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General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours
(01-29-2017, 12:16 AM)DHLawrence Wrote: Do we know anything about EuroPro? Holdings elsewhere, developments they've worked on?

They are new.  A number of ex-DREAM people on staff.  So far all the holdings I have seen have been DREAM divestments (in, for example, Kitchener, Windsor and Barrie).  So it seems a lot like a partial management buy-out/hive-off from DREAM.
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(01-28-2017, 02:05 PM)KevinL Wrote: 70 King St. E. is the Crabby Joe's. If they buy up the adjacent parking lot, that's a good sized parcel to rework as well.

Given that Dream already put together a proposal for the parking lot I suspect it's a part of the deal. See http://www.waterlooregionconnected.com/s...hp?tid=356
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Kitchener City Council has voted to list the former legion hall on Ontario St for sale.

https://cdn.ampproject.org/c/www.cbc.ca/amp/1.3957974
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I can't help but wonder if we'll soon see a number of City of Kitchener properties come up for sale. They've got a number of parking lots in particular that they've planned to sell to developers
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I think it'll depend on demand ... if the Legion and the parking lot between King/Water/Charles/Francis go quickly, there might be more.
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(01-29-2017, 10:43 AM)tomh009 Wrote:
(01-29-2017, 12:16 AM)DHLawrence Wrote: Do we know anything about EuroPro? Holdings elsewhere, developments they've worked on?

They are new.  A number of ex-DREAM people on staff.  So far all the holdings I have seen have been DREAM divestments (in, for example, Kitchener, Windsor and Barrie).  So it seems a lot like a partial management buy-out/hive-off from DREAM.

Hope they do more with their Windsor holdings than Dream did.
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(08-08-2016, 10:48 AM)tomh009 Wrote: After a year (?) or so, 37-39 King W is now leased.  They were cleaning it up today (on the weekend!) but I didn't have a chance to ask who the new tenant is, sorry.

Much later ... the property has no signage and blinds on the windows.  But it appears that at least the ground floor is being used as office space.  Tenant unknown.
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(02-01-2017, 07:52 PM)tomh009 Wrote:
(08-08-2016, 10:48 AM)tomh009 Wrote: After a year (?) or so, 37-39 King W is now leased.  They were cleaning it up today (on the weekend!) but I didn't have a chance to ask who the new tenant is, sorry.

Much later ... the property has no signage and blinds on the windows.  But it appears that at least the ground floor is being used as office space.  Tenant unknown.
 
It's PiinPoint, http://www.therecord.com/news-story/6952...kitchener/ .
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318 Duke Street West (old Fire Station #2, between Duke and Breithaupt) seems to be undergoing some work inside.

There was a dance studio here until recently, when it relocated to a larger space near Belmont. There doesn't seem to be a permit for whatever work is happening- something tells me that, like some of the spaces just around the corner on Breithaupt, it is being set up as office space. But it could be anything.
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(02-08-2017, 08:11 PM)MidTowner Wrote: 318 Duke Street West (old Fire Station #2, between Duke and Breithaupt) seems to be undergoing some work inside.

There was a dance studio here until recently, when it relocated to a larger space near Belmont. There doesn't seem to be a permit for whatever work is happening- something tells me that, like some of the spaces just around the corner on Breithaupt, it is being set up as office space. But it could be anything.

That's indeed how they advertised it.
Quote:BUILDING FEATURES:
28 parking spots on site
2 blocks from future LRT Hub
Sought after Brick & Beam; over 100 years old
Abundant character with high ceilings, brick accents & 2 patios
One-of-a-kind iconic Berlin Fire Hall office space in the Mt. Hope Breithaupt Park Neighbourhood
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Where are you finding that, Tom? Apologies if this was highlighted here before.

As an aside, it's not great if too many spaces in the neighbourhood turn over to office use. I am thinking of the former Zeke's restaurant space specifically, but also some of the units along Breithaupt. Losing amenities to offices is not ideal, though hopefully the offices in turn attract other amenities.
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I googled for 318 Duke West. I found the real estate listing for it but when I clicked for it, it had already been taken down. So I went back to the Google listings and selected to view the cached version.

Losing amenities to office space is not great. But converting vacant space to office use is not nearly as bad. The fire station might have made a great pub or restaurant, too, but maybe the area isn't (yet) busy enough or otherwise attractive enough for someone to open one.
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Ah, thanks. I didn't find any such listing when searching- glad I brought it up here!

Converting vacant space to office use is excellent. This hasn't been vacant for a while. I have no idea if the dance studio left because of increasing rents (it says its new space in Belmont is larger), but this has been used continuously for quite some time.

You mention that it might have made a great pub or restaurant, and I have thought that for a long time. I suppose the optimistic viewpoint is that the area will become busy enough to support things like that soon.
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(02-09-2017, 10:05 PM)MidTowner Wrote: You mention that it might have made a great pub or restaurant, and I have thought that for a long time. I suppose the optimistic viewpoint is that the area will become busy enough to support things like that soon.

I hope so, too.  With intensification it'll happen, but will it take a year, five or ten, it's very difficult to predict.
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It's a bit of an awkward site to imagine having a restaurant. Not many people will find their way there on foot outside of rare locals on the north side. Crossing the tracks will be a less likely occurrence should they become busier. The development that is much more likely to happen along Victoria, from the hub on eastward, will be the main draw. I do think it's a bit to far without seeing more people on the north side in the form of intensification, or more destinations on the north side, neither of which is at all likely.
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