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Old June 28th, 2005, 10:39 PM   #41
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Yeah. Uptown has arrived, but elsewhere in the city has a long way to go.

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Old August 9th, 2005, 12:57 AM   #42
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Update coming soon.

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Old August 10th, 2005, 05:30 PM   #43
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An Uptown Update is coming this Saturday afternoon!

It will include...
-pics. of Uptown's current state
-info. and scoops on the new Town Square precinct
-construction/demolition photos
Do you have photos from higher up? Such as from the parking garage across the street? That's be great to see.
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Old August 10th, 2005, 10:32 PM   #44
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I would be glad to do that! I'm in Toronto, so I will have to leave nice and early
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Old August 12th, 2005, 03:47 AM   #45
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NEWS FLASH August 11, 2005
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-all demolition complete
-a shoe store popular here in TO called 'heelboy' is coming soon, according to a newspaper


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Old August 13th, 2005, 08:09 PM   #46
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Old August 15th, 2005, 04:41 AM   #47
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Do you know what retail stores will come to Uptown?
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Old August 18th, 2005, 09:27 PM   #48
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Smaller, independent, unique stores that are hard to find elsewhere, as far as I know.

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Old August 18th, 2005, 09:32 PM   #49
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NEWS FLASH August 17, 2005
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OMB appeal won't stop Willis Way work


Work to reshape Waterloo's uptown core will proceed despite an OMB appeal launched by a local restaurateur.

City council held a special meeting last week to approve the tender of a $3.28 million dollar project that will see Willis Way extended through to Caroline Street, and a new 303 car parking lot built at the back on the former Waterloo Town Square site demolished earlier this year.

The contract was awarded to E&E Seegmiller Ltd. and will see the City of Waterloo pay $1,651,118 for environmental remediation work on the south side of the property as well as the construction of Willis Way and the new south parking lot. The other $1,629, 510 will be paid by First Gulf Group Inc., the owner of Waterloo Town Square which plans to start construction of a new 75,000 square-foot building fronting King Street soon, which will become the new home of KPMG. KPMG is slated to move in to the new building in August of 2006.

Work on the Willis Way extension should begin in the next few weeks, said Tim Anderson, the city's director of Public Works Services, with plans for the roadway and new parking lot to be opened by Christmas of this year. The Willis Way extension will also include 20 new parking spots with some handicap parking spots near the remaining north end of the mall.

While site work will continue into next May, building of the new office complex might be delayed until an Ontario Municipal Board appeal is heard of the city's zoning bylaw amendment, that swapped a parcel of city parking lot at the front property to one in the back.

That has raised the hackles of Paul McGough, the owner of Ali Baba Steakhouse and Crooner's Lounge, and other uptown business owners concerned about the potential change in traffic patterns this proposal could cause to existing customers. In a letter of appeal, McGough argues that First Gulf is getting an unfair "bonus" in the land swap by getting a more valuable piece of land in the exchange of properties with the city.

The project will continue said Mayor Herb with the money coming from some of the city's reserves in the public works department.

"Knowing that everything is approved, I think they (E&E Seegmiller Ltd.) want to start within the next month," said Epp. "The 75,000 KPMG building will be a tremendous addition.

"That's almost the size of Waterloo City Hall... so that's the kind of size building you can anticipate going up in that location."


Epp said that it's too bad that council's June decision is being appealed, but that is the right of any citizen.

"Everybody has the right to hold things up if they want," said Epp. "The OMB hearing is the 26th of September, so hopefully they'll deal with that and we'll see what happens."

Four days of hearings are set aside starting Sept. 26 at RIM Park.

But the skyline has already changed in the uptown core with the demolition of the south-side of the Waterloo Town Square and it's adjacent office building. Epp said it's going to change the character of the uptown core, and make the proposed civic square in front of the remaining north end of the mall more of a point of interest.

"With building on both sides of the street, it's going to make the civic square even more of a focal point," said Epp. "That's where the opening will be if and when we decide that. It will look quite nice and quite refreshing."

In a nod to the concerns about parking shifting to the back of the site, Epp said their will be a walkway between the two buildings towards the parking in the back. And he's sure that First Gulf will do a nice esthetic job on the walkway.
"It will be really nice, and I'm sure the people of Waterloo will be really be proud of it," said Epp.

Epp said there is no further announcement of building on the site that he is aware of, and had told First Gulf not to make any announcements until they are confirmed.

