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Manulife Development Project
#11
(12-08-2017, 05:56 PM)nms Wrote: I couldn't find any pictures online of the King Centre/King City Mall, but I did find a couple articles on the general topic of the Downtown redevelopment.

"The struggle for the centre: one city's adventure with modernity," by Nick Storring and, "Local Power and Its Limits: Three Decades of Attempts to Revitalize Kitchener's CBD," by Pierre Filion and Trudi Bunting.

The first is more philosphical and the latter is more academic including a short review of how downtown Kitchener's CBD ended up where it di.

Thanks for linking the articles! Fillion and Bunting were two of my favourite professors at UW. I can still hear Pierre's French Canadian accent in the back of my head discussing Andres Duany and New Urbanism.
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#12
Has anyone seen a render of this project?
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#13
(12-12-2017, 07:45 AM)rangersfan Wrote: Has anyone seen a render of this project?

I might have, but I thought it was apartments/condo's...so I never really made a huge mental note of it. There is a lot more stuff going on in DTKitchener that's not listed here, but whether or not any of that stuff comes to fruition is another story.

BTW: Regarding Kitchener City Hall - who here recalls that the tower portion was designed that it could take on additional floors? I can't recall how many extra floors, but reminds me of King Centre. Anyway, wondering if building code has changed enough that this sort of thing won't happen now.
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#14
(12-02-2017, 05:42 PM)Spokes Wrote: I'll get all of the old posts moved over shortly

Could one of the mods please do this?
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#15
(12-12-2017, 08:20 AM)jeffster Wrote:
(12-12-2017, 07:45 AM)rangersfan Wrote: Has anyone seen a render of this project?

I might have, but I thought it was apartments/condo's...so I never really made a huge mental note of it.  There is a lot more stuff going on in DTKitchener that's not listed here, but whether or not any of that stuff comes to fruition is another story.

BTW: Regarding Kitchener City Hall - who here recalls that the tower portion was designed that it could take on additional floors? I can't recall how many extra floors, but reminds me of King Centre. Anyway, wondering if building code has changed enough that this sort of thing won't happen now.

That's a new one to me.
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#16
(12-16-2017, 12:19 PM)tomh009 Wrote:
(12-02-2017, 05:42 PM)Spokes Wrote: I'll get all of the old posts moved over shortly

Could one of the mods please do this?

We're having some issues with moving posts at the moment.  Hold tight.
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#17
(12-16-2017, 12:45 PM)panamaniac Wrote:
(12-12-2017, 08:20 AM)jeffster Wrote: I might have, but I thought it was apartments/condo's...so I never really made a huge mental note of it.  There is a lot more stuff going on in DTKitchener that's not listed here, but whether or not any of that stuff comes to fruition is another story.

BTW: Regarding Kitchener City Hall - who here recalls that the tower portion was designed that it could take on additional floors? I can't recall how many extra floors, but reminds me of King Centre. Anyway, wondering if building code has changed enough that this sort of thing won't happen now.

That's a new one to me.

No, the tower was not designed to take additional floors, but what i remember from an open house for the carl zehr square renovations is that the open space along Duke St (where the cube sculpture is) was meant for an addition of the building, so the tower could be expanded in terms of footprint, not in height.
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#18
Do you think this is a dead project now that Manulife will be vacating their downtown Kitchener offices?
https://www.therecord.com/news-story/868...kitchener/
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(06-21-2018, 01:18 PM)neonjoe Wrote: Do you think this is a dead project now that Manulife will be vacating their downtown Kitchener offices?
https://www.therecord.com/news-story/868...kitchener/

I feel like that story has to be missing some details. They just spent a lot of money renovating the downtown office, and even after the lay-offs I don't see how they could add all those people to their office in Waterloo. I don't think the Waterloo building is half empty. If it was they wouldn't have spent money expanding the office space downtown to add more employees just last year.

In general though, I think layoffs probably make the redevelopment more likely. Biggest problem for the redevelopment would be employee relations over the lost parking, but that's less of an issue now.
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#20
That is a big loss for Downtown, I can't believe how they are making such a massive change after all of the work that has gone into transforming their Kitchener office.
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