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General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours
#11
I'd have to go by and look, but I think there's room for something taller behind the original house, not to mention the parking lot across the street. On the other hand, the current structure has, among other things, a chapel that seats 200 people, which makes me wonder about other possible uses for the existing building. Would a restaurant in the original house be creepy? How about a churcth or a cultural venue of some sort?
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#12
panamaniac Wrote:Schreiter-Sandrock Funeral Home at Benton and Church Sts is closing, with its operations merged with the recently expanded Westmount Funeral Home. That could give rise to interesting development opportunities on both corners of Church St, although I would hope that the original house will be saved, whatever the future holds.

http://www.therecord.com/news-story/480 ... -to-close/

I wonder if it has any ghosts. Not sure if a funeral home would be an easy sell to anyone. Maybe a nice upscale restaurant. It would already have refrigeration equipment.
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#13
rickhd, I like your sense of humour a lot! The article does say it has a rather large banquet hall and chapel and so on. So you may not be too far off.
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#14
I passed by Schreiter-Sandrock today and, indeed, there would be lots of room behind the original house for re-development. Their parking lot across Church St, together with the two deteriorating houses to the west, would make (another) nice Downtown location for a mid-rise condo along the lines of Red.

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#15
I noticed today that the renovation work in what was former The Hive (King St E at Scott) is moving forward, but there is no work permit posted that I could see. Isn't that a bit unusual?
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#16
519 Wrote:Protected or not, the home has some heritage value. However, I would still prefer to see a high density building to go up on that corner with perhaps a couple of small retail units on the main floor.

Does it? How old is the building? Not everything that looks old is worth protecting.
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#17
panamaniac Wrote:I'd have to go by and look, but I think there's room for something taller behind the original house, not to mention the parking lot across the street. On the other hand, the current structure has, among other things, a chapel that seats 200 people, which makes me wonder about other possible uses for the existing building. Would a restaurant in the original house be creepy? How about a churcth or a cultural venue of some sort?

Maybe the Church of the People Eaters?

Foodie stuff: Thursday night specials and the People Eating Annual Tastings Festival every October 31st (PEAT Festival) :lol: #jk
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#18
tomh009 Wrote:
519 Wrote:Protected or not, the home has some heritage value. However, I would still prefer to see a high density building to go up on that corner with perhaps a couple of small retail units on the main floor.

Does it? How old is the building? Not everything that looks old is worth protecting.

I think the original house would date back to the 1880s, judging by the style. It has some very good detailing along the roofline. I don't know if the front porch is original to the house, but it is impressive. I wonder if it was always stucco or if that was applied later (over yellow brick?). It has undergone a lot of alterations over the years, both inside and out. I'm trying to remember if it has the original staircase, but I can't picture it - it's a long time since I've been inside and, the times I was, my mind was on other matters......
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#19
tomh009 Wrote:
519 Wrote:Protected or not, the home has some heritage value. However, I would still prefer to see a high density building to go up on that corner with perhaps a couple of small retail units on the main floor.

Does it? How old is the building? Not everything that looks old is worth protecting.

Tell that to heritage Kitchener. They protect some of the most undeserving properties ever.
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#20
Spokes Wrote:Tell that to heritage Kitchener. They protect some of the most undeserving properties ever.

Oh really?
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