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Old July 7th, 2011, 05:54 AM   #81
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Looking at the pictures in that last article, it appears that all of the buildings on Lakeport Road and Lock Street will be preserved. The old jail will be preserved as well, but moved to another site.
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Old July 14th, 2011, 07:10 PM   #83
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Old July 25th, 2011, 01:41 AM   #84
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Old August 3rd, 2011, 06:12 AM   #85
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Luckee I have some friendly criticism for you, you need to present your posts better then what you do man. Put some flair and work into it, and more people will show interest in this thread. Right now this thread is on life support. Show pictures, post the article, not just a link. Thankfully you have contributors like Xzmattzx who shows pictures and peaks interest. Spark conversations with others. There is plenty that can be done. Just a thought.
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Old October 13th, 2011, 07:28 AM   #86
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Old October 16th, 2011, 12:12 AM   #87
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Old October 17th, 2011, 03:43 AM   #89
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Luckee, did you happen to see Rhino's post? Posting just a link doesn't leave much for people and does not help foster discussion in here as much as it could. Looking at the links, they are not newspaper articles where information is practically spoon-fed to you, but if you're going to post links like the last few, you should give a one-sentence explanation of what the link is (Example: for this link that you posted, you could say "Renderings of the Performing Arts Centre are posted here"). Also, your last link isn't going to work; you need to post it online somehow (or find where you got it from), because posting the folder you have it saved in doesn't work.
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Old October 18th, 2011, 05:31 PM   #90
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St. Catharines Public Library Grantham Branch & Kiwanis Aquatic Centre
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What has been a hot topic for the last few years in St. Catharines, has finally taken the next step. On Monday December 5th, 2011, councillours voted 9-3 in favour of building a new multi-purpose spectator facility in a preffered location downtown St. Catharines. The Niagara IceDogs, an ice hockey team in the Ontario Hockey League, will be the major tenant.

They initially proposed I think a 5,000 seat facility, but to cut costs slightly it's going be a "U-shaped" seating to have about 4,700 seats. Most of the new information is in the article below.

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http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/A...aspx?e=3394178
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Old January 10th, 2012, 02:57 AM   #92
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Seven projects that will remake St. Catharines

Seven projects that will remake St. Catharines
By Karena Walter, Standard Staff
Posted 20 minutes ago
Mayor Brian McMullan can picture the new landscape drivers will behold as they cruise south through the city on Highway 406.

They'll be greeted by a signature span with a "wow" factor where Burgoyne Bridge is now deteriorating before coming around the bend. Then they'll see a spectator sports and entertainment complex, a performing arts centre and the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts.

And it's all happening in the not-too-distant future.

"It'll be pretty impressive," McMullan said.

"It's the physical example of some of the optimism and where we're going in the future … and what that means to St. Catharines."

Break out the ceremonial shovels and ribbon-cutting scissors. This is the year longed-for projects take shape and long-awaited projects wrap up.

On Monday, the city's new Carlisle St. parking garage — also visible from that stretch on the highway — was opened, helping create the new picture.

The $27.9-million garage, which sported cranes for the better part of 2011, is among a number of major projects in St. Catharines that are starting up or wrapping up in 2012.

The list includes:

n Opening: Kiwanis Aquatic Centre and Grantham library branch

A splashy opening is in sight for the $19.7-million pool that had a groundbreaking ceremony back on May 25, 2010.

Originally tentatively scheduled to open in fall 2011, city officials now say it's happening this spring.

The 50,000-square-foot centre at the corner of Carlton and Niagara streets features an eight-lane competitive pool and a recreational swimming area. McMullan said it's an impressive facility with a lot of thought put into it, from the building itself to the programming inside for users of the library and the aquatic centre. It will include family-friendly change rooms, a warm-water pool for the very young and seniors who want to remain active.

"We're getting closer to being completed and I think that's building excitement in the community," he said.

n Finishing: St. Catharines hospital

This is the year construction is scheduled to be completed on the new hospital complex — on Nov. 26, to be precise.

At that time, PCL Constructors Ltd. will hand over the keys for the new facility to the Niagara Health System.

There will be a few months of training and orientation for NHS staff before the doors are opened to the public. A spring 2013 opening is scheduled.

Liisa Morley, a spokeswoman for the new Health-Care Complex and Walker Family Cancer Centre, said 82% of the building is complete.

Although the exterior looks finished to passersby, she said there are still more than 600 workers busy inside.

The $759-million project is on budget and on schedule, she said.

n Digging: Merritton fire hall

The Merritton fire hall project is heating up this year, with fire Chief Mark Mehlenbacher expecting ground to be broken this spring. The $5.95-million project, to replace the aging Station 4 on Walnut St., is still in the design phase. A request for tenders will be put out soon and are expected to come back in late March.

Once there's a shovel in the ground, Mehlenbacher estimates it will take 12 months to build, leaving a targeted opening of spring 2013.

The new fire station is being built north of the current station at 427 Merritt St. on a plot of land next to the Dairy Queen.

The building will house the St. Catharines Fire Service's communications centre, all IT equipment and a back-up generator.

n Digging: St. Catharines Performing Arts Centre

City officials have been buoyed by the response as at least 13 companies have picked up tenders to bid for the job of pouring the St. Paul St. centre's foundation. Submissions for the quotas are due later this month.

The city is expecting construction on the $60.7-million centre to start in mid-2012 with a grand opening in October 2014.

