Category - Rapid-transit

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

2 articles from the week of January 17th to the 23rd

Hickory driveability docked? Councillor wants Northdale street car-free

Big changes are in the works for Waterloo’s Northdale area – and one councillor is suggesting the biggest change yet. CTV News


GO Transit plans layover facility in Kitchener industrial area

Kitchener has been selected as the future host of a layover facility for GO Transit buses and trains. CTV News

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

4 articles from the week of September 27th to October 3rd

bu-walker energy-26Tenneco will save $1M a year with new lighting

An independent study was done at the 675,000-square-foot Tenneco Inc.plant in Cambridge to find out where its energy bill was being spent. The Record


bu-hotel boom-26Hotel investments aim for ‘upscale’ welcome to Waterloo Region

As Waterloo Region’s research and technology sector grows and draws more corporate visitors, tens of millions of dollars are being spent on building and “upscaling” area hotels. The Record


NotablesReid’s Heritage Homes building net zero units in Guelph

A net zero energy home is to be constructed to be air tight, energy efficient with solar panels, and it will create at least as much energy as it consumes. Guelph Mercury


LRT route inspires development in Waterloo Region

It looks like developers are investing – big time – along the Central Transit Corridor. 570 News

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

4 articles from the week of September 6th to September 12th

DorseySquare, led by Twitter co-founder Dorsey, opens offices in Kitchener

Jack Dorsey, founder of Square, sits in the company’s offices in downtown Kitchener. The Record


HeritageGuelph has its first heritage district

The district takes in the historic Brooklyn neighbourhood south of the river and extends along Gordon Street to near the university. Guelph Tribune


SUSAN GAMBLE, The ExpositorCity council voted Thursday night to see the land and buildings of the Market Square, which opened in 1986 as the Eaton Market Square, to Laurier Brantford for campus expansion.        City Hall: Laurier buys Market Square mall

City council voted Thursday night to see the land and buildings of the Market Square to Laurier Brantford for campus expansion. Brantford Expositor


Submitted illustrationWeber Street opening delayed

This illustration shows the final configuration of the Weber Street underpass. Currently the road is graded to meet the tracks, but will ultimately go beneath a rail bridge. Kitchener Post


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

3 articles from the week of July 12th – 18th

Waterloo Region Economic Development Strategy Draft Action

Following extensive consultation with many stakeholders and community partners, a new “strategic direction” for economic development in Waterloo Region is taking shape. Exchange Magazine


RDH Architects plans to restore the old post office and build a 7,000-square-foot glass addition to the west side of the historic building. CBC News


File PhotoMunicipalities must ensure affordable housing along LRT line: Region

Area municipalities will have to take the lead when it comes to ensuring there is adequate affordable housing along the light rail transit route. Waterloo Chronicle

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

6 articles from the week of September 14th to the 27th

Chinese investors putting money into Waterloo student housing

The excellent reputations of local universities have wealthy Chinese families investing in student housing projects in Waterloo. The Record


Region to discuss cancelling development incentives in city cores

The Region of Waterloo will discuss cancelling development incentives in city cores in response to growth spurred by rapid transit. The Record


James Jackson photoChanges approved for WNH site

Waterloo city council has approved amendments to its zoning bylaw and official plan to allow a local masonry company to redevelop the former home of Waterloo North Hydro. Waterloo Chronicle


Google’s Motorola establishing a new office in Kitchener-Waterloo

Just a few days after BlackBerry Ltd. said that thousands of its staff will lose their jobs in the coming weeks, one of the embattled smartphone maker’s top competitors announced plans to set up a new office in the Waterloo, Ont.-based company’s backyard. Financial Post


CommunitechCommunitech to join Google network of tech hubs

A technology business in Waterloo, Ont., has been selected to join Google Inc.’s Tech Hub Network. CTV News


Square Announces Permanent Office in Waterloo, Hiring Team of 30 Engineers

Square announced yesterday their intention to set up a permanent location in the Kitchener-Waterloo area in 2014. Tech Vibes


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

5 articles from the week of August 17th to the 23rd

Coletara looks at next condo project in Guelph as first barely off the ground

Coletara Development’s large condominium project on Gordon Street South is just getting off the ground, literally, and the Mississauga-based firm is already looking ahead to its next project in Guelph. Guelph Mercury


Online Guelph retailer finds new and larger home in the city, the upstart superstar in local online retailing, is no longer at its former headquarters on York Road, but it’s doing just fine, a top manager says. Guelph Mercury



Heather Abrey photoBurned building on King Street to be torn down

Fire-scarred eyesore has stood in downtown Kitchener for more than two years Kitchener Post



Land buys and expropriations for LRT still on track

So far, so good. That’s what the region is saying when it comes to acquiring land for the light rail transit project (LRT). Kitchener Post


A local developer has purchased the former FRAM industrial property. Peter Hyde, president and owner of Hyde Construction, said the deal closed on Aug. 13. Stratford Beacon Herald

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

7 articles from the week of June 20th to the 26th

Myer’s closing costs 250 jobs

About 250 workers will be looking for other jobs before the end of the year after an announcement from Myers Industries Inc. that it will close its Brantford operation as part of a restructuring by the U.S.-owned company. Brantford Expositor

City’s bill for OMB case nears $2 million

The City of Brantford has spent almost $2 million defending its actions to prevent the development of two parcels of land in the Hardy Road area and implement the beginnings of its Waterfront Master Plan. Brantford Expositor

Slow start to Cambridge building permits this year

City officials believe things are looking up after a tough first half for local construction statistics. Cambridge Times

Maple Leaf Foods selling turkey farms, hatchery operations to two Ontario buyers

Maple Leaf Foods has agreed to sell its commercial turkey farms to Ernald Enterprises Ltd., already a supplier to Maple Leaf. The Record

Loblaw, which once proposed a 144,000-sq.-ft. food superstore for property it owns near a major south end intersection, is now seeking a nod from city council to build a 39,000-sq.-ft. Zehrs on the site north of Clair Road. Guelph Tribune

The University of Waterloo announced that Thalmic Labs has launched from the VeloCity startup program. Exchange Magazine

The Region of Waterloo voted earlier this month to move forward with ordering 14 light rail vehicles (LRV) from Bombardier for a total cost of $92.3 million, in what councillors called a milestone for the project. Waterloo Chronicle


Region of Waterloo buys former Bauer Industries property for rapid transit yard

518 Dutton Drive, Waterloo

The Region of Waterloo has purchased the former Bauer Industries property at 518 Dutton Drive in Waterloo for $6,000,000. The site will be used for as a maintenance yard for the Region’s rapid transit system.

The property consists of 16.88 acres; of which approximately 12.88 acres are developable. The existing building is 84,240 sq ft.



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