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New Condo Plan for Wortley Village Worries Some Residents

An $8-million “marquee” luxury-condo development planned for Wortley Village is whipping up debate in the historic neighbourhood. But some nearby merchants are concerned the building will add to existing parking problems and some residents say the size and design is not a good fit for the neighbourhood.

The proposed four-storey building would be built on a parking lot at Wortley Rd. and Bruce St. The building would have about 24 luxury condo units priced from $250,000 to $400,000 and 6,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space. The development would have a two-tier parking garage with 36 parking spots for residential and retail tenants, eight spots short of city requirements. Because of higher ceilings in the condo units, the building would be slightly taller than the 12-metre limit allowed under city guidelines. Parking shouldn’t be a major issue in an area where pedestrian traffic is common. “It’s not like a suburban shopping mall. The retailers we are looking for are expecting street parking and pedestrian traffic,” said David Tennant Jr. of developer, the Hampton Group.

Only 15 businesses in the immediate area of the development were notified by city officials about the details of the project. The Old South Community Organization sponsored a meeting Saturday morning on the issue at the Landon Branch of the London Public Library.

So, the local business owners main concern is with parking? It’s a very walkable village, all necessities are provided within a 10 minute walking distance, so why should parking be a major concern? All this empty lot has done the past few years was become an eyesore to the village. People have gotten used to parking in this lot, and don’t want to see a change. There is plenty of parking still available in the area (the grocery store, bank, etc.). Get rid of the eyesore already!! Oh and the design of the building and site looks really quite nice, it’d be nice to see something new in the area.



February 11, 2010 at 2:06 pm 11 comments

Queen Street Traffic Study

Queen Street Traffic Study Limits

Queen Street Traffic Study Limits

Queen Street businesses will get the traffic study they want, but they’ll have to put up with confusing parking rules until it’s complete in January. On Monday, Coun. Rick Cowsill called for a traffic and safety review of Queen Street, between Cooper Street and Guelph Avenue. He said business owners are complaining to him after parking was banned from the north side of the street over the summer. It’s created “some major problems” along the narrow section of Queen Street in the heart of the one-time village, he said. “It seems that speeding has increased and a lot of people are driving to the core area, can’t find a parking spot and are taking off.”

Why would you ever remove on-street parking? Isn’t that one of the first things they teach in streetscaping and urban design courses?


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October 8, 2009 at 2:43 am 1 comment

Dundas-King Pedestrian Mid-block Connection: A Downtown Public Space Concept

Last semester we were asked by our professor to create an independent project that would be one of the key pieces in our portfolios. As I am interested in Urban Design, urban renewal and I am active in the revival of downtown London, naturally I chose to do a concept project for the downtown.

I realized that the downtown lacks in quality urban spaces to entertain those who live in the core and those who are there to shop and visit.


I looked at the available spaces to create an interesting public space and narrowed it down to two, the parking lots between Dundas Street and King Street, and King Street and York Street [Site 1]. This would create an direct pedestrian mid-block connection between Dundas Street and the VIA train station on York Street; and the other site was the parking lots at Richmond Street and Carling Street [Site 2].


Listing the pro’s and con’s of each site I chose to do the midblock connection, however because of time constraints I could only do the portion between Dundas and King.

Realizing that this is an existing parking lot, that is usually full on weekdays, it would be important to re allocate the parking somehow. My solution to this is that there would be a public private partnership to build a mix use parkade between the midblock connection and Clarence and King and the existing buildings along clearance. My Concept poster shows the new building having retail at grade with a false second floor or it could be office space or apartments.

Existing Amenities

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Check out the 3D walkthrough of the space..

let me know what you think? Would you use this space? Is this something that would attract people to the downtown?



May 14, 2009 at 5:27 am 6 comments

A Changing Hespeler Skyline


Shawky Fahel, a local developer in Waterloo Region has bought the existing American Standard building in Hespeler and has grand plans for the redesign of the factory’s site. The first draft plan includes approximately 95 housing units and 7,000 square feet of retail space fronting Queen Street. Fahel is also thinking that part of the building might become “transitional housing” for seniors who want to leave their homes, but aren’t ready to move into a nursing home.

With its location on Speed River, the building will be turned into 34 apartment units with studios and storage units on the ground floor. A second large stone building at the east end of the property will be remodeled to incorporate 33 apartment units. Adjacent to it and running along the south side of the property, will be another two-storey stone building with 12 townhouse units. A fourth large building facing Queen Street will be saved and re-used with 16 residential condominium units at the rear of the building and retail/commercial space on Queen Street.

The project is now dubbed 1847 Riverbank, and “keeps the four best-crafted buildings in this industrial campus”, while demolishing the centre of the existing structure to create a two-storey, 141 space parking structure with rooftop terrace.

We want condominiums and mixed use. The building lends itself very well to that,” Fahel said. It’s amazing to finally here those words come out of a developers mouth in the Region.

The site currently is contaminated but has been described as being “manageable” and GSP Group will be working with the ministry over the next six to eight months to complete the required record of site condition.

Construction is slated to start at the beginning of 2010 and Fahel said the apartments will be competitively priced.

Finally Hespeler you have something to be proud of other than your hockey.


February 18, 2009 at 9:41 pm 1 comment

Make Way for Plows

The crackdown has begun against people who let their cars get in the way of plows.

City workers plowing after the snowfall yesterday had six vehicles towed because they were parked on the street.

Shayne Turner, the city’s director of bylaw enforcement, told the finance committee that four of the vehicles got “a friendly tow” a short distance to allow for easy passage of snowplows.

Two other vehicles were seized because “they had been on the street for sometime with no licence plates,” he said.

No one was fined for parking on streets during a “snow event.” This will change, however, as soon the province approves the city’s new tag-and-tow bylaw, which provides for an $80 fine.

In the case of some parked cars yesterday, bylaw officers and city crews knocked on doors to find the owners and asked them to move their vehicles.

But Turner said it appears most residents are aware they can’t park on streets during and after a snowstorm.

“The feedback we are getting from staff and the public is that it has been successful,” he said.

The objective of the new bylaw is to have all streets plowed within 24 hours of the end of a storm.

For years, the city has banned overnight parking on streets during the winter. The new bylaw bans on-street parking, day or night, if there is enough snow to trigger a full plow — when all of the city’s equipment and operators are pressed into service.

“When it is reasonable and safe to do so, vehicles that must be moved should be relocated to an area in proximity to its original location,” the policy says. “When it is not possible or safe to relocate the vehicle in close proximity the vehicle shall be towed to an approved storage compound.”




Source: Waterloo Region Record

December 2, 2008 at 12:57 pm Leave a comment

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