Special Report: Light Rail

This is What Transit-Oriented Development Can Look Like

A new development highlights the potential of LRT to transform Hamilton.

By Jason Leach
Published April 15, 2016

Check out this planned development:

Planned development
Planned development

Is this some cool new project in Hong Kong or Singapore?

Nope, it's going to be built along the light rail transit corridor in Kitchener.

Aerial view
Aerial view

The project includes three towers: 30 storeys, 21 storeys and 15 storeys. It will have 815 units in total, with 544,000 square feet of residential space, 90,000 square feet of retail space and 78,000 square feet of office space.

Jason Leach was born and raised in the Hammer and currently lives downtown with his wife and children. You can follow him on twitter.

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By KevinLove (registered) | Posted April 15, 2016 at 08:26:55

Kitchener: The ambitious city.

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By highasageorgiapine (registered) | Posted April 15, 2016 at 09:43:51

some preliminary drawings and plans are not necessarily indicative of a finished product. also, condo towers are not necessarily solving the problems we have in canadian cities: a lack of reasonable urban housing options for families. this will suit the tech crowd that's now there fine i suppose

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By NortheastWind (registered) | Posted April 15, 2016 at 10:00:11

Maybe Vranich will build something like this in Hamilton. But of course with his beloved pre-cast concrete slabs instead of glass.

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By const worker (anonymous) | Posted April 15, 2016 at 10:37:27

You do know that glass towers are almost exclusively made with pre cast slabs

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By NortheastWind (registered) | Posted April 15, 2016 at 11:28:19 in reply to Comment 117690

I said precast "concrete" slabs, like the building going up at 220 Cannon St East. It is ugly, IMO.

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By const worker (anonymous) | Posted April 15, 2016 at 11:43:28

Almost all buildings are made with precast concrete slabs no matter what the exterior designs are, glass brick panels or any combination Thats how they are built. You obviously meant prefab exterior panels not precast concrete slabs

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By Haveacow (registered) | Posted April 15, 2016 at 16:15:39

Its a standard third story downward looking view, a pretty development picture. The point being is that, how many more are coming after this one? If my spies are right and they usually are, there maybe quite a few more developments coming "down the railroad" towards the both downtown Kitchener & downtown Waterloo. Will see how these developments change both area's over time, however, it is looking good for them isn't it.

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By JasonL (registered) | Posted April 15, 2016 at 19:28:13

Meanwhile in Hamilton, a 9 storey building going to the OMB. Yes, not 90 stories. NINE. Right across the street from a pile of 9-14 storey buildings and right next to an 8 storey building, no less.

Amazing level of NIMBYism in this town

http://www.hamiltonnews.com/news-story/6...

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