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Old September 3rd, 2005, 02:19 AM   #61
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There are other colours on the building too at least.

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Old September 3rd, 2005, 06:27 PM   #62
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NEWS FLASH September 3, 2005
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CONSTRUCTION TIMELINE*

August 2005
• Construction of the new Willis Way will commence.
• Purple demolition hoarding will be removed along
King Street.
• The sidewalk on the west side of King Street from the traffic
signals at Willis Way to William Street will be out of service
for some time.

October 31, 2005
• New Willis Way opens for pedestrian and vehicular traffic.

November 15, 2005
• Stores along the new Willis Way will be open for business.

September, 2005 through August, 2006
• The construction of Block D.

November, 2005 through December, 2006
• The construction of Block C.


*Construction typically takes place between Monday and
Friday between 7:00am and 5:00pm. Some work may take
place on the weekends.

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Old September 5th, 2005, 03:21 AM   #63
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Willis Way should be under construction soon.

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Old September 6th, 2005, 08:23 PM   #64
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Saw this in the paper, figured I'd post it. More roadblocks...
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Efford to save old buildings promised
Committe urged to loo at other options for core heritage buildings

There will be a fight to save old builings on a strategic downtown block if there is any move to demolishthem to make way for a library.

"To say the demoishing of a historic building is the only option is, I think, iresponsible, and quite frankly just wrong", said Coun. Michael Galloway, the chair of Heritage Kitchener.

"And there are other options that need to be explored, ad that's something the Cere Block committee neds to look at a little harder."

Galloway was reacting to the ports tabled earlier this week at a meeting of the Waterloo Public Library-Cenre Block project committee.

Allthough those projects did not call for demolitions, they revealed it would cost up to 17 million to restore the exterioir of the old Forsyth clothing company factory, which is designated as a heritage landmark.

Tearing it down and replacing it would cost even more, posibly more then 21 million. Preserving portions o fhte building would cost up to 22.5 million.

The reports did not consider the costs of restoring and renovating the other six or so historic properties o that block, allmost all which are owned by the city.

Roy Robinson, and industrial realtor on the Centre Block project committee, said turing the old building into condos or office space simply isn't feasible.

"This building, and I say it candidly, is a very unattracive building," Robinson said of the Forsyth factory.

Nobody at the meeting spoke in favour of saving the old buildings or asking city council for more money to restore what was the original mainsteet in downtow Berlin. That has Galloway and other heritage advocates worrired.

"From my standpoint we only hae to go back to the old City Hall and the decision that was made to demolish that and building an office tower and a mall.

"Now we are sitting here and looking at pictures of the old City Hall and going: 'Well, those decisions were not the best made at the time," Galloway continued.

At this point there are no plans to incorporate any of the buildings into a new library. WIthin weeks the Centre Block committee would like to begin seeking proposals from developed for the site, which is just east of City Hall.

At a minimum, Galloway and Zyg Janecki, another member of Herative Kitchener; wat the Forsyth building's art deco facade preserved.

And if the cost of demolition and replacement is about the same as restorating the building, Janecki said the Forsyth building should be renovated.

But Janecki said there is more at stake then some old buildings with historical and architectural singnificange. He wants both to preserve the ld factory, but also encourage downtown redevlopment.

"So it's kind of a catch 22. In terms of the downtown there is some revitalization, but its not what it used to be."

Annalee Moore, meanwhile, staunchly opposes anything but restoring the old factory and including it in redevlopment. She feels the same way about other historic builings on that block.

If the city moves to tear down part or all of the factory, Moore said sh will appeal to a provincial tribunal. "The city has had this block of buildings for a long eough time.... There was alot of work that could have been done to start restoring these buildings to make them more useable," said Moore, another member of Heritage Kitchener.

"They sat there empty for along time and that's contributed to the cost of renovating and using them."

Moore said the city is being hypocritical because it cried foul when a developer dismatled a historic barn in south Kitchener, but isnt protecting what could be Kitcheners largest remaining collection of historically significant properties.

"The city, in my mind, is sort of talking out of two sides of its face.", Moore said.

City council spend about 9 million several years ago buying up almost all properties on Centre Block, which is bounded by King, Younge, Duke, and Ontario streets. It is also earmarked 32.5 miilion to help pay for a library on that block, which could cost up to 51 million.
Quite interesting to read. I have nothing to say other then "out with the old, in with the new." Besides, for those who know downtown, there is nothing in Centre Block at all. 50% is a shit hotel/bar and a few somewhat run down stores and the factory which has been abandoned for the longest time (unless it is in use now), the other 50% is parking lot. I think a new library in the heart of downtown would be great.

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Old September 6th, 2005, 09:05 PM   #65
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"This building, and I say it candidly, is a very unattracive building," Robinson said of the Forsyth factory.
I completely disagree. This is a nice piece of industrial architecture where if restored properly could yield a great (and large) building. However that said, the building is probably beyond the point of saving which is really sad and a loss to the industrial heritage that Kitchener has.
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Old September 7th, 2005, 12:34 AM   #66
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A leasing/advertising sign has gone up for the new building on the Seagrams land, which will look like a much older building, and will have two floors of comercial space and one (the third) floor of luxury residential

It is the newest building to be put in the Seagrams precinct, to date.

