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.

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    Is the footprint of the Charles Street terminal large enough to contain a new hockey arena/events centre along the lines of the one in London (i.e. 9000-seater)? If not, could Joseph Street be closed (it's not that heavily used anyways) and the footprint be thus extended over to Victoria Park? The Aud is starting to show her age, and it's in a perfect spot for it, right smack downtown and next to an ION stop. I believe that it would bring alot of revenue into the downtown core (especially the hospitality sector) and keep the momentum that we've gained the past couple of years in this neighbourhood up!

    Scott Kush asked about 1 year ago

    Thank you for your feedback. We have made note of your comments.  

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    I am under the impression that a petition was circulated, requesting that the space become a cultural centre for Indigenous people. Am I correct with this info ?

    Molly asked about 1 year ago

    On November 1, 2021 Land Back Camp attended a Regional Council meeting to bring this idea forward. The minutes of the meeting can be found here:  https://calendar.regionofwaterloo.ca/Council/Detail/2021-11-01-1800-2022-Plan-and-Budget-Public-Input-Meeting/e157e418-5383-40cb-83d0-addc01623dcf

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    I agree with Caron and Evelyn, This centrally located property should be used for the good of the community and could be used as temporary housing for homeless people.

    CSC asked about 1 year ago

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    Will the property remain municipally owned? Or is sale of the property for private development being considered as well?

    Philip C asked about 1 year ago

    The Charles Street property is jointly owned by the Region of Waterloo and City of Kitchener. The working assumption behind the public engagement process is that the property will be declared surplus and placed for sale through a RFP process to a third party developer. The inputs received through the public engagement process will help to shape the development requirements for the site that will be included as requirements in the sale of the property.

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    When will Kitchener-Waterloo & the region get serious about providing a permanent home for the homeless people? This seem like a perfect place for them close to the LRT. & Victoria Park.

    Evelyn Crawford asked about 1 year ago

    Thank you for your feedback. We have made note of your comments. Please take the recently launched survey to have your feedback included in the process: https://www.engagewr.ca/embeds/projects/26004/survey-tools/24446

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    Why change a good location , Close to Victoria park, down town, City Hall as a senior this location was excellent. Now a new location will limit me to visit Victoria park and downtown as will many of my senior friends. Upgrade bit do not move the location

    Yvette Eykens asked about 1 year ago

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    With lack of housing in this Community, I would like to see the Downtown Bus Terminal be renamed "We Care About Everyone" This could be used as a holding place for people who have no where to go during this time, and would require constant monitoring by professionals, like psychiatrists, employment specialists, cooks and financial professionals, etc. Beds, one side for men, another for women with their children would be great; possible expanding of the property would be a high necessity.

    Caron Joanne Thomas asked about 1 year ago

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    I would like to be on the committee. How do I go about applying to get on the committee. I am a life time resident of Kitchener. I currently live on Patricia Ave. Most of my life I have lived in the areas surrounding downtown. I am a Realtor and have a strong desire to be part of this project.

    Elleeen9 asked about 1 year ago

    While a formal, public committee will not be created, there will be broad public engagement taken on the redevelopment of this site. In addition to this survey, additional public engagement opportunities are being planned for early 2022. We would welcome your voice at these consultations. Subscribe to this page to keep up to date on upcoming opportunities. 

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    Has an environmental assessment been done in the last 3 years on the ground there?

    Pandora asked about 1 year ago

    An environmental assessment of the site will be conducted in 2022. 

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    In my opinion the best way to use this space would be to improve housing and access to services in downtown. Therefore I think a co-op moderate height residential building for low/moderate income with outside parkette/bbq area for kids and moderate 2-3 bedroom suites.. with 1-2 floors above grade for medical/social services. I think the co-op format would ensure that people that actually need housing are served as opposed to investors.. unit sizes are related to moderate to larger families.. services for 1-2 levels could support indigenous/newcomer and help to provide income to the coop board. partnerships with federal/habitat should be involved.. building height should be moderate less than 15 stories..

    ChristinB asked about 1 year ago

     

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