The centre will be connected via a covered walkway to Brock University's Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, which is being built adjacent to the Canada Hair Cloth Building.

n Digging: Spectator Sports and Entertainment Facility

City council only approved the building of a multi-use facility in December, but construction is already targeted for July.

"That's aggressive and we acknowledge that," said McMullan, explaining council approved a process that is time-efficient because the bidder provides the design.

If all goes well, the city is looking at a May or June 2014 opening.

That puts the new spectator facility's anticipated completion ahead of the arts centre.

McMullan said the sports and entertainment facility is less complicated to build.

A request for proposals will be issued this month for a company to write the detailed tender documents for the facility. The city is hoping to put tender documents out for design in April or May.

n Preliminary: Burgoyne Bridge

The design of an arched span to replace Burgoyne Bridge on St. Paul St. received a warm reception during a public meeting in September.

The $55-million project is still in the design phase and has a long way to go before construction begins, likely in 2013 or 2014.

It will run about 317 metres, with a 110-metre-long arch spanning Twelve Mile Creek and Highway 406. The "signature bridge" is expected to be a gateway to downtown St. Catharines.

n Opening: The Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex

Brock University's latest addition, scheduled to open around summer time, has been touted as a gateway to a stronger future for the school, the city and the region.

The $111.4-million facility will contain state of the art research labs allowing students and teachers to move out of a cramped science building.

They'll be doing leading edge work in the 176,000-square-foot complex, which will also help develop partnerships between researchers and industry.

The complex broke ground in September 2009 and will house 400 students and faculty.
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Timing right for 77 Yates

Planner says condo development long-needed in St. Catharines


77 Yates. The current design for 77 Yates St. is slightly higher, with peaked roofs and covered parking. Council approved the project Monday night. Image courtesy of Glenn E. Barr Associates Ltd.
A project slated for an historic St. Catharines neighbourhood that has been in development limbo for nearly 30 years is finally set to go ahead.
And the planning consultant who has been involved with it for the entire time said he believes the timing is finally right.
Glenn Barr of Glenn E Barr Associates Ltd. says he thinks the project, which has had many starts and stops, is going to go ahead this time.
“We have the right developer, the right builder, the right marketing people, and the timing seems to coming about nicely,” he said. “So I think it’s going to go.”
On Monday, council approved the plans for a 35-unit condominium building for 77 Yates St.
First conceived in the early 1980s, the project has been the subject of heated neighbourhood opposition, which led to an Ontario Municipal Board hearing in 1987. At the time, the OMB sided with the council at the time, which had rezoned the land from green to residential, allowing for an apartment building.
The current plans are somewhat different from the original and required council to ammend the zoning bylaw.
The plan calls for an additional unit (35 instead of 34). The building will also be a little higher (14 metres instead of 11), and there will be less front and side yard set backs to allow for a covered parking area and access to an underground garage.
The changes didn’t sit will with neighbour Robert Reid, who was involved in the fight agaisnt the project in the ‘80s. Reid said the project should conform with the OMB ruling to the letter.
He said he is not against intensification and admits the design is attractive, though he considered the look a smoke screen to mask the changes.
“The architect didn’t design the new look within the rules,” he said.
Lawyer Tom Richardson, who represented the developer, said council is completely within its rights to alter the zoning. Regarding the reduction in provided parking (one of the key issues raised by Reid), Richardson noted the standard has been reduced from two per unit to one.
“The rules of the game were changed by you 16 years ago,” he said.
Barr, who also addressed council, said the height change is not meant to add more units but simply make them more appealing, saying the units will now have 10-foot ceilings. There will also be a peaked roof instead of a flat top.
“The market now demands 10-foot ceilings,” he said.
“I think it will be the pre-eminent condo development in the city,” he added.
Reached on Tuesday, Barr said he stands by the latter comment, notwithstanding the progress of the Port Place project.
He said he’s thrilled that one’s going ahead, too, adding the two projects will likely serve different markets, with Toronto buyers likely going to Port.
“There’s a great many people here who have lived here all their lives who love the Yates Street neighbourhood,” he said.
He said the story of 77 Yates St. reflects the city’s development history — there hasn’t been a new condo building in the past 25 years. That these projects are going ahead is terrific, he said.
“The two of them are going to do a lot of positive things for the city,” he said. “It’s not a good thing for St. Catharines to not have new development.”
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Old April 10th, 2012, 05:54 AM   #95
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Hockey arena news:

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Ball-Rankin eyed as new arena builder


St. Catharines should hire Ball-Rankin Construction Inc. to build the new spectator facility in the lower- level parking lot, says a long-awaited city report.

The partnership between two family-owned construction companies — one based in St. Catharines, the other in Kitchener — meets all of the city’s requirements and meets the city’s $45-million budget, says the report from parks and recreation director Rick Lane.

And Rankin is also throwing in two pedestrian bridges, worth upwards of $1 million and connecting the 4,500-seat facility to St. Paul St. — for free.

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I believe construction has now officially started on the new arena. Looks nice, but nothing special or fancy. At least it will be downtown! Be a nice upgrade for that franchise!
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Old January 21st, 2013, 09:27 PM   #100
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It will be exciting to watch it go up over the summer. Hopefully the Jack Gatecliff Arena is still used. It would be nice if they restored the old marquee on Division Street, that was visible up until at least 2004.



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