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70 King St N | 16 & 22 fl | Proposed
#16
My little voice is telling me that the developers ideas may be way out in front of development realities. We'll see.
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#17
These are fairly big adjustments to ask for (though Waterloo's baseline is quite restrictive):
  • Increase the maximum building height within 30 metres of King Street from 16 metres (four storeys) to 58.25 metres (14 storeys).
  • An increase in density from 250 dwelling units per hectare to 571.
  • An increase in maximum floor area ratio, from 3.0 to 12.4.
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#18
(Yesterday, 09:18 AM)tomh009 Wrote: These are fairly big adjustments to ask for (though Waterloo's baseline is quite restrictive):
  • Increase the maximum building height within 30 metres of King Street from 16 metres (four storeys) to 58.25 metres (14 storeys).
  • An increase in density from 250 dwelling units per hectare to 571.
  • An increase in maximum floor area ratio, from 3.0 to 12.4.

Yes, but the ZBL is designed so that developers have to ask for changes in exchange of community benefits (particularly the floor area ratio increase). That's why every single (major) development always needs a zoning amendment.
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#19
Love the podium!
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#20
This article seems to show an alternate design for the site: https://www.kitchenerpost.ca/news-story/...ote-steam/

Personally, I prefer the earlier design, which IMO is more cohesive and elegant. That being said, the "Arena of Creativity" does sound like it could be cool if done well.
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#21
I quite like the curved glass in the new design. Very different from the usual boxy design of buildings here in KW.
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#22
I guess if Kitchener is going to have a curvy podium at 100 Victoria, then Waterloo needs to have one too...
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#23
Kitchener already has one (sort of) at 1 Victoria. But the proposed podium at 70 King St N looks to be a significant enhancement to the facade, wrapping the podium and draping down towards the sidewalk. Goodbye boring box-shaped buildings.

   
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#24
I won't be sad to see the demise of the parking lot there. 3 rows crammed in the space for 2. Add snow and people who don't care of they've parked in the lines and it's a fun job to get in and out.

This is a much better use for the space anyway.
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#25
(2 hours ago)timio Wrote: I won't be sad to see the demise of the parking lot there.  3 rows crammed in the space for 2.  Add snow and people who don't care of they've parked in the lines and it's a fun job to get in and out.

This is a much better use for the space anyway.

Totally. It's a temporary parking lot. The City of Waterloo looooooves temporary parking lots, they keep purchasing properties for them!
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