Breithaupt Block Phase 3 approved

Council approved the Official Plan and Zone Change requests recommended by staff at the June 25th Council meeting.

Breithaupt office tower moves ahead, despite residents’ objections

In addition, Council approved recommendations regarding resident involvement at the site planning stage regarding the parking garage and the privately owned, publicly accessible parkette (see item E and F below).

There are no timelines assigned to this project and Perimeter Development indicated they do not yet have tenants for this building.

This has been a challenging and intense learning + engagement process for the neighbourhood. However, the neighbourhood has demonstrated, once again, that it is engaged, informed and willing to do the work required to support neighbourhood voices.

In addition to 136 people signing the petition in opposition to the development and 25 – 30 neighbours appearing at the two Council meetings where BB3 was discussed, there were 10+ delegations made by neighbours and countless hours of research, neighbourhood conversations and discussion meetings. Catherine’s estimate 200+ hours is likely a conservative estimate!

It’s been six months of concentrated effort. Many neighbours have become engaged for the first time and others took the brave step of voicing their concerns, in public, in front of City Council for the very first time. It’s an important reminder to “never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead

 

RECOMMENDATION:

A. The Official Plan Amendment Application OP17/005/W/GS for Breithaupt Block Inc., 2184647 Ontario Limited, Frederick Andrew Dobson, Paul Raymond Taylor, Kim Taylor & Daniel Paul Taylor requesting a change in designation from General Industrial Employment and Low Rise Residential to Mixed Use with Specific Policy Area 39 to permit mixed use development on the parcel of land specified and illustrated on Schedule ‘A’ be adopted, in the form shown in the Official Plan Amendment attached to Report DSD-18-055 as Appendix ‘A’, and accordingly forwarded to the Region of Waterloo for approval; AND

B. That Zone Change Application ZC17/014/W/GS for Breithaupt Block Inc., 2184647 Ontario Limited, Frederick Andrew Dobson, Paul Raymond Taylor, Kim Taylor, & Daniel Paul Taylor requesting a change from  Residential Five (R-5) with Special Use Provision 129U & 411U and Industrial Residential Zone (M-1) to High Intensity Mixed Use Corridor (MU-3) with Special Regulation Provisions 716R, 717R, & 718R and Special Use Provisions 465U and 468U on the parcel of land specified and illustrated on Map No. 1, be approved in the form shown in the “Proposed By-law” dated march 7, 2018, attached to Report DSD-18-055 as Appendix “B”; AND

C. That the Urban Design Brief dated February 2018, and attached to Report CSC-18-051 as Appendix “C”, be adopted, and that staff be directed to apply the Urban Design Brief through the Site Plan Approval process; AND

C. That Kitchener City Council declare as surplus to City needs and sell at fair market value to Breithaupt Block Inc. and/or 2184647 Ontario Limited, a portion of the laneway between Moore Avenue and Waterloo Street illustrated on the Map of Proposed Lane Closure, attached to Report CSC 18-051 as Appendix”D”; AND

E. That Planning staff be directed to involved a number of interested residents who reside or own property immediately adjacent to the proposed parking garage, in the review of the building facade treatments (elevation plan review), at the site planning stage; AND FURTHER

F. The Planning staff be directed to involve a number of representatives from the community in the review of the design of the privately owned and maintained publicly accessible parkette (amenity area) plans at the corner of Moore Avenue and Wellington Street North, at the site planning stage.

 

 

 

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3 thoughts on “Breithaupt Block Phase 3 approved

  1. Hello, neighbours!
    I want to congratulate you for your hard work on Breithaupt Block III. I appreciate, too, how articulate you’ve been about the problems with the process.
    In the past year I’ve devoted more hours than I care to think about to block ODC’s ambitious plans for it’s parcel at Roger and Moore streets. As you probably know, ODC was approved despite neighbour objections. We understand building on this land will start in approx. two years, with the build itself stretching three years.
    Let me underscore that: three years of living intimately with inconvenience and intrusion, with sound and vibration.
    Since ODC’s build was approved by council ten days ago, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about how living next to a large development impact our daily lives, our health, and our employment.
    I work from home as a book indexer and mediation/yoga instructor. I can’t imagine who’s going to want to pay me to help them de-stress when I live next to construction undertaken on a massive scale over years; I know, though, it will trespass on the intimacy and privacy that’s often essential to inner work. Book indexers average about five hours a day of work because it demands concentration. I don’t know how I’m going to be able to focus enough to manage the plethora of threads and themes I must sort concurrently to shape an index.
    My partner suffers migraine headaches more than half of the days of a month—that’s often enough that he’s classified as disabled. How will he manage for three years while a town home development takes shape outside our bedroom window?
    I wonder if my tenant will move out because living next door to this development is more disturbance than he can bear. In a market abundantly stocked with one-bedroom apartments, how low will the rent have to be to attract a new tenant?
    I don’t know what my rights are in a situation like this. Is a reasonable next step to gather again, this time to look at ways and resources we might explore to help make this all a little more bearable?

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  2. The delegations couldn’t have done a better job of presenting their concerns to council. While a few councilors engaged with the delegates others slouched in their chairs paying little attention to what was being said, with their minds made up. The challenged is to make every councilor responsive to citizens concerns, even those in wards outside of the downtown core.

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