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Weekly ‘Roundup’ of real estate news from Waterloo Region and Guelph

10 articles from the week of March 22 – April 4

Premier Kathleen Wynne says the province is committing to two-way, all-day GO service between Waterloo Region and Toronto. CBC News


Additional GO trains through Guelph amplifies downtown parking concerns

Ward 5 Coun. Leanne Piper sees a stamp of approval from the province for Guelph’s role in a larger economic development corridor. Guelph Mercury


BlackBerry sells Canadian real estate holdings

BlackBerry says it has reached a deal to sell the majority of its Canadian real estate holdings. The Record


Guelph Health UnitNew health unit building ‘on budget and on time’

Public health employees are ‘all looking forward to being under one roof and not having to move again’. Guelph Tribune


File imageCostco conundrum

A preliminary rendering of the proposed Costco warehouse store site on Erb Street, across from the Waterloo landfill entrance. Waterloo Chronicle


RDH Architects Selected as Architectural Firm for the Old Post Office

Cambridge Moves Forward With Plans on the New Library and Restaurant Project. Exhange Magazine


Delta Hotel, luxury apartments expected to open this summer in Waterloo

The Delta Waterloo Hotel and luxury rental apartments at the Barrel Yards are expected to open in the next few months. The Record


Smitty’s gets fresh start in Kitchener

Elmer Schmidt, 91, a founder of Smitty’s Fine Furniture, joined Smitty’s president Bob Gray at the grand opening of the company’s new location in Kitchener. The Record


Laurier gambled on a ‘ghost town’ — and won

The former library was the first Wilfrid Laurier University building in the city. The Record


Submitted graphicTraffic Pileup

More voices of concern are speaking out against a plan to build a Costco on on Erb Street West across from the landfill. The Record


Weekly ‘Roundup’ of real estate news from Waterloo Region and Guelph

11 articles from the week of February 22nd to the March 8th

Light rail sparking redevelopment of King Street site

Don Zehr looks out the second floor window of his company’s boardroom in Kitchener and sees a future with LRT. The Record


Mother’s Pizza comes back to Kitchener

Back in the 1970s, if a family wanted to eat out, the “go-to” place that came to mind was Mother’s Pizza. The Record


Condo developer offers registrants early look at southside project

Coletara Development has begun “VIP” registration in recent days for its mid-rise condominium development . Guelph Mercury


Let them build it and they will stay? Grants could moor startups in Kitchener

When tech startup Plasticity Labs was looking to return to Canada from Silicon Valley, they ultimately settled on Waterloo Region. CTV News


James Jackson photoState of limbo

After 55 years at the corner of King Street North and Noecker Street near uptown Waterloo, the congregation of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of St. Sophia has an uncertain future. Waterloo Chronicle


Submitted graphicDeveloper offers city incentive to change zoning on site

A developer looking for upwards of eight amendments to city zoning bylaws is offering the city a one-time payment of $110,000 and a new parkette as part of their proposal to allow the development to proceed. Waterloo Chronicle


Extended-stay hotel in St. Jacobs will be a home away from home

The outlet malls, antique shops and the farmers market are what St. Jacobs is traditionally known for. The Record


Two-thirds of Canada’s Technology Triangle budget comes from municipal government funding

One regional councillor is questioning the return on investment for the $950,000 the region and the area municipalities spend to attract foreign investment. Kitchener Post


Preston Springs Hotel back on the market at double previous price

Barely one year after it was last sold, a historic property on the edge of Cambridge is back on the market. CTV News


File imageCity approves land swap for possible Costco

City council has approved a large land swap deal on the west end of Waterloo that could open the door for a Costco store and other commercial space. Waterloo Chronicle


Major industrial player’ has an eye on Cambridge

Even before the city’s newest industrial area, dubbed Boxwood Business Campus, is officially ready to roll, companies are showing interest. Cambridge Times




Weekly ‘Roundup’ of real estate news from Waterloo Region and Guelph

4 articles from the week of February 15th to the 21st

Changes to the design of a proposed 18-storey mixed-use building at the southwest corner of Macdonell and Wellington streets won praise at this week’s council meeting. Guelph Tribune


Waterloo has a world-class tech ecosystem, universities,and technology park that is creating new investment, but it is lacking the accommodations to house those venture capitalists and international visitors. Waterloo Chronicle


