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Old May 6th, 2005, 07:02 AM   #21
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Could you post more photos?
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I could, but it would be another week i will try tho

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Old May 14th, 2005, 04:28 AM   #23
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May 13

Office tower is almost gone.

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Old May 28th, 2005, 12:43 AM   #24
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NEWS FLASH May 27, 2005
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THE WATERLOO TOWN SQUARE OFFICE BLOCK IS GONE

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Old May 28th, 2005, 01:13 AM   #25
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This thread is useless without pics!!! Hint.
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Old June 18th, 2005, 05:34 PM   #26
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June 18

Sorry, haven't visited Waterloo for awhile, and lost interest.

BUT things are looking up- new news articles and editorials talking about the project, etc.

This August a new office building will go up on King St... a rendering was recently released in papers.

On Monday, all plans were given the go-ahead except for the public square which will wait a few more years.

In the meantime, demolition is finishing, and construction is beginning.

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Old June 18th, 2005, 05:37 PM   #27
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Council approves Uptown land swap


By Jason Noe
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(Jun 15, 2005)
Waterloo city council approved the controversial redevelopment of uptown Waterloo by unanimously approving a land exchange between the city and developer WCI Holdings (First Gulf) on Monday.

The two parcels of property run along King and Caroline Streets and would be adjacent to a proposed public square that would be built in front of the north end of the Waterloo Town Square.

The city will give a section of their property fronting King Street to First Gulf for the possible development of street front retail. First Gulf will then hand over a piece of their land running along Caroline Street, which will become a parking lot for First Gulf tenants and the public.

Uptown business owners are afraid that the land swap will drive away customers as on-the-street parking is moved to the back of the site. But city officials have built in some precautions to make sure construction begins before the swap is completed.

"We anticipate that the exchange could occur once the subdivision has been registered and First Gulf is in a position to obtain a building permit for the first new building along King Street," said Waterloo developmental planner Rob Trotter. "¤The existing parking lot on King Street will remain in city ownership and will remain as parking until the land exchange will occur."

He explained that the parking lot facing King Street is at the end of its useful life and needs to be removed and replaced.

Trotter also said that the property being swapped to First Gulf is only of value to them as it is not likely they would let anyone else develop on it.

Currently, a parking agreement does exist where the city is obligated to provide 600 parking spaces on an ongoing basis, and First Gulf has the choice to access an additional 55 parking spots in the Caroline Street lot. The 600 spaces are to be utilized for Waterloo Town Square and the various downtown properties.

"The construction of the new parking lot and the reconstruction of it and maintenance of it will be city of Waterloo's responsibility," said Trotter. "But unlike the existing parking agreement that's in place, staff have worked with First Gulf to build some flexibility into the new agreement in order for the city to accommodate some of it's long-term goals.

"These would be the construction of future parking structures, parking lots and the ability to re-locate some Caroline parking spaces."

He explained that the sidewalk along the developed portion of King Street would be removed by First Gulf and that the city of Waterloo will pay for a new sidewalk and other streetscape items.

Also on Monday, council unanimously approved the allocation of $2.316 million for the implementation of elements related to the infrastructure re-development of uptown Waterloo, but the amount didn't include the proposed public square, putting that decision off until a later date. Trotter said the agreement would allow council to make a decision on the square within 18 months.

However, this approval paves the way for new Grand River Transit facilities, the reconstruction of the new parking lot adjacent to Caroline Street and the building of pedestrian and streetscape facilities along King Street and Willis Way.

Both the city and the developer own separate portions of the extension of Willis Way that will be designated as a public highway and will extend to Caroline Street in the future.

The proposed Willis Way extension is expected to have 30 on-street parking spaces that will be open to the public and strictly for short-term use, but is also planned to have a pedestrian non-vehicular focus. The enhanced landscaping along the extension will include wider sidewalks, bike racks, benches and decorative lighting.

As well, council unanimously approved a proposed draft plan to subdivide Waterloo Town Square into two development blocks that will be separated by the Willis Way extension.

"This sets the stage for an interesting and very productive development of Waterloo Square," said Waterloo mayor Herb Epp. ¤It╠s our hope and expectation that the people of Waterloo will be proud of what First Gulf is going to do there."

Waterloo ward five councillor Ian McLean said the developments would be a new beginning for the uptown. "This is a very exciting day for the city of Waterloo and for the future of our community," he said.
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Old June 18th, 2005, 05:39 PM   #28
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Old June 26th, 2005, 09:05 PM   #29
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Renderings of future development, and more!..

http://www.waterlootownsquare.com
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There is heaps of development going on in Waterloo. Its finally starting to take off. There's even a buzz in downtown Kitchener which is amazing to see. The blocks around UW and WLU have all been sold and / or are being redeveloped. Nice to see KW picking up the pace a little. These country minded communities just might aspire to be real cities one day. Now lets just get the darn LRT thing on the go rather than just talking about it. The provincial government did say KW having trams was more a matter of when rather than if.
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Old June 27th, 2005, 02:03 AM   #31
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Is anything happening on the lot across University Ave. from Wilfred Laurier U (formerly St. Michael's Elementary School)?
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Old June 27th, 2005, 04:16 PM   #32
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^It is still the old boring school building, now used as the St. Michael's Campus- however- this is sure to change in the future as Wilfrid Laurier runs out of room... although downtown campuses are the new thing. Who knows.

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Old June 27th, 2005, 04:20 PM   #33
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There are now storefronts up for lease along Willis Way.

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Old June 27th, 2005, 04:24 PM   #34
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There is leasing info. on the WTS website.

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Old June 27th, 2005, 07:33 PM   #35
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By the way, my niece owns a clothing store on King St. across from Waterloo Town Square; I attented St. Michael's school for grades 1-6.
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Old June 27th, 2005, 08:19 PM   #36
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neat neat
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Old June 27th, 2005, 10:47 PM   #37
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You think that's neat? Ha, I used to play hockey on the site where Perimeter Institute now sits! So I studied the physics of skating on that site long before most of those guys there were borne.
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That was the oogliest arena ever. Sorry
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Old June 28th, 2005, 12:48 AM   #39
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^ I know, it was more like a wooden pig barn than an arena!
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Old June 28th, 2005, 10:15 PM   #40
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It's about time the uptown gets done up. Up untill now you couldnt really call it an uptown. Like you said, K-W has arrived.
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