Last week, the Toronto developer (Cadan Inc.) of Kitchener’s Tannery District back-peddled a little bit over its plans to demolish four historic tannery buildings in order to put in more parking. It still plans to demolish the buildings, but now the developer says they want to build a “mixed-use” building. The gravel parking lot will be temporary and the five-level parking garage is no longer the plan.
That’s progress, I guess. But, the historic buildings still have to go, says the Toronto developer.
The developer believes that the public will come around after we see the great work they’ve done so far. The developer says the public will drop its opposition to the destruction of the historic buildings. The developer says they are going to salvage as much of the material as they can to reuse in the main building. The developer says they are going to demolish the historic Lang Tannery Buildings. There will be no debate.
In the past, the city of Kitchener has acknowledged the historic importance of these buildings. To me, it seems now, that our Kitchener counselors are sitting by and waiting for the show.
I wonder if the developer will use dynamite or a wrecking ball.