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The latest from Councillor Etherington…

2017 October 4
by Melissa

Schneider’s site sold to London developer

The massive former Schneider’s site adjacent to Light Rail Transit in Kitchener’s Mill-Courtland community has been bought by London developer Auburn Developments and will be developed during the next seven years..
When fully developed the site will become Kitchener’s largest housing development, an urban village sprawling over 11 hectares (27.6 acres) of property.
Preliminary plans for the development were announced this morning after the site stood empty for three years..
Auburn is known locally as the developer of the upscale Arrow Lofts on Benton Street, Kitchener and Barrel Yards in Waterloo.
The Schneider site is likely to eventually accommodate more than 2,000 housing units next to the LRT on Borden Avenue.
Now the sale is complete, here’s hoping councillors, planners and developers will make certain the highest standards of urban design are used on a development where Schneider’s first established its historic meat-packing plant 91 years ago.
Auburn is considering a mix of residential, light commercial and other uses on the site which has 750,000 square feet of vacant industrial and office possibilities as well as 150,000 square feet of converted commercial space..
Some existing buildings will be demolished while the office structure and warehouse could be converted for other uses. Planners are looking at a mix of residential, commercial and institutional and office use along Courtland.
Preferred plans include medium and high-rise residential uses at the back of the site complete with innovation employment sites and possibilities for a brewpub, retail and restaurants.
However, because of construction and location difficulties, I’m disappointed that Schneider’s Creek, currently buried under the site, does not look as though it will be naturalized and unearthed.
There’s also no indication the village will include any subsidized,affordable housing.
But I’m working on it.

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