Charles Street Terminal Redevelopment

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This project supports the Region of Waterloo's strategic focus area(s):

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Welcome to the Charles Street Terminal Redevelopment project page. We are excited to start engaging with the community about the future use of this site.

Public engagement is slated to start the week of November 15, 2021. Make sure you subscribe to this page to receive the latest updates on engagement timelines.

Background

On November 5, 2019, the Planning and Works Committee authorized Regional staff to initiate the development of a strategy for the future use of 15 Charles St in Kitchener, property which is owned by the Region and the City of Kitchener.

Consulting with the community on the best future use(s) of the Charles Street Terminal site, in coordination with the City of Kitchener, presents an opportunity to advance current planning and affordable housing priorities in support of a thriving economy. This strategy also presents opportunity to support existing businesses and attract new employment, investments, and talent to the Region.

Charles Street Terminal is currently a COVID-19 testing centre for Grand River Hospital and will continue to serve the community this way until December 31, 2021 and potentially beyond that date.

This project supports the Region of Waterloo's strategic focus area(s):

Strategic plan icons

Welcome to the Charles Street Terminal Redevelopment project page. We are excited to start engaging with the community about the future use of this site.

Public engagement is slated to start the week of November 15, 2021. Make sure you subscribe to this page to receive the latest updates on engagement timelines.

Background

On November 5, 2019, the Planning and Works Committee authorized Regional staff to initiate the development of a strategy for the future use of 15 Charles St in Kitchener, property which is owned by the Region and the City of Kitchener.

Consulting with the community on the best future use(s) of the Charles Street Terminal site, in coordination with the City of Kitchener, presents an opportunity to advance current planning and affordable housing priorities in support of a thriving economy. This strategy also presents opportunity to support existing businesses and attract new employment, investments, and talent to the Region.

Charles Street Terminal is currently a COVID-19 testing centre for Grand River Hospital and will continue to serve the community this way until December 31, 2021 and potentially beyond that date.

  • Second survey now closed

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    Thank you to everyone who participated in our second survey – either online or in person throughout downtown Kitchener. The survey is now closed, and we are beginning analysis on the feedback we collected.


    In the coming weeks, we will be recruiting for members of the community to join the engagement working group for this project.


    Technical studies on the property have been initiated, with preliminary environmental and geotechnical soil sampling completed last week. This work will continue into 2023.


    Subscribe to this page to keep to up-to-date.

  • Second round of engagement kicks-off August 5, 2022

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    The Region of Waterloo and City of Kitchener are working towards a vision for a mixed-use development on the former Charles Street Terminal site, in the heart of downtown Kitchener. Starting Friday, August 5 our Charles Street Engagement Team will be out actively seeking input from the community.

    The engagement team can be identified by their blue “Ask me about the Charles Street Terminal Visioning Project” t-shirts.

    The team will be in and around downtown Kitchener from August 3 through to mid-September collecting input and ideas on the future vision for the site.

    Look for team members at downtown ION light rail transit stops, the Kitchener market, central library branch, local farmers and artists markets, and summer events happening along Gaukel Street and in Victoria Park.

    Feedback can be provided:

    • In person to a member of our street team
    • Online through the survey tab on this page
    • By phone at 519-575-4400
  • Project Updates

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    On behalf the planning teams at the Region of Waterloo and the City of Kitchener, we would like to extend sincere thanks for your response to our initial survey on the future of the Charles Street Terminal site.

    We are grateful to have received significant interest in this project and are still working through the data and responses you submitted. We intend for the findings of this survey to inform the next stage of engagement, which we expect to share in the coming weeks. An update on, and invitation for, the next phase will be posted to Engage.

    Thank you again for your participation in this process and we look forward to continuing this work with you.

Page last updated: 19 Sep 2022, 01:49 PM