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Old September 8th, 2005, 01:25 AM   #67
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New apartment building (in planning) for Waterloo

105 University Avenue East

This 13 & 8 storey apartment complex accommodates 198 units composed of three and four bedroom units aimed primarily at a university student population but constructed as regular apartments for future flexibility. The building is self-contained with a range of indoor and outdoor amenities, full security, maintenance services and minor resident-oriented commercial uses. Parking for 350 cars is accommodated in two floors of underground structure.

Cost: $30 Million
Size: 250,000 sq ft



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Old September 8th, 2005, 01:52 AM   #68
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Now thats a nice apartment building. Hopefully Uni Ave will be lined wall to wall with them in the near future.
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Old September 8th, 2005, 02:17 AM   #69
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Yes, that'd be pretty cool!

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Old September 8th, 2005, 02:17 AM   #70
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Yea that's a nice apartment. Though are they planning to use bricks for the exterior?
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Old September 8th, 2005, 03:35 AM   #71
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I believe they are.
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Old September 10th, 2005, 08:47 PM   #72
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Uptown photos taken this morning!

Firstly, the new building on the Seagrams Lands @ 7 Father David Bauer Dr- it will have two floors of office space and one floor of luxury apartments, of which there will only be three. A sign has gone up to advertise the available units. The mastermind of this building and neighbouring restaurant Sole, is Peter de Groot, who based the new building on a previously existing building that was on the Seagrams lands, but was, unfortunately, demolished. However, he travelled all over Quebec and Europe in search of the perfect design, down to every detail- a lot of work for a small 3-storey structure. It will be nice to see a completed streetscape along Father David Bauer drive once the building is constructed...

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Secondly, the new outward-facing storefronts at Waterloo Town Square shopping centre- Willis Way (the new street) will be complete within one and a half months and these new stores open shortly thereafter. Note the new framework and drywall. The raised section halfway down the building is where the entrance into the indoor mall will be…

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Old September 11th, 2005, 04:47 AM   #73
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Damn, why is Waterloo getting all the new goodies.
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Old September 11th, 2005, 06:58 PM   #74
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Bauer development news is coming soon I hope

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Old September 11th, 2005, 07:42 PM   #75
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Got any information about Waterloo light rail transit plan? I am really interested in that.

I know our mayor in Hamilton is looking very closely to the whole transit system.

Quote from Mayor Larry Di Ianni

"Well, for a long time I've been a proponent of light rail. In fact, when I visited Dalyan [sp?] recently, and saw their light rail, it was just wonderful, just a wonderful system. And I'm keeping a close eye on Waterloo, which is undergoing some planning now for light rail. We'll see how that goes. Their challenge will be how to fund it as well, at the end of the day."
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Old September 11th, 2005, 07:56 PM   #76
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The LRT is on its way... but as much as I support it, I think your city is going to have alot of trouble getting the funding... this is North America after all, and it has no idea about public transit.

Here's what I've found:

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PLANNING THE FIRST STEP FOR
WATERLOO REGION LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT


KITCHENER - The Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario and the Region of Waterloo today announced joint funding of up to $2.5 million for technical studies and an environmental assessment for a Light Rail Transit project serving the Region of Waterloo.

The studies will examine a proposed 14-kilometre light rail transit section along the central transit corridor, which will run north-south to connect the cities of Kitchener and Waterloo. This line would be the first phase of a 30-kilometre line that will ultimately extend to Cambridge.

Transport Canada and the Region of Waterloo will equally share the cost of the technical studies, to a maximum of $500,000. The environmental assessment will be funded jointly by the Government of Ontario and the Region of Waterloo. The total cost of all the studies is estimated at up to $2.5 million.

"The Government of Canada is committed to improving our transportation system, and public transit is an important priority," said Minister Responsible for Ontario and Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, Joe Volpe, on behalf of Transport Minister Tony Valeri. "Projects such as the Light Rail Transit system demonstrate how we are working with our partners to address our common priorities. Completing the studies needed to advance the proposed Light Rail Transit project builds on the government’s previous commitment to assist the Region of Waterloo with its central transit corridor express project expected to start in September 2005."

"The way we plan for growth today will determine how we live tomorrow," said Ontario’s Minister of Public Infrastructure Renewal, David Caplan. "We are giving municipalities tools to build strong communities that provide a better quality of life by limiting gridlock, controlling urban sprawl and protecting greenspace. This is a great example of how governments can work together to improve communities."

"Light Rail Transit in Waterloo Region positions our community to improve our excellent quality of life and economic success as we transition to a large urban centre," said Regional Chair of the Region of Waterloo, Ken Seiling. "The Light Rail Transit initiative is a visionary, holistic approach to community planning that intrinsically links transportation infrastructure with the achievement of our land use objectives."