Local businesses need bright young minds. Bright young minds need business exposure and experience. It’s a match made in Stratford. Stratford Beacon Herald


Councillors split on incentives for downtown developments

City councillors are splitting along urban-suburban lines over the future of financial supports for redevelopment in the city core. The Record

Weekly ‘Roundup’ of real estate news from Waterloo Region and Guelph

7 articles from the week of February 8th to the 14th

Preston Springs redevelopment on hold

It will likely be some time before anything happens at the former Preston Springs Gardens Hotel at the top of King Street. The Record


Bringing new life to Galt’s Main Street

David Gibson and Craig Beattie are walking down Main Street in Galt talking about the challenges of restoring and renovating old buildings. The Record


Plaza to bring life back to Guelph industrial site

The downtown retail plaza under construction holds the promise of a rounded mix of stores on a long-vacant industrial site at the busy intersection of Wellington and Gordon streets. Guelph Mercury


Omb decision clears way for development in breslau

Two subdivisions proposed for Breslau that have been in limbo could be back on track following a decision by the Ontario Municipal Board. Observer Xtra


Protection of farmhouse in Guelph’s south end making property development difficult

An aging but unspoiled fieldstone farmhouse could become Guelph’s next “stranded asset” headache, as firms eye available industrial and commercial property nearby in the south of the city. Guelph Mercury


Melissa Murray photoRegion investigates airport growth

About 300 people attended the first public input session for the regional airport’s master plan Thursday night and they came armed with their opinions on the direction they would like to see the airport go. Kitchener Post


Several presentations on the potential future of the Cooper site involving reuse of sections of the former railway shops have given city council reason to reconsider options — including whether a master plan for the site should precede any decision on demolition. Stratford Beacon Herald

Weekly ‘Roundup’ of real estate news from Waterloo Region and Guelph

7 articles from the week of January 11th to the 17th

Startup goes old school with new computer interface

Calvin Chu and Ashish Bidadi believe old technology — buttons, dials and sliders — make it easier and faster to use computers. The Record


Submitted PhotoLaunch preparations

It’s a sign of a maturing tech ecosystem that more graduating startups are looking for that next stage space to set up shop. Waterloo Chronicle


Submitted graphicCouncil defers approval of new King Street condo

City councillors have deferred their decision on a proposed 20-storey condo just north of uptown Waterloo. Waterloo Chronicle


Startup explosion pumping new life into downtown Kitchener

These early days of 2014 have me thinking about change — how much we’ve seen in the past year, and what’s in store in the 12 months ahead. The Record


Hespeler Beer Store gears up to move – eyes Tri-City Centre

The commute between the liquor and beer stores in Hespeler may be about to get shorter. Cambridge Times


Momentum plans second condo project on Victoria Street

Momentum Developments is planning the biggest condominium project yet for the central part of the city. The Record


Waterloo Business Development Moves Beyond the Blackberry Story 

Waterloo Innovation Park and the new Interior Design Program at Conestoga College announce a design competition to be held on Friday, January 31, 2014. Exchange Magazine

Weekly ‘Roundup’ of real estate news from Waterloo Region and Guelph

5 articles from the week of January 4th to January 10th

HUB Adds Leading Real Estate Team as Service Provider for Startups

One of southern Ontario’s leading real estate teams will become a service provider for residents of the Communitech HUB, a key centre for creation, growth and success of new technology ventures. Exchange Magazine


UW buys BlackBerry buildings beside campus

Faltering BlackBerry has found a buyer for five office buildings as it lays employees off and downsizes. The Record


Cineplex displays its digital solutions expertise

When people think of Cineplex, they usually think of the big screen in a movie theatre. The Record


With Mohawk College pulling the plug on its presence in Brantford, officials are turning their attention to the future of its empty property on Elgin Street. Brantford Expositor


Open Avenue wants to bring crowdfunding to real estate

A new local company wants to bring a crowdfunding platform to the real estate investment market. The Record





Weekly ‘Roundup’ of real estate news from Waterloo Region and Guelph

6 articles from the weeks of November 30th to December 13th

Dozens of historic Kitchener buildings up for protection

In a move that will protect historic buildings vulnerable to demolition, city staff want more than 60 different addresses included on the heritage register of culturally significant properties. The Record


