When will the barrel yards development be completed?

barrel yardsWhen will the barrel yards development be completed?

When can we see floor plans?

When will the sales office open?

Three times in the past three weeks I’ve gotten emails from people interested in UpTown Waterloo’s most exciting development – The Barrel Yards.

I’m excited about this one too. I live in UpTown. This development is happening literally at the end of my street. In the past eight months I’ve witnessed three buildings shoot up floor by floor.

After years of planning, digging and then pouring cement, this project seemingly shifted gears and now it looks like the first buildings will be ready for occupancy sometime soon.

I’m not the only one who has noticed. But where is the sales office? Where are the prices and the floor plans?

After searching online, I sent the following email to Auburn Developments.



I am interested in the Barrel Yards development in Uptown Waterloo.

When will the sales office open? When will floor plans and prices be available?




I received a reply right away.


Good afternoon,

Thank you for expressing your interest in Auburn Developments and our Barrel Yards development in Waterloo, Ontario.  We are excited about the progress we have made in bringing this mixed use development to life.  Currently under construction is the first of two 25 story apartment towers which are slated for completion in early-mid 2014.  These towers feature one and two bedroom units and great amenity areas.  Also under construction is the first of two condominium towers which are scheduled for completion in mid-late 2014.  The one and two bedroom units in this building feature well thought out layouts and capitalize on space. Once both condominiums towers are complete, many amenity areas will be available to the residents . At this time, we do not have marketing packages available for distribution; however, I will place you on our internal mailing list. This will allow you to receive regular updates on this exciting development.

Once completed, the Barrel Yards community will contain two apartment towers, two condominium towers, two office towers, a seniors’ residence, townhomes and a hotel.  We are aiming to have the hotel completed in late early 2014; the remaining phases of the development will be constructed through 2016.

Should you have any specific questions, do not hesitate to contact me via email at jmolenaar@auburndev.com.   Please let me know if you would like to be included in our internal mailing list and which phase of the development you are interested in to ensure that you are kept up to date on our developments. Thank you again for your interest in Auburn Developments Inc.! Have a great day!


The Barrel Yards

The Barrel Yards is a very ambitious project. At a cost of $350 million, it includes condos, apartments, live-work units, townhouses, a hotel, a seniors residence, retail, office space and underground parking for 2400 cars. It’s big, real BIG. It will house more than 360 businesses, including top restaurants, cafes, boutiques and entertainment venues. And it is going to change Waterloo’s uptown, shifting it west along the LRT line, along side the improved and enhanced Waterloo Park, the Recreation Centre.


Further reading

Learn about Uptown Waterloo neighbourhood here.

Learn how the LRT will affect property values here.


Other useful links

Wonderful Waterloo

Auburn Developments


Call to action

You don’t need to hire a realtor to buy from a builder or developer, but you should. It helps level the playing field when negotiating and it doesn’t cost you anything for the expert advice and opinion.

Call or email me with your questions or comments. I’m available to help.


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Edit. Update 03/11/14: Some floor plan information has been released. No pricing yet and nothing on the condos.

Update 05/06/14: The sales office is now open. I dropped in a couple of weeks ago. Seems like the condo project could be years away according to the salespeople on site. From what they told me, I got the impression that the developer may rent the units for a few years and then decide to convert them into condos. That can’t be right.

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