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Mayfair Hotel | 6 fl | Proposed
#31
(04-17-2015, 09:44 AM)BuildingScout Wrote:
(04-17-2015, 09:23 AM)clasher Wrote: I'm sure it'll make a fine parking lot Wink

...which the heritage committee will be fighting to preserve one hundred years hence, they way they interpret their mission.

Don't laugh: http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs...=SFTwitter
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#32
(04-17-2015, 04:00 PM)DHLawrence Wrote:
(04-17-2015, 09:44 AM)BuildingScout Wrote: ...which the heritage committee will be fighting to preserve one hundred years hence, they way they interpret their mission.

Don't laugh: http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs...=SFTwitter

I for one, cannot wait until we as a society are at a point when car-centric features are a heritage feature...
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#33
(04-17-2015, 02:29 PM)JCnb Wrote: The City of Kitchener has a report on the Mayfair situation along with a link to the structural report and a number of interior photos of the damage. It seems that beyond the immediate collapse risk, the building had a number of structural deficiencies that would make a reuse of this building economically unfeasible vs. a demolition and rebuild.

http://kitchener.ca/en/insidecityhall/11young.asp

Definitely not a pretty sight.

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#34
I have the feeling that the fate of the Mayfair was sealed when the three storey addition was added in the 1920s. I understand that it came as a surprise when the grey brickwork that was exposed on the ground floor was found to be load-bearing. I don't think the original building was really fit to take that three storey addition. I'm still keeping my fingers crossed that the three storey eastern portion of the building can be saved.
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#35
(04-17-2015, 09:43 AM)panamaniac Wrote: Spokes, I'm not sure from your post if you know that the Mayfair site no longer belongs to Andrin.  Local Downtown landlord, Bernie Nimer, bought it a couple of years ago.  I don't think he is in the business of building new developments, so maybe a sale back to Andrin could be something we'll see in the future. 

http://www.therecord.com/news-story/5564...neer-says/


Quote:Nimer said he's worked for 30 years taking "great care in preserving several historical properties in the city. The reality of this situation has just set in and all attention is on making the site safe. After that, we will focus on a new vision for this strategic corner and I am confident that what eventually is constructed will be a proud asset to this city."
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#36
And I must correct myself re Nimer and new developments. Apparently he did the building at King and College that houses the Shoppers Drug Mart.
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#37
(04-18-2015, 10:32 AM)panamaniac Wrote: And I must correct myself re Nimer and new developments.  Apparently he did the building at King and College that houses the Shoppers Drug Mart.

Which is the former King's College Cinema - it's not a brand new development, but just heavily restructured and with a new facade. I'm told that the old escalators are somewhere in the walls.
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#38
(04-18-2015, 01:02 PM)mpd618 Wrote:
(04-18-2015, 10:32 AM)panamaniac Wrote: And I must correct myself re Nimer and new developments.  Apparently he did the building at King and College that houses the Shoppers Drug Mart.

Which is the former King's College Cinema - it's not a brand new development, but just heavily restructured and with a new facade. I'm told that the old escalators are somewhere in the walls.

Still much more (and much different) than a restoration/renovation type of project -- basically they just reused the structure and built a new building within it (mostly -- some of the Shoppers Drug Mart floors are awfully squeaky!).

Hopefully Nimer will do something interesting on that corner.
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#39
(04-17-2015, 09:43 AM)panamaniac Wrote:
(04-17-2015, 07:28 AM)Spokes Wrote: Wow.  That came out of nowhere.

I wonder if they'll design the new building to match, or incorporate something totally new into the development.

Spokes, I'm not sure from your post if you know that the Mayfair site no longer belongs to Andrin.  Local Downtown landlord, Bernie Nimer, bought it a couple of years ago.  I don't think he is in the business of building new developments, so maybe a sale back to Andrin could be something we'll see in the future. 

I did know it'd been sold, but knew nothing about the new owner.  Thanks for the info.
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#40
I am going to call my alderman's office today to encourage him to look into whether the three storey eastern section of the Mayfair can't be preserved when the six story portion comes down. To me the brickwork of the King St façade is worth saving, if at all possible.
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