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3.4.1

Implement the multimodal transportation hub at Victoria and King Streets.

greenstatusFinal update (September 2014)
The King/Victoria Transit Hub (“the Transit Hub”) has been proposed as a central feature in the development of an integrated inter- and intra-city transportation system in Waterloo Region. The Region of Waterloo’s property acquisitions for the Transit Hub are complete, as are the Environmental Assessments for the King/Victoria Transit Hub and eventual closure of Waterloo Street. The Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendment applications have been approved and are in effect for the Transit Hub, which include an urban design brief, noise and vibration study, and heritage impact assessment. The Preliminary Site Design and Station Area Access Plan, which provides a common foundation for the ongoing design process of the Transit Hub is also complete, as well as a market scoping and sounding analysis. This analysis indicates there is both a viable market for the proposed development if appropriately staged and reasonable interest from the private sector. Environmental clean-up of the site is on-going and will be finalized through the completion of a risk assessment in 2014 with the eventual remediation occurring in conjunction with construction of the Transit Hub.

Progress Update (September 2013)

The new Region of Waterloo multimodal hub (the Hub) is a proposed central transportation node on the
Regional Rapid Transit (RT) line and a centre of activity in downtown Kitchener. Located as a
prominent property on the north-east quadrant of the intersection of King and Victoria Streets, the
Hub is being developed to simultaneously serve as a focal transportation node in the regional
transportation network as well as an iconic site with high quality, higher density, mixed-use land
development.

Property acquisition is nearly complete. Two buildings on the site have been demolished to date. Environmental work is underway, as are a number of studies to include market scoping, business case, environmental assessments for both the transit infrastructure and the closure of Waterloo Street, planning justification, heritage impact assessment, noise and vibration, and urban design. Applications have been made to the City of Kitchener to amend both the City’s Official Plan and Zoning By-Law to permit a broader range of uses on the site, a higher scale of development, and reduced parking requirements. A Preliminary Site Design and Access Plan is nearing completion and will advise on a number of requirements to ensure all modes are well coordinated, with an emphasis on making cycling and walking a great experience.

Progress Update (January 2013)

Work is continuing on the many studies and initiatives to prepare the King/Victoria Transit Hub site ready for redevelopment over the next few years. The Hub will be a central transportation node on the Regional Rapid Transit (RT) line and serve as an iconic site with high quality, high density, mixed-use land development. It is located on the north-east quadrant of the intersection of King and Victoria Streets.  Property acquisition is nearly complete.  Two buildings on the site have been demolished to date.  Environmental work is underway, as are a number of studies to include market scoping, business case, environmental assessments for both the transit infrastructure and the closure of Waterloo Street, planning justification, heritage impact assessment, noise and vibration, and urban design. 

The Region has submitted a formal application to the City of Kitchener to change its Official Plan and Zoning Bylaw to allow for the full range of land uses we may want to consider at the site.

Progress Indicators

  • Construction of the facility achieved within projected timelines. 
  • Development of a P3 partnership that provides for partial funding of the facility as well as the development of higher density private sector development on a portion of the site.
  • Development of a facility that respects the heritage of the Warehouse District and achieves a high level of urban design.

Related Links

 

greenindicator   Strong progress achieved   2011-2014 Strategic Plan (PDF)
yellowindicator   Moderate progress achieved   2011-2014 Strategic Plan (RTF)
redindicator   Progress needed   2011-2014 Strategic Plan (Flash)