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Schneiders Site Redevelopment
(11-16-2018, 11:20 AM)tomh009 Wrote:
(11-15-2018, 07:52 PM)panamaniac Wrote: The bit I'm thinking of, between the modern expansion and the 1950s office, dated back to the 1920's - 1940s, iirc.  It was modest, but with everything gone, I fear that the chance of a new neighbourhood with a mix of materials and age has been lost.   In its place, I'd be concerned that this could end up as "Barrel Yards Redux", which is not something I'd wish on Kitchener or any other city.

There were pre-war buildings, yes. But they were in poor condition and not practical to salvage and repurpose. This is why Auburn is keeping the probably least attractive one of the buildings fronting onto Courtland, and not any of the older ones.

Auburn's plans do envision a mixed neighbourhood, but on the factory lands themselves there really won't be much variation in age.

That has been mentioned before, but I am very sceptical about this - there was no reason for those parts of the complex not to have been in decent condition when the plant closed.  However, it's now academic.
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(11-16-2018, 11:56 AM)panamaniac Wrote:
(11-16-2018, 11:20 AM)tomh009 Wrote: There were pre-war buildings, yes. But they were in poor condition and not practical to salvage and repurpose. This is why Auburn is keeping the probably least attractive one of the buildings fronting onto Courtland, and not any of the older ones.

That has been mentioned before, but I am very sceptical about this - there was no reason for those parts of the complex not to have been in decent condition when the plant closed.  However, it's now academic.

I heard this from a person I trust at Auburn, who is senior enough to know this, and I can't think of any reason why he would have wanted to mislead me. But of course you don't need to believe it.

There was no reason for Mayfair Hotel to not have been in decent condition, either ...
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At the rate Auburn develops thing there will be a variety of ages between the new buildings (e.g. Barrelyards will span at least 15years).
Everyone move to the back of the bus and we all get home faster.
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(11-16-2018, 03:55 PM)Pheidippides Wrote: At the rate Auburn develops thing there will be a variety of ages between the new buildings (e.g. Barrelyards will span at least 15years).

Not quite what I meant but, yeah.  Perhaps we'll get lucky and Auburn will sell off some of the site to other developers and we'll get a bit of variety that way (not holding my breath).
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