Welcome Guest! In order to take advantage of all the great features that Waterloo Region Connected has to offer, including participating in the lively discussions below, you're going to have to register. The good news is that it'll take less than a minute and you can get started enjoying Waterloo Region's best online community right away. Click here to get started.

Thread Rating:
  • 0 Vote(s) - 0 Average
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Drewlo Downtown project | 22 & 18 fl | Proposed
(02-22-2018, 03:06 PM)panamaniac Wrote:
(02-22-2018, 02:48 PM)Rainrider22 Wrote: Now that was a blanket statement.  Are we saying that people in the east end don't deserve better ?

Not at all. Only that they are unlikely to get better, at least as far as this development is concerned.

Exactly. I will quote my earlier post on this thread:

(02-07-2018, 10:26 PM)tomh009 Wrote: Not my favourite design, either, but not every building will be beautiful, and this is leaps and bounds better than anything these properties have seen for more than 50 years.

This property had run-down car dealerships in the 1970s already, and the properties continued to deteriorate until Drewlo demolished them last year. And across Madison is an empty lot covering about half the block, which has also been unused at least since the 1970s.

The Drewlo project will finally bring new life to this area, with probably close to 1000 new residents, but it has been a long time coming. No other developer has seized the opportunity in the past half-century to develop either this property or the one across Madison St. So haters can hate the design, I am very happy to see reasonable-cost rental units in the city core, and retail at the ground level coming to this area, regardless of the aesthetic.
Reply
(02-22-2018, 11:53 AM)modernizt Wrote: Awful. It looks like a housing project going up in a suburb of Shanghai or Moscow. Absolutely unfit for downtown Kitchener.

I disagree. For one, you're looking at something that has horrible CGI. It won't look anything like this.

Not only that, what are people looking for? Never mind that east-end DT Kitchener, except for the construction of Cameron Heights and the Market, has zero appeal at the moment.  This project will change that. Drewlo, and some will think this is a bad thing, isn't cheap. So you will be getting quality renters moving to this part of town.  This is NOT a housing project like the ones they put up in Shanghai or Moscow.

Amazing how quick people are to criticize this project but give zero input on what it should actually look like, or, for that matter, put one shiny nickel (since we can't use the expression "red cent" anymore) for any project in a near derelict part of town.

But again, once this thing is actually done, even without a single design change, it's going to look 10x better than the crappy CGI renders shown and a 100x better than what is there now.
Reply
(02-22-2018, 04:01 PM)jeffster Wrote:
(02-22-2018, 11:53 AM)modernizt Wrote: Awful. It looks like a housing project going up in a suburb of Shanghai or Moscow. Absolutely unfit for downtown Kitchener.

I disagree. For one, you're looking at something that has horrible CGI. It won't look anything like this.

Not only that, what are people looking for? Never mind that east-end DT Kitchener, except for the construction of Cameron Heights and the Market, has zero appeal at the moment.  This project will change that. Drewlo, and some will think this is a bad thing, isn't cheap. So you will be getting quality renters moving to this part of town.  This is NOT a housing project like the ones they put up in Shanghai or Moscow.

Amazing how quick people are to criticize this project but give zero input on what it should actually look like, or, for that matter, put one shiny nickel (since we can't use the expression "red cent" anymore) for any project in a near derelict part of town.

But again, once this thing is actually done, even without a single design change, it's going to look 10x better than the crappy CGI renders shown and a 100x better than what is there now.

Well Said !
Reply
(02-22-2018, 04:01 PM)jeffster Wrote:
(02-22-2018, 11:53 AM)modernizt Wrote: Awful. It looks like a housing project going up in a suburb of Shanghai or Moscow. Absolutely unfit for downtown Kitchener.

I disagree. For one, you're looking at something that has horrible CGI. It won't look anything like this.

Not only that, what are people looking for? Never mind that east-end DT Kitchener, except for the construction of Cameron Heights and the Market, has zero appeal at the moment.  This project will change that. Drewlo, and some will think this is a bad thing, isn't cheap. So you will be getting quality renters moving to this part of town.  This is NOT a housing project like the ones they put up in Shanghai or Moscow.

Amazing how quick people are to criticize this project but give zero input on what it should actually look like, or, for that matter, put one shiny nickel (since we can't use the expression "red cent" anymore) for any project in a near derelict part of town.

But again, once this thing is actually done, even without a single design change, it's going to look 10x better than the crappy CGI renders shown and a 100x better than what is there now.

I actually think this is a really valid point.  I think it'll look better than the rendering.  The red that looks like it doesn't fit will likely be brick, so maybe more muted?
Reply


Forum Jump:


Users browsing this thread: 1 Guest(s)

About Waterloo Region Connected

Launched in August 2014, Waterloo Region Connected is an online community that brings together all the things that make Waterloo Region great. Waterloo Region Connected provides a news reporting service, opportunities for event promotion and other user-driven content complemented by a lively discussion forum covering topics like urban development, transportation projects, heritage issues, businesses and other issues of interest to those in Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge and the four Townships - North Dumfries, Wellesley, Wilmot, and Woolwich.

              User Links