This summer enjoy a variety of fun programs at MCCC! Watch for more information in our Summer Programs List.
Funs, Sports, and Adventure
Summer camps are brought to you by the Mill-Courtland Neighbourhood Association.
As I write this blurb, the City is still working hard, with the Region, to get all the debris caused by the windstorm on May 21st cleaned up. It will take another few weeks to complete the task. In the meantime please be careful if you see any hanging branches.
Across the City, residents will be celebrating Neighbours’ Day on June 17-18. Watch for porch parties and neighbourhood mingling. If it is a nice day I will be biking around the Ward to take in some of the events. I hope to see you at one of my stops.
There are two proposed developments in the Mill Courtland catchment area that you may want to read up on. One is at 95 Cedar St. S. It is a proposed 24 unit stacked townhouse development with a parking ratio of 0.54 spaces per unit. There was an information event on March 29th and we can expect it to come to the Planning and Strategic Initiatives committee meeting later this year.
The other proposal is at 45-53 Courtland Ave. It is at a very early stage of the process. The developer recently met with residents in the immediate neighbourhood and is proposing a 5-storey condominium building. As information becomes available it will be posted on the following website: https://bit.ly/3KzkgTv
The next Love My Hood matching grant application is due on August 18th . There is still plenty of time to refine that proposal and submit your application. Be creative!
Contact me with your ideas or concerns at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 226-752-7104. I welcome the opportunity to assist the residents of my ward.
The following excerpts were originally published in Ward 9 Councilor Debbie Chapman’s regular newsletter. To subscribe to her newsletter, visit www.debbiechapman.ca. On May 27th the City announced its partnership with Conestoga College. The College plans to build a New School of Creative Industries downtown. The program will expand to include the following programs: Illustration, Digital Product Design, Game-Art, AI in Design, Visual Design, Special Effects, VR Merchandising, Motion Graphics and e-sport. Although the project is at a very early stage, it will be great to welcome more young people to downtown in the future. This new program will complement the already existing creative industries found downtown like 44 Gaukel St, the Registry Theatre, the Conrad Centre and the Centre in the Square.
I brought a motion forward at the May 9th council meeting titled "Build it Right the First Time" calling on the Provincial Government to include energy performance tiers and timelines for increasing minimum energy performance standards. This would include adopting a more ambitious energy performance tier of the draft National Model Building Code. It passed unanimously. The wording of the motion can be found here: https://bit.ly/38n3o5a In case you missed it, the Record's editorial on May 4th, titled "Kitchener Must Rethink its Downtown Growth Plans", highlighted some of my concerns with the direction we are taking with new development downtown. The editorial can be found here: https://bit.ly/3FNGRek
Neighbours Day/Night | There will be activities across the City on June 17th and 18th to mark Neighbours Day and Night. I hope you will join me. Details can be found here: https://bit.ly/3LYSci
Love My Hood Matching Grant | Please be reminded that the next application deadline for LoveMyHood Matching Grants is August 18th. There is still plenty of time to refine your innovative ideas. City staff will help guide you through the process from beginning to end. For the application link and details visit: https://bit.ly/3J2r8YI
The most recent Love My Hood project in the Ward is the installation of the All Children Matter Crosswalk at Water St and Jubilee. You may have noticed the orange ribbons on the lampposts. You will also notice orange footsteps on the trail leading up to the final installation of the crosswalk. In the Cedar Hill area there is also an approved grant to paint hydro poles on St. George St. Stay tuned!
DTK Newsletter | To receive the DTK Newsletter, click here https://bit.ly/3y9vED6 and subscribe. It is a great resource!
Book Free Space | Please be reminded that if you would like to book a gym or room for FREE at a local community centre, you can find the application form here: https://bit.ly/3Ceoxt6
Development | Here are some developments in Ward 9 that are under review:
84-108 Queen Street S. - 1-3 Charles St. W , 44 storeys, 566 units, 259 one-bedroom units, 308 two-bedroom units, 175 parking spaces
368-382 Ottawa St. S. - 99-115 Pattandon Ave, 8 storeys, 152 units, 152 parking spaces
22-26 Charles St. S., 44 storeys, 455 units, 141 parking spaces
130-142 Victoria St. S., 25 storeys, 249 units, 4 retail units on ground floor
The 146-162 Victoria St. S., 92-110 Park St. development proposal will be coming to the Planning and Strategic Initiatives meeting in June. Here is a brief overview of what is being proposed: 3 towers - 26, 36 and 38 storeys, 1,150 units, 1,770 m of commercial space, 667 parking spaces. If you would like to sign-up as a delegation the instructions can be found here: https://bit.ly/3t2yHcQ. I am happy to answer any questions you may have about these developments.
Stay healthy and I hope to see you around. I'm here and happy to hear from you if you have any questions or concerns.
Neighbourhood Spotlight: Kimia Eslah
Fauzia Mazhar (right) interviews Kimia Eslah (left) at Waterloo Public Library, 2022.
What a blessing to have such a courageous neighbour as Kimia Eslah sharing her talents with us through her writing! Kimia Eslah takes the neighbourhood spotlight as she has recently published her SECOND book! Kimia is an inspiration for future writers, and we are so proud to know her. Feel free to contact us here at the centre or come by to sign out one of her books from our ‘Little Free Diverse Library’. Kimia is also our webpage designer and supports our community with donations and time to our many programs like the After School Snack Shack and Food Hut. Her volunteerism is heartfelt by many, especially our youth, as she makes herself relatable and approachable to all.
Thank you Kimia.
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