Cambridge post officeOld Cambridge post office to become library, restaurant

Cambridge councillors approved the funding Monday night to turn the Water Street building, formerly a post office, into a library and restaurant. CTV News


web-SilvercreekextSilvercreek work finally ready to roll

The former Lafarge quarry lands are finally set for development, eight years after a developer first proposed commercial building on the vacant 54-acre site. Guelph Tribune


Apartment developments contribute to rise in Guelph housing starts

Housing starts in Guelph are on the rise, even in the face of decreasing national trends. Guelph Mercury


Big Lots announced Thursday, December 5, 2013 that it is pulling out of Canada, closing its Canadian headquarters pictured here in Brantford, Ontario, along with two distribution centers and 78 stores under the Liquidation World and Big Lots banners.BRIAN THOMPSON/BRANTFORD EXPOSITOR/QMI AgencyBig Lots/Liquidation World closing Cdn. operations 

An estimated 150 local workers are losing their jobs as Big Lots announced it is leaving Canada, closing its Brantford head office and 78 stores across the country. Brantford Expositor


New Director for Cambridge Economic Development Cambridge

The City of Cambridge introduced the new Director of Economic Development, James Goodram. Exchange Magazine



Weekly ‘Roundup’ of real estate news from Waterloo Region and Guelph

5 articles from the week of November 23rd to the 29th

Echo boomers will help the local housing market in 2014: analyst

If you plan to sell a house next year, you can thank the “echo boomers,” or children of baby boomers, for keeping the market steady in Waterloo Region and Guelph. The Record


Perimeter Development buys downtown Kitchener office tower

After buying a 12-storey office building in the downtown, Perimeter Development Corp. plans attract high-tech startups moving out of the Communitech Hub in the nearby Tannery. The Record


Downtown redevelopmentTriple play in works downtown

The Baker Street parking lot that the city hopes will become the home of its new public library may also see the University of Guelph,  Conestoga College and the YMCA-YWCA setting up shop there. Guelph Tribune


Guelph Correctional CentreJail land plans being tabled

Guelph’s former jail lands has reached a major milestone with the release of a draft version of an Official Plan amendment that needs to be approved for any development to proceed. Guelph Tribune


Guelph Costco to open next spring

The sign at Guelph’s latest, pending, big-box retailer’s construction site reads: “Costco Wholesale Coming Soon.” Guelph Mercury

Weekly ‘Roundup’ of real estate news from Waterloo Region and Guelph

4 articles from the week of November 16th to the 22nd

The public will have an opportunity in Brant County council chamber to comment on a local developer’s plan to expand a plaza in a southeast Paris neighbourhood. Brantford Expositor


Abode Varsity LivingFive towers in plans for student highrise

The developer that plans to build university student housing near the corner of Stone Road and Gordon Street has submitted a preliminary design proposal that includes five towers. Guelph Tribune


Submitted graphicSt. Louis school sold

City councillors approved the sale agreement of the former St. Louis school between the city and a local developer Monday evening. Waterloo Chronicle


File PhotoCouncil sets urban guidelines

A new report to city council outlines a series of tools available to councillors to give them a better idea of how to adequately assess the quality of urban design in Waterloo. Waterloo Chronicle


Weekly ‘Roundup’ of real estate news from Waterloo Region and Guelph

6 articles from the week of November 9th to the 15th

Work begins Monday on downtown condo project

Through a recession-wracked economy and the brutal decline of the region’s largest employer, Andrin Homes pre-sold enough units to begin the long-awaited redevelopment of a strategic parcel of land in the heart of the core. The Record

A new place to call Home

Currently a site in the early stages of construction, the project underway at the corner of King and Albert streets in St. Jacobs is destined to be a 66,542 square-foot multipurpose building. Observer Xtra


The parking lot was full as the east-end Target opened its doors in Stratford Wednesday. Two retail giants are about to go head-to-head. Stratford Beacon Herald


AFile photo plan for St. Louis

 Jeff Zavitz is a man with a vision — a vision to revitalize the decaying and decrepit St. Louis Catholic school and return it to its place as the heart of the community. Waterloo Chronicle



Outdoor store ready to set SAIL in the city

The Tri-City Centre on Holiday Inn Drive is about to sport a $25-million facelift. Cambridge Times


Brant County council is viewing enthusiastically a treasurer’s report on the Brant 403 Business Park that shows a strong beginning and promising future over the next 20 years. Brantford Expositor