"I'm relying on First Gulf to make the announcement on all their buildings," said Epp. "One of things I did when I first became mayor was I told David Gibson (First Gulf president) I don't want development by announcement where you make an announcement about a development but nothing happens.

"That has happened to often in this city and other cities. I want announcement made when you're really ready to make an announcement and things are going to happen."

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SUM UP:

-> new, large office block (5 storeys) coming to King Street, size of W. City Centre
-> walkways between buildings for easy pedestrian access to parking lots
-> Willis Way construction begins soon
-> demolition finished; environmental cleanup to continue on south end of site (see photo a few posts up)

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Old August 27th, 2005, 10:03 PM   #50
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NEWS FLASH August 27, 2005
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New apartments under construction at Dorset and Princess St.

-photos dead-

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Old August 27th, 2005, 11:48 PM   #51
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Great stuff, thanks for the updates SP!RE.
I'm going to change the title of this thread to include all k-w updates...not just uptown waterloo.
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Old August 27th, 2005, 11:48 PM   #52
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NEWS FLASH August 27, 2005
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Waterloo City Centre gets green roof!

The City of Waterloo recently conducted a Green Roof Feasibility Study and City Wide Implementation Plan. A project financed through a $25,000 grant by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and a matched funding of $25,000 by the City. The objective of the research was to determine if Green Roofs are an appropriate technology locally as well as provincially. The City hired Totten Sims Hubicki Associates to conduct the study. The study was completed this past spring.

The City of Waterloo City Centre was approved in April of 2005 to be a demonstration site. Construction is currently underway and will continue over a 4-6 week period. Flynn Canada has been contracted by the City to retrofit and install an extensive Green Roof System. As well, Flynn Canada has graciously donated railing to surround the entire roof. Xero flor Canada Ltd., a Green Roof production and installation company with extensive experience in Germany, has generously donated the extensive green roof system, enough to cover the entire roof, an area of 1650 m2. The system being installed is the same as the “mini” green roof installed over the parking lot entrance of the City Centre, also entirely donated by Xero Flor.

The Green Roof Feasibility Study and City Wide Implementation Plan identified six primary benefits the City of Waterloo and Cities alike will gain by utilizing Green Roof Technology. These include, Stormwater Management, Air pollution reduction, Reduction of Heat Island Effect, Energy use reduction, Increase in Green Space and Extension of roof life. Please refer to the Report for a thorough understanding of these benefits.

(Article from www.waterloo.ca)



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Old August 28th, 2005, 12:44 AM   #53
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Old August 28th, 2005, 05:13 PM   #54
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Some of the housing on University Avenue is so overpriced and dreadful looking. Even the new stuff is crap. Built to look cheap and all. The developers here would do good to have a look at UBC. God, us students in Waterloo get screwed over bigtime compared with those in London and Hamilton. Might as well be going to York for the rents we pay. Bachelor flats starting from only $800 a month. Oh gee what a deal?! Get screwed over to live in a commie block. I'm referring to that orange and grey affair on University Avenue nextdoor to the yellow Married Student Apartments.

Only difference between Kitchener and Waterloo is those in Kitchener get way better value. The closer to campus you get the closer you are to experiencing Toronto & Vancouver rents.

Our low vacancy rate is really a killer for us students here. May they OVERBUILD apartments galore on Uni Ave. Towers, towers everywhere. Tear down all those little slumlord houses between UW and WLU - hell continue on down past Weber I say - and build bigger and taller. Time for a bit of Uni Avenue densification to occur. LOL Only then might be get a break. Something closer to Hamilton and London rents would be sweet. Bachelors for $600 a month I could handle. I just don't want to live down by Fairview Mall to get one.

Nice pics and keep up the info Spire. Man I need to get a digital camera so bad.
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Old August 28th, 2005, 07:31 PM   #55
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Old August 31st, 2005, 02:22 AM   #56
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Hopefully we'll see a change in the next few years. Things seem to be getting better, especially in Kitchener.
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Old August 31st, 2005, 04:45 AM   #57
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NEWS FLASH August 30, 2005
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32 University St. is complete

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Old August 31st, 2005, 07:57 PM   #58
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NEWS FLASH August 31, 2005
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32 University Ave.

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Old September 3rd, 2005, 01:54 AM   #59
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NEWS FLASH September 2, 2005
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Waterloo Town Square prepares for fall changes

new storefronts are going up on the new street

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Old September 3rd, 2005, 02:16 AM   #60
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Whoa 32 University Ave. looks a lot different than the rendering. I was expecting maybe some yellow. Hate brick buildings. They could have picked a better coloured brick than brown.
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