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19 storey development planned for former Brick site in Uptown Waterloo

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The City of Waterloo is pushing ahead with a new development in the uptown core.

Monday night, council passed a motion to redevelop the former Brick Brewery site at 181 King Street South.

Council and the developer agreed on a 19 storey mixed use building that would preserve several elements of the building’s heritage.

As part of the agreement the yellow brick front and side exterior will be maintained, also elements of the interior will preserved.

Waterloo Mayor Dave Jaworsky says this project will help bridge the old with the new,

“What we want to do is create a new site that honours the original Brick Brewing site but really sets us up for the future, and that’s what developer has done the with the new building, 19 storeys and they really want to do some novel things with the building, and I think the community will really rally around it and appreciate it.”

Not everyone is thrilled about the development, in a letter to city staff one resident pointed out many potential issues with the project.

The letter says the building would “permanently damage” the street scape in uptown, not improve it as the city hopes.

The letter also says the tall building would cast shadows on neighbours and create a wind tunnel.

In the end, council did shrink the size of building from a potential of 25 storeys to 19 and significantly cut back on the amount of parking space the developers asked for.

The building will hold 188 condos and over 500 square meters of commercial space.