Empty Mayfair Hotel lot in downtown Kitchener to become retail and office building

The former Mayfair Hotel lot in downtown Kitchener is set to become a five-storey building for retail, office and a rooftop restaurant.
This empty lot in downtown Kitchener will become a new five-storey building for retail, office and a rooftop restaurant, the city says. The lot used to be the site of the Mayfair Hotel. (Kate Bueckert/CBC)

The empty Mayfair Hotel lot in downtown Kitchener will be transformed into a five-storey building for retail, office and a rooftop restaurant space, the city says.

The development will be known as One Young Street. The site plan approval process is underway and will need to be completed before a building permit can be issued. Construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2019 and take about a year.

The ground floor will also include public art features to create an "animated and inviting corner" for pedestrians at King and Young, the city said in a release.

Developer Bernie Nimer said the design team at WalterFedy in Kitchener is taking "a tremendous amount of care, time and effort" when coming up with the design for the building. That includes unique design features.

"The curtain wall glass building will feature Frit glass, which will reflect a permanent image of the historical hotel. It pays respect to the site's history and we hope it will stand as a new marker on this important corner of the downtown," he said.

The lot has sat empty since the summer of 2015 when the Mayfair Hotel was demolished.

The former Mayfair Hotel as it was being demolished in 2015. (Jane van Koeverden/CBC News)


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