Kitchener has undergone many transformations over its history — a controversial name change, an economic shift from manufacturing to technology and health science — but the redevelopment of a six acre site along King Street could be the most impactful yet. The Zehr Group recently announced their plan for a massive mix-used development, known as SIXO Midtown, in the heart of Downtown Kitchener’s Innovation District.
Located across the street from Google’s new Canadian engineering headquarters, SIXO Midtown will feature three condominium towers, a purpose-built apartment building, and office and retail space. “We want to create an urban village,” said Zehr Group CEO, Don Zehr. “We want SIXO to be a people friendly place – a thriving community within a community, where people can live, work and play.”
While the design of the SIXO community won’t be made public until March, we do know that the site at 607 King Street West will include the restoration of the Kaufman mansion, a Gothic style