The technical studies will:

demonstrate how best to support anticipated urban growth through transit investment and land use planning;
assess various transit options for the region and how they can be integrated with other transportation services;
provide detailed ridership projections for the proposed new transit line; and
provide detailed cost-benefit analyses.

Today’s announcement reinforces the commitments of the governments of Canada and Ontario towards sustainable communities through investments in public transit that provide a better quality of life by limiting gridlock, controlling urban sprawl and protecting greenspace. The federal and provincial governments are working together to deliver real, positive change in the Region of Waterloo and across the province.

Federal funding for the technical studies will be provided through Transport Canada’s $600 million Strategic Highway Infrastructure Program, which funds studies that examine better integration of transportation systems.

As these studies are underway, the Government of Canada will continue to work with the Government of Ontario and the Region of Waterloo to determine the best approach for transportation services in the area and to examine the potential for future federal, provincial and municipal infrastructure funding for these projects.

A backgrounder on the Light Rail Transit project is attached.

Contacts:
Christina Van Loon
Office of the Minister of Transport
Ottawa
(613) 991-0700 Jacques Gravel
Transport Canada
Communications, Ottawa
(613) 993-0055
Ross Parry
Office of Minister Caplan
(416) 325-1657 Bryan Stortz
Office of Mr. Seiling
(519) 575-4408

Transport Canada is online at www.tc.gc.ca. Subscribe to news releases and speeches at apps.tc.gc.ca/listserv/ and keep up-to-date on the latest from Transport Canada.

For information on Public Infrastructure Renewal please visit the Ministry of Public Infrastructure Renewal's Web site at www.pir.gov.on.ca.

This news release may be made available in alternative formats for persons with visual disabilities.


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BACKGROUNDER
REGION OF WATERLOO LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT PROJECT


Waterloo is one of the fastest growing communities in Canada and is responding to many of the same challenges being faced by mid-sized urban areas throughout North America. These challenges include outward pressure on urban boundaries and downtown areas in need of revitalization.

The Regional Growth Strategy adopted by the Region of Waterloo on June 25, 2003, links the development of transportation infrastructure with the achievement of land use objectives, including higher densities along a planned 30-kilometre central transit corridor linking the cities of Kitchener and Waterloo and ultimately extending south to Cambridge.

The Light Rail Transit project would be integrated with the express bus service to Cambridge, the municipal transit system, intercity bus services, GO Transit and VIA Rail. This project would support the redevelopment goals in the region as laid out in the Regional Growth Management Strategy.

The federal and provincial governments believe that the proposed project has excellent potential to encourage a more sustainable urban environment and will work with the Region of Waterloo to further investigate the proposal.

Technical Studies
The technical studies to be completed will:

-further demonstrate how best to support anticipated urban growth through transit investment and land use planning;
-assess various transit options for the region and how they can be integrated with other transportation services;
-provide detailed ridership projections for the proposed new transit line; and
-provide detailed cost-benefit analyses.

The information gathered through these studies will inform and could supplement the environmental assessment.

Environmental Assessment
The environmental assessment will be funded jointly by the Government of Ontario and the Region of Waterloo. It will encompass a detailed design of the proposed light rail transit project. It is expected that completing the technical studies will accelerate the environmental assessment process.

Funding
Transport Canada and the Region of Waterloo will equally share the cost of the technical studies up to a maximum of $500,000. The environmental assessment will be funded jointly by the Government of Ontario and the Region of Waterloo. The total cost for all the studies is estimated at up to $2.5 million.

Federal funding for the technical studies will be provided for under Transport Canada’s $600 million Strategic Highway Infrastructure Program, which funds work to examine better integration of transportation systems.

Other Support for the Waterloo Region
The Government of Canada is currently funding urban transit projects in the Region of Waterloo. The Central Transit Corridor Express Project will link Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo with cycle-friendly, express bus service along a clearly defined corridor. The service will incorporate innovative technologies such as information technology to provide real-time transit information and web-based trip planning opportunities. The service is expected to start in September 2005.

The Province of Ontario has been assisting the Region of Waterloo in replacing and refurbishing their transit fleet (buses). The Province has also committed funding support to the Region of Waterloo for express bus services from Kitchener to Cambridge. The services will help build ridership along the Central Transit Corridor, bus and passenger facilities and advanced transit technologies.

(May 2004)

Credit for this article goes to www.tg.gc.ca

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Just as much, I would recommend this link if you want to see the many results that a google search will yield on the topic:

http://www.google.ca/search?hl=en&q=...ght+rail&meta=

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Thanx for the information!
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Old September 13th, 2005, 04:05 AM   #78
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Waterloo's CBD is changing significantly- and rapidly!

Wow! The Willis Way storefronts are really going up rapidly!

As well, the hoarding is up along King St. from the mall down to the church, and the sidewalk along this stretch of our main street is closed for a year now. Construction on the next phase of the Town Square starts soon- the office building KPMG will reside in, and its neighbour building.

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The renderings look very trendy and sophisticated.
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