Category - Waterloo

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

3 articles from the week of April 5th to the 11th

Two companies leaving Ayr, taking 160 jobs with them

Officials in Ayr are optimistic that the village will be able to weather the loss of 160 jobs. CTV News


CITY HALL: King George Road property rezoned for 23,000-square-foot development

City councillors are supporting the rezoning of a vacant property at 240 King George Rd. that will allow the construction of a Farm Boy fresh produce store. Brantford Expositor



Sale rejected for St. Sophia

Parishioners of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of St. Sophia have voted against selling their property to a nearby land developer. 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

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

4 articles from the week of February 1st to the 7th

Kitchener considers extending downtown storefront grants

City of Kitchener staff estimate upward of 60 businesses in the downtown core could use a bit of a facelift and take advantage of a city grant program to spruce up their storefronts. The Record


With 27 doctors committed, new medical centre opens at The Boardwalk

If you’re looking for a family doctor in Waterloo Region, you now have one more place to look. CTV News


Incentive fundsIncentive fund coffers about to run dry

A total of $11.7 million in incentive grants that city hall proposes to give to the new owner of the former W.C. Wood industrial site will exhaust all of the funds. Guelph Tribune


Heather Abrey PhotoVictoria Park boathouse to be reincarnated

A vision for the future of the boathouse is taking shape after city council approved a lease and construction agreement Monday. Kitchener Post

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

3 articles from the week of January 25th to the 31st

A major new development is planned for the site of the former Fram factory on Romeo St. Stratford Beacon Herald


James Jackson photoLet the music play

After months of delays and tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees and lost revenue, a project to expand Maxwell’s Music House has finally been given the go-ahead. Waterloo Chronicle


Developer ordered to fix up or demolish derelict David Street homes

The City of Kitchener has given the owner of a pair of derelict homes overlooking Victoria Park two options — fix them up, or tear them down. The Record

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

5 articles from the week of January 18th to the 24th

BlackBerry announced Tuesday that it plans to sell the majority of its Canadian real estate holdings, amounting to more than three million square feet of space. CBC News


The site of the former Fram factory on Douro Street in Stratford will likely be home to Perth County’s new EMS headquarters and ambulance base. Stratford Beacon Herald


Fusion homesNew designs for W.C. Wood development

Neighbourhood residents who have been involved in public feedback sessions on the W.C. Wood property’s future shouldn’t be upset to see a new set of designs for the project, says Fusion Homes. Guelph Tribune


File PhotoCity spends $2 million on core parking

The City of Waterloo will spend more than $2 million to purchase land north of Erb Street near the uptown core and make it available for parking. Waterloo Chronicle


A cooling tower manufacturer is opening up shop in Woodstock, bringing approximately 50 jobs to the city by the second quarter of 2014. Woodstock Sentinel Review

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