Auburn Developments retained GSP Group to lead a multi-disciplinary team through planning approvals for the former Schneiders site. This 10-hectare site represents one of the largest infill redevelopment opportunities in Kitchener’s inner urban area, strategically positioned to take advantage of its proximity to two stops along Waterloo Region’s new ION light rail system.
Recently branded “The Metz” as a nod to the Schneiders founder, the demolition of the existing meat-packing plant is complete and extensive testing and remediation are underway. The proposed development is expected to accommodate 2,800 new residential units and 700 jobs.
The proposed development will transform the Rockway neighbourhood. It will be a true mixed-use addition to the neighbourhood, including a range of low-, mid- and high-rise housing options, street-fronting retail spaces, and opportunities for a diversity of employment space.
Existing office, garage and warehouse buildings will be repurposed as a technology-based cluster supporting commercial uses.
Public streets will extend onto the site to connect the existing neighbourhood and break up the large site into smaller blocks. A tree-lined public realm will accommodate walking and cycling.
A publicly accessible series of parks and plazas will create animated, vibrant and diverse spaces for residents and workers. Collectively, the development will be tied together with sustainable approaches and green infrastructure for site and building design.
This large-scale mixed-use redevelopment is in keeping with the direction of the City of Kitchener’s recently approved PARTS Rockway Plan (“Planning Around Rapid Transit Stations.”) Planning approvals are required to advance this development given existing official plan and zoning permissions are tied to the site’s industrial past.
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