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http://www.city.waterloo.on.ca/DesktopDefault.aspx?tabid=1690

TAKE NOTICE that the Council of The Corporation of the City of Waterloo will hold a Formal Public Meeting on Monday, June 25, 2007, at a time to be determined, in the Council Chambers, 3rd Floor, Waterloo City Centre, 100 Regina Street South, Waterloo, to consider the following application to amend the Zoning By-law pursuant to Section 34 of the Planning Act and to amend the Official Plan pursuant to Section 17 of the Planning Act.

Original Proposal(for reference)




Revised Proposal :banana:














$200-$250 million (up from 100-130)
1006 units (up from 750)
Building heights up to 25 stories (up from 17)
230,000 sq ft of commercial and office space (up from 150,000)
280 hotel rooms (up from 120-150)
Plus a more modern design

All these changes equate to WaterlooInvestor being one happy guy :D :cheers:

(I dare someone to say Waterloo Region isn't urbanizing :lol:)
 

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Go to the Kitchener-Waterloo thread for more!

(We need to keep stuff focused in its dedicated sections.)
 

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Go to the Kitchener-Waterloo thread for more!
(We need to keep stuff focused in its dedicated sections.)
At $200-250 million, and 1008 units, this has to be one of the largest proposals in Ontario (outside of Toronto which has it's own section). It has the possibility of being a new tallest in one of Ontario's largest cities.

For these reasons, this proposal warrants it's own thread.
 

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Well you don't see too many replies in here, do you?
 

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lets see 10010 :)

waterloo seems nice. at least the old part. this looks almost suburban, how close is it to downtown? is it close to kitchener or on the edge of town?
 

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^^^ It's right in the heart of uptown, which is basically downtown. It's all one long urban core stretching between both cities.

 

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lets see 10010 :)
I know you're joking, but there has been close to 3000 units either constructed in the past 2 years, under construction or proposed in the downtown of Waterloo Region. Probably our biggest urban building boom we've ever seen!

waterloo seems nice. at least the old part. this looks almost suburban, how close is it to downtown? is it close to kitchener or on the edge of town?
Uptown Waterloo is 1.9km from Downtown Kitchener.

A lot of the parking in those renderings is from the surrounding buildings (which hopefully will be developed as well in the future). This particular site will be fairly urban. I have renderings of the old design. The new proposal will be better. (i'll post them up as soon as they're available)

The site will be surrounded by Perimeter Institute, CIGI, tourist train, Clay & Glass Gallery, Waterloo Rec Centre, Waterloo Park, Seagrams Lands (which has it's own small development, but potentially more in the future). It will also be a 5 minute walk from King Street/ updated Waterloo Town Square. It's only a 10 minute walk from the $50million Bauer Lofts (which has a few stores/italian grocery store). People will be walking in this area.

An overview of the site (slightly outdated, you can see the WTS RBC building is still under construction):



This is from the original proposal showing how Father David Bauer Drive would look. It looks alright to me, and I'm sure it even looks better with this new design: which turns FDB into a "boulevard"



Also from the original proposal showing the Office Building where FDB Drive and Erb Street meet:

 

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The office building could be taller, but there is already so much vacant office space in our urban corridor and new office buildings are pointless.
 

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Uptown is becoming a very nice spot... I would certainly live anywhere in that neighbourhood.

Remember the awful mall that was there? They should have demolished the whole thing rather than leaving half of it... but it is a major improvement.
 

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The office building could be taller, but there is already so much vacant office space in our urban corridor and new office buildings are pointless.
Our core office market is doing ok. The overall city's office market is booming. Just look at that under 5% vacancy rate. :banana: Now that the city is trying to have a more urban focus, that boom will spread to our core markets.



Uptown is becoming a very nice spot... I would certainly live anywhere in that neighbourhood.
Remember the awful mall that was there? They should have demolished the whole thing rather than leaving half of it... but it is a major improvement.
It will be a nice development. If you had the money, imagine the penthouse suite overlooking Waterloo Park = awesome view.

WTS is looking a lot better, and to think it's not even complete: a public square is being built starting in August, and a third building will be added to Willis Way in the future.

The $50 million Bauer Lofts (just down the street & under construction) will also add to the vitality of Uptown:

Residential: 131 units
Office: 107,392 sq. ft.
Retail: 42,600 sq. ft.

• Building A – Existing 2-storey building to be retained and to accommodate ground floor retail, restaurant and service uses with office uses on the second floor;
• Building B – New 15-storey building to accommodate ground floor retail and restaurant uses, two floors of office uses and 12 storeys of residential apartment units (131 units proposed);
• Building C – New 4-storey building proposed to accommodate specialty food store (Vincenzo’s which is relocating from Belmont http://www.vincenzosonline.com/) on the ground floor and 3 storeys of office uses above the ground floor.



