Category Archives: Low-Cost Housing

Improved apartment development still an insult to heritage area

Kitchener planners and heritage staff are considering an extremely pedestrian, ugly proposal for a 10-storey apartment building in Kitchener’s Victoria Park Heritage Neighbourhood. Once clear of city requirements, the revised Vive Development proposal will likely go to council early next … Continue reading

Posted in Heritage, Low-Cost Housing, Neighbourhoods, Victoria Park | 1 Comment

First tough challenge for our new Ward 9 councillor

Advance polls for Kitchener’s Oct. 22 municipal election are currently taking place around the city. Voting at one such poll, this outgoing, lame-duck councillor was thinking about what could   be the first issue to test the backbone of whoever … Continue reading

Posted in Heritage, Homelessness, Low-Cost Housing, Neighbourhoods, Queen Street renewal, Vibrant Downtown, Victoria Park, Ward News | Leave a comment

Lip service for neighbourhoods, heritage and the homeless

In the Oct. 22 municipal election, residents should judge their local politicians by their actions and votes, not their empty words. Never was that so true in Kitchener where those seeking re-election to council continue to exhibit shallow “love-my-hood” hypocrisy … Continue reading

Posted in Heritage, Homelessness, Low-Cost Housing, Neighbourhoods, Queen Street renewal, Vibrant Downtown, Victoria Park, Ward News | Leave a comment

Snail-pace approach toward regional opioid-overdose issue

Alarming increases in opioid-related deaths continue as regional council this week crawled toward a solution. Part of that solution would be a rapid decision on two supervised drug injection sites — one in downtown Kitchener and another in Cambridge’s drug-troubled … Continue reading

Posted in Amalgamation, Drug injection sites, Homelessness, Low-Cost Housing, Neighbourhoods, Transparency, Vibrant Downtown | Leave a comment

Planning bonuses benefit developers, not taxpayers

Local taxpayers should read it and weep. They have paid about $1 billion for a bungled, much delayed light rail system that I’m glad to see has generated at least $1.2-billion construction activity in downtown Kitchener. But the same taxpayers … Continue reading

Posted in Greener City, Heritage, Homelessness, Journalism, Light Rail Transit, Low-Cost Housing, Neighbourhoods, Transit, Vibrant Downtown, Ward News | 4 Comments

Neighbours learn about development of Schneider’s site

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 … Continue reading

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In development boom, try to attend public meetings

Residents who live near Light Rail Transit should prepare for spinoff impacts of a $1.2-billion development boom expected before 2021. And while I see that boom as healthy intensification, I’m concerned about preservation of eight established neighbourhoods in Ward 9. … Continue reading

Posted in Heritage, Light Rail Transit, Low-Cost Housing, Neighbourhoods, Schneider's site, Transit, Vibrant Downtown, Victoria Park | 1 Comment

Take part in PARTS plan for community and Schneider’s site

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 … Continue reading

Posted in Greener City, Iron Horse Trail, Light Rail Transit, Low-Cost Housing, Neighbourhoods, Schneider's site, Transit | Leave a comment

Wondering what PARTS puddings will taste like

The proof will be in the planning puddings. That’s obvious as each glossy PARTS (Planning Around Rapid Transit Stations) is presented to Kitchener council while we wait and wait for the LRT to come chugging slowly down the line. The … Continue reading

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Housing strategy won’t impact Kitchener’s changing skyline

It’s unlikely Ottawa’s recent and overdue housing strategy will be in place when at least 15 major high-rise projects dramatically change Kitchener’s skyline during the next two years. That approaching $1-billion construction frenzy is caused by a combination of inner-city … Continue reading

Posted in Cherry Park, Heritage, Light Rail Transit, Low-Cost Housing, Neighbourhoods, RIENS, Vibrant Downtown, Victoria Park | 2 Comments