Consider this as a homeowner heads up for those living in established neighbourhoods near Light Rail Transit stations at Mill-Ottawa and Borden near the former Schneider’s site.
Ward 9 residents who live a few minutes walk from the stations and the 27-acre site now owned by Auburn Developments of London, would be wise to attend and participate in a public information meeting that will soon be organized by the developer.
Information and plans seen at that meeting will contribute to changing the character and content of communities reaching from Ottawa Street and the expressway to Stirling, Courtland, Kent, Borden and surrounding streets.
Auburn will distribute flyers in surrounding neighbourhoods to announce the meeting where preliminary details of development, new roads, parks and creek-side trails on and near the Schneider’s site will be examined and discussed.
The development will form an urban village at the core of the city’s PARTS (Planning Arround Rapid Transit Stations) recently approved by Kitchener council and planners who are trying hard to protect and preserve mature residential communities.
And, believe me, those planners will need help from the public in order to resist growing intensification pressure both on council and within the development industry.
That PARTS document, dubbed the Rockway plan, includes portions of Rockway, Mill-Courtland, Highland-Stirling, Cedar Hill, King East and other communities.
On the Schneider site, housing could range from high-rise towers to stacked town homes and affordable housing financed under the federal government’s new affordable-shelter program. It could also include a restaurant, possible brewery and high-tech,’ light-industrial uses in reworked buildings at Courtland and Borden..
Nearby residents will soon notice preliminary demolitions taking place and bore-holes being drilled to test soil conditions on the sprawling site which will be developed during the next decade.