Construction as of Saturday, May 26th
 

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Waterloo OKs BarrelYards vision
Region's largest development project to create brand new town in centre of city
TAMSIN MCMAHON
WATERLOO (Jun 26, 2007)



Waterloo council gave the green light to the $250-million BarrelYards project, paving the way for the largest development project in the region.

Councillors unanimously approved changes to zoning requirements that will allow London-based Auburn Developments to build highrise luxury condominiums and apartments buildings, along with hotels, shops and offices in the old industrial heart of the city.

"We're creating a brand new town in the middle of our city," said Coun. Mark Whaley. "It's pretty marvellous."

Plans for the complex on about five hectares (12.7 acres) of the former Canbar lands at Erb Street and Father David Bauer Drive include:

-Two 25-storey condominium towers;

-Four apartment towers, two 21-storeys high, one 18 storeys high, one 12 storeys high;

-12 townhouses;

-10 lowrise mixed-use residential and retail units;

-Two hotels with 280 rooms;

-230,000 sq-ft of commercial office and retail space;

-2,250 parking spaces, most of which would be in a two-level underground garage.

The project was the first major development proposal approved by the new council, which earlier this year supported plans to redevelop a parking lot at Waterloo Town Square into a public square.

The city scrapped a height and density cap that would have restricted the apartment buildings and condominiums to no higher than seven storeys.

Instead, the developer is planning several highrise buildings along Father David Bauer Drive.

Yesterday's council approval signalled an end to a decade-long debate on the property between the city and residents who wanted to keep their low-rise leafy streets from becoming a crowded city core overrun with traffic.

In 1998, Canbar asked the city to change its zoning restrictions in order to turn the site, which once held its fibreglass and plastics manufacturing business, into a commercial and residential complex. The company hoped to sell the land to a developer that would build a series of highrise apartments, hotels and business space. But those plans were scuttled after residents balked at bringing Toronto-style development and traffic into the quiet suburban core.

The company scaled back its plans and Auburn Developments bought the site in 2005. The land had undergone an environmental cleanup and passed a 2003 Ministry of the Environment audit.

The BarrelYards is the largest project that Auburn has undertaken, said company president Jamie Crich. The company is also developing the Arrow Lofts in Kitchener.

Plans for the project were scaled up from original concept, which was for 750 apartments and condos in mostly low-rise buildings, a 120-room boutique hotel and mostly above-ground parking.

Construction could start as early as this fall and would take between four and seven years, depending on how strong the market is for the project, Crich said in an interview.

But he said he's confident there is strong interest in a massive development in Waterloo and that his company has been flooded with calls from interested residents and businesses.

"You can't do everything overnight, but there is definitely a good strong market here. The city's done a great job with their Uptown and people are responding. They want to live there."

Local companies have long been pushing for a downtown Waterloo hotel and conference centre. Yesterday, Crich said the company is proposing both a long- and short-stay hotel, and would push for conference facilities.

Auburn has been getting as many as five calls a day from interested hotel chains since putting out a request. The hotels would be built by the hotel chains themselves.

He wouldn't name the potential hotel operators, but Crich said they were "some five-star hotels. Great brands have expressed an interest in being here."

Both the city and the developer said they would ask the region to make some road improvements, such as traffic lights and left-turn lanes, to Erb Street, said consultant Chris Pidgeon of GSP Group.

The developer isn't expecting the region to support the proposed changes, Pidgeon said, but they are critical to building the hotels.

The city is still negotiating to share the cost of about $100,000 in improvements to Father David Bauer Drive, such as landscaped medium and bike lanes on both sides.

John Shortreed, who lives on neighbouring Euclid Avenue, was concerned that the city was approving zoning changes before knowing the region would support road improvements to protect residents and pedestrians from an onslaught of new traffic. "It's a huge impact on a very small neighbourhood," he said.

Mike Hudson, who also lives on Euclid, was concerned the proposed highrise condos and apartments would destroy the natural skyline of Waterloo Park. "We should consider what it is about Waterloo Park that makes it special and try and see if that can be preserved," he said. "I don't think it can be preserved in its current form with very large office towers immediately adjacent to the park."

The proposal doesn't include any affordable housing, but a staff report said the developer plans to look into any low-cost housing opportunities and that creating luxury units would free up affordable housing elsewhere in the city.

Uptown Coun. Ian McLean said the project shows Waterloo is a leader in intensifying in its downtown. "Because we're running out of land, we will continue to be a leader and show Kitchener and Cambridge and other parts of the region how to intensify in a way that respects our existing neighbourhoods and provides for our future," he said.
 

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This is a great project. Not just because it's a good use of that land, but because it will set a precedent for high-density residential development in the core/Uptown area. If demand is strong for this, I expect to see many similar projects proposed.

The Centre Block proposal Downtown may have a similar effect there.
 

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I drove by the other day and this project is very promising to Uptown Waterloo. It will give the city more of a skyline!
 

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Couple of shots from in my van when I was in town getting my bike serviced @ King Street Cycle uptown, awesome bike shop!



Hotel Tower
 
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