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The latest from Councillor Etherington: Neighbours learn about development of Schneider’s site

2018 February 4
by Melissa

To date it’s a no-name, urban hamlet planned in central Kitchener that could take at least 10 years to develop.

About 100 residents who live near Kitchener’s 27.6-acre Schneider’s-Maple Leaf site showed up last night to ask questions about the development by Auburn Developments of London that will eventually include at least 2,000 housing units. The information meeting — first of several planned by the developer and the city — was held at Cameron Heights Collegiate.

Auburn is known locally as the developer of the Arrow Lofts on Benton Street, Kitchener and Barrel Yards in Waterloo.

The Schneider site, which has stood empty for three years, will include everything from town homes to 18-storey condo and rental towers. It is located between Courtland, Borden, Palmer and the rail tracks near Mill. It is on the Light Rail Transit route and adjacent to two LRT stations.

Residents learned that initial site activity will include drilling, soil testing and demolition. It will also involve renovation of the existing office building, warehouse and garage near Courtland-Borden for possible high-tech’ offices, restaurant and brew-pub purposes.

Other proposals:

  • Consideration of affordable housing mixed with stacked townhouses and medium to high-rise buildings;
  • Extension of Kent and Palmer streets into the site plus several new, east-west roads;
  • A green park corridor connecting with neighbourhood creeks and trails;
  • A transit study and pre-development inspection of existing, nearby homes/businesses that could be affected by demolitions;
  • Dust and noise controls as demolitions progress.

Meanwhile, Auburn has activated a Schneider website at http://www.schneiderredevelopment.com and announced that neighbourhood issues about site activity should go to site manager Connor Wilks at 519.434.1808.

On a lighter note, nearby residents have been asked to suggest names for the development and its new streets but I would predict several suggested at last night’s meeting are unlikely to be considered.

My favourites?

“Wiener Way” traversing “Hot-dog hamlet.”

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