expect the property value (as compared to the clean-up costs) will be a prime factor for setting the priority. Our gas station sites may be sitting empty for decades but I expect they'll get cleaned up pretty quick in Vancouver.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - tomh009 - 09-22-2016

(07-12-2016, 02:20 PM)kitchener-dk Wrote: Is there information online about the Courtland townhouse development?

Here is a photo of the foundation. Smile

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RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - rangersfan - 09-23-2016

Mystery solved, the former Schreiter-Sandrock Funeral Home is undergoing renovations to become a medical clinic.

http://m.therecord.com/news-story/6873428-former-funeral-home-in-downtown-kitchener-gets-new-life-as-medical-clinic


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - tomh009 - 09-23-2016

(09-09-2016, 10:54 PM)mpd618 Wrote: Not sure if it's already been mentioned, but Nougat will be relocating from Queen Street to Courtland/Stirling. The property has been sold and will be redeveloped.

Interior work now under way at the new location.  It's somewhat baffling that it appears to be two completely separate spaces.  Store and cafe/bakery maybe?


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - Lens - 09-25-2016

Interesting modern home slated for the Belmont Village/ Midtown area: https://www.realtor.ca/Residential/Single-Family/17408113/605-YORK-Street-Kitchener-Ontario-N2G1T9
Current site conditions: https://www.google.ca/maps/place/605+YORK+Street/@43.456577,-80.5186129,3a,89.6y,239.58h,91.18t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sAidGxBLHANI7vys3F1cDSg!2e0!7i13312!8i6656!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x68abdf7ba6d5212d!6m1!1e1


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - KevinL - 09-25-2016

Wow, that'll have lovely views of (and access to) the Iron Horse. Great stuff!


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - Pheidippides - 09-27-2016

More poor reporting:
Police calls up in Kitchener core

This kind of lazy reporting really bothers me. The headline essentially screams “DANGER! Do not enter scary downtown Kitchener.”
 
First, the headline itself is bit of a leap to say that crime is up “in Kitchener core” when the central division covers the area from the Wellington-Waterloo border to the Wilmot-Kitchener border and south of Victoria/7&8 to Kossouth/401/New Dundee; the actual Kitchener core (Victoria park) policing zone is much smaller. For all we know crime could have been up in all the areas outside of the actual Kitchener core instead. Unfortunately a breakdown by policing zone/area is not available as it has been in previous reports. For example, in Q1 of 2016 you can see that that four of the eight zones in the central division had increases higher than the Kitchener Core and Victoria Park area including, Eastwood/Frederick, Rockway/Fairview Park Mall, Laurentian/Country Hills, and Mill/Highland/SMH.
 
Secondly, those raw counts do not account for population growth, which would limit the increase to <2%:
2015   51,567            575,000          89.7 per 1,000
2016   53,578            586,300          91.4 per 1,000
((91.4 - 89.7) / 89.7) x 100 = +1.89%

Finally, if you look at the list of ten most frequent types of calls responded to a large majority of the types are more along the lines of social services, medical, and by-law call types, and not “crime” or even “violent crime” as the newspaper would like lead you to believe.