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General University Area Updates and Rumours
#16
The Joseph Schneider House was in a much worse state of repair and it was returned to a museum quality restoration. Just because something isn't easy to restore to a usable state doesn't mean that it should be knocked down. If we keep knocking down farmhouses (or other buildings), soon we'll have nothing left.
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#17
Looks like uWaterloo will be continuing with new building projects (from today's Daily Bulletin)

Quote:The Building & Properties Committee will be asking Board to approve an Engineering 7 project budget of $88 million "where the building will be connected to and integrated with the east façade of the existing Engineering 5". The committee will also be asking Board to approve the awarding of a design/build contract to Melloul-Blamey Construction Inc. for $32,532,000 (plus HST, of course) for a 490-bed residence on the west parking lot of UWP.
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#18
More information on the now-approved E7 at uWaterloo (from today's Daily Bulletin)  See link for render.

Quote:Board approves $88M Engineering 7 building


The University of Waterloo’s Board of Governors approved the construction of the $88 million Engineering 7 (E7) building yesterday. The University’s Building and Properties Committee made the proposal for the 230,000-square-foot, seven-storey building to house Waterloo Engineering’s ongoing transformation of how it delivers education to students.
“As the University of Waterloo continues to emerge as one of the world’s top innovation universities, the construction of E7 will enable us to attract even more of the best and brightest students and faculty who will undertake their studies and research here,” said Feridun Hamdullahpur.. “Nearly 8,500 undergraduate engineering students will engage in experiential education opportunities in E7, which will also provide space for faculty and graduate students to engage in a research portfolio of disruptive technologies.”  
E7 will accommodate growth from the recently launched biomedical engineering program and the expansion of the Faculty of Engineering’s highly popular mechatronics engineering program. It will also house the Faculty’s new teaching innovation, the multidisciplinary Engineering Ideas Clinic™, where undergraduate students starting from first year integrate classroom theory with hands-on learning as they design, build, test and refine ideas. The Conrad Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology Centre will relocate to E7, where faculty and mentors will offer a new entrepreneurship option. The building will have dedicated study and social spaces for students, lecture halls and entrepreneurial support areas, along with areas for student teams to prototype their Capstone Design projects.
“With the construction of E7, Waterloo Engineering will graduate even more highly sought-after engineers while catalyzing more innovations, inspiring more entrepreneurs and supporting the next wave of high-impact research,” said Pearl Sullivan. “E7 is not just a building, the entire design will enable engineering to take our unique educational experience to the next level and realize our vision for educating the engineer of the future.”  
E7 will have some of the best research facilities in the world, including an additive manufacturing—or 3D printing—laboratory, and an indoor flight arena for testing autonomous and robotic vehicles.   Many graduate students will likely work to advance technologies including the rapidly progressing Internet of Things, infrastructure and developing wearable biomedical devices to monitor human health. 
An atrium and elevated pedestrian bridges will link E7 to Engineering 5 and 6.  The target start date for construction is next fall.
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#19
For those unfamiliar with the plan, E7 will, from the outside, appear to be just an expansion of E5 to the West. There are a few renders floating around the internet.
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#20
Has anyone heard any recent updates in regards to 242 King st N? A couple of years ago Jay Taylor of Morty's Pub purchased the location and was planning a new restaurant there.
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#21
Oct 28, 2014 208 Sunview st. I am pretty sure people have already moved into this building.

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#22
I think they did some time ago. If memory serves the work that's being done now is to renovate the main floor to allow for retail.

It was approved under the old zoning, and now that the Northdale zoning is in place, this and some others have applied to renovate the main floors.
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#23
Going by 312 to 322 King St yesterday it looked like work was getting underway there. A few years ago I believe a project was proposed for that site tucked in beside the "Kings Landing" building.

All I can find is some legal documents relating to the property.
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#24
The work at "king's landing "maybe just prep for a parking lot.
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#25
By my estimate 256 Phillip, Icon 330, the Block, the Hub and Sage will put online over 5000 bedrooms. This is in addition to the numerous towers built during the last five years on King and Lester. Is it possible that this next batch of units might not see enough demand from students?
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#26
(11-28-2014, 08:14 PM)BuildingScout Wrote: By my estimate 256 Phillip, Icon 330, the Block, the Hub and Sage will put online over 5000 bedrooms. This is in addition to the numerous towers built during the last five years on King and Lester. Is it possible that this next batch of units might not see enough demand from students?

That's the thing about bubbles. It's hard to know when they're going to pop.
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#27
(11-28-2014, 08:14 PM)BuildingScout Wrote: By my estimate 256 Phillip, Icon 330, the Block, the Hub and Sage will put online over 5000 bedrooms. This is in addition to the numerous towers built during the last five years on King and Lester. Is it possible that this next batch of units might not see enough demand from students?

These new units are likely to be better than lots of older apartments around KW, and have better transit access. Demand isn't just from students, and hopefully these buildings do expand past what student-only demand can support.

Alternatively, once one- and two-bedroom units are more widely available, students will flock to those and perhaps force down the price for the 5-bedroom ones.
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#28
So who lives in the little old houses now, if the students are in towers?
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#29
(11-29-2014, 07:55 AM)Smore Wrote: So who lives in the little old houses now, if the students are in towers?

In certain areas of the city the number of students renting houses has gone down dramatically. I'd include among those Mary Allen, Beechwood, Lincoln heights and Westvale.

Also anecdotally, I see a large number of units listed at <$400 per month for the Winter term. This is the busiest term of the year, and usually quite hard to get anything under $500 on a term lease.
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#30
Are those $400 units in houses or in the new buildings?
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