Author Archives: Frank Etherington

Fur already flying on proposal to license cats

Based on the reaction I’m getting from feline owners, I probably shouldn’t joke about cat licenses forming part of a perfect solution. But licenses would help pay some of the $630,000 it will cost Kitchener taxpayers in each of the … Continue reading

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Council votes to demolish Victoria Park heritage homes

Seven councillors last night ignored their own heritage staff by voting to demolish two Victoria Park homes that could have provided much-needed housing for low-income  families. Despite opposition from those staff members, some Victoria Park residents and architectural-conservancy experts, council … Continue reading

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Region says get lost on direct Iron Horse Trail link

Regional councillors continued to stumble toward finding a route for a $2-million proposed link between the Iron Horse Trail and the transit hub on King Street West near Victoria Street at a planning committee meeting yesterday. Committee members including Kitchener’s … Continue reading

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Victoria Park heritage homes facing demolition

Kitchener councillors will now decide if regional government will be allowed to bulldoze two Queen Street houses near Joseph Schneider Haus. They will do so after the city’s heritage committee voted 6-2 yesterday to reject a proposal by their own … Continue reading

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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 developed fully developed the site will become Kitchener’s … Continue reading

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Iron Horse Trail users won’t use complex regional link to transit hub

Regional councillors continued to stumble toward finding a route for a $2-million proposed link between the Iron Horse Trail and the transit hub on King Street West near Victoria Street at a planning committee meeting yesterday. Committee members including Kitchener’s … Continue reading

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Invest in city, give Queen-King Streets the royal treatment

Combining imaginative planning vision with quality design in order to boost and create downtown revitalization is always expensive but Kitchener has already proved the cost is worth the investment. Which is why I support a dynamic $1.8-million city proposal in … Continue reading

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Time to speak out on Victoria Park heritage hassle

I hope Kitchener councillors and heritage officials have the backbone to stand up to blatantly arrogant regional heritage colleagues who are determined to demolish two quality homes on Queen Street just south of Joseph Schneider Haus. And in early fall … Continue reading

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Heritage hassle, Jubilee crossing and condo at Nougat site

Out with the old and in with the new. That seems to be the situation in and around Victoria Park where, in recent weeks, a considerable amount seems to be happening. First development involves what is shaping up to be … Continue reading

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Former Schneider’s site could be a beautiful urban village

Close your eyes as you stand among the ugly former Maple Leaf-Schneider’s buildings between Courtland Avenue and Mill Street and imagine a gurgling creek flowing through a green, urban village. That’s the preferred planning vision for the huge 11-hectare (27-acre) … Continue reading

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