Tag Archive | Tannery District

Could the future of the Tannery be as a true district for people?

Could the future of the Tannery be as a true district for people?

The Tannery is an amazing project. It’s an amazing building. Every time I step inside it seems to be more amazing than the time before. The Tannery deserves all of the awards that it has been given for adaptive reuse of a part of our industrial past. My most recent tour was just this week. […]

Let’s make temporary parking lots temporary

Let’s make temporary parking lots temporary

We learned our lesson For many years, a gravel parking lot dominated the block bordered by Weber St. E., Frederick St., Duke St. E and Scott Street. When they started building the new provincial courthouse, the downtown finally lost that eyesore. Never again said city council and it passed council policy I-995 limiting a property’s use […]

Central transit hub: An exciting development (with a tinge of disappointment)

Updated Nov. 26 Today’s Record featured a good article showing the positive reaction to the news about the central transit hub. It provides some more details about what the project might include and clarifies that it’s early in the process. Read it here. The Record also published an editorial endorsing assembling the land to be […]

The imminent demolition of the Tannery “District”

Sad but expected news today. According to the Waterloo Region Record, the smaller Tannery buildings on the second half of the “District” are to be demolished. There’s not much new that can be said about this situation so I’ll try to keep it brief. What follows are my tweets when I read the news: Mayor Zehr: […]

My Diamond & Coal Awards – July 27

These awards come out of some recent experiences,  conversations and reflections that I have had. Diamond Award Winner – Renovated Building at King & College A long time eyesore, this building turned an important corner when it was renovated to be the new home of the downtown Shoppers Drugmart. But that was just the start […]

The Tannery District is dead. Long live the Tannery District?

Last Monday proved to be a turning point in the debate over the future of the Tannery District’s smaller buildings. Even thought there was no vote at a City Council committee meeting, the arguments to preserve the four buildings for heritage reasons were effectively laid to rest. I understand it was obvious that neither City […]

What needs to happen next for the Tannery to be a true District

There were more meetings with Cadan yesterday. On the upside, we’re still talking. On the downside, there have been no breakthroughs. Parking continues to cloud the bigger issues of heritage and how the second half of the Tannery could influence downtown revitalization and our area’s economic development. Unfortunately, Cadan is so focused on the short […]