There are a couple of issues I can foresee with this proposal as it stands. The furthest car entrance south, on King st., would need a traffic light because I'm pretty sure the ion is not operating in the centre of the roadway at this point. On a one way road that may cause some headaches. I wonder why they would put the tallest tower on the north side closest to the residential neighbourhoods? They should reverse it so that the development tapers down to "midtown". I wonder what issues the Orange helicopter operating in the area will have with this development. Also, it looks like they are taking down the addition to Kaufman House/Ratz Bechtel. FYI, all directions are given assuming waterloo is north and Kitchener is south!
The Zehr Group's website for the project doesn't have those latest renders, which is odd, unless they are just potential concepts for the site.
From the Humphreys and Partners Architects renders I really like the style and massing of all three buildings. I hope that the three towers remain, with all the mixed use elements and an improved pedestrian interaction concept emerges.
I haven't looked at the site plan or the after LRT grading in great detail but I would really like to see a street wall a long king of all/ some of the projects retail space with the upper levels of parking garage hidden in behind and all the towers above.
I'm pretty sure the Zehr group simply hasn't updated their website. That render has been on there for over 2 years now and other parts of their site are outdated.
Not sure if it is related to this project or Ion, but a construction trailer and fence showed up at the funeral home (the top of this wall was a good spot to see the Ion construction along King at Moore):
Everyone move to the back of the bus and we all get home faster.
I think Miller just rents those trailers, pretty sure I've seen 'em on jobs I've worked.
The LCBO store lease is up at the end of the year. Not sure about the few remaining tenants though.
I guess that we'll know when they announce the start of redevelopment.
Excluding the LCBO at King & William (and obviously the existing one being referenced here), where is the closest LCBO to downtown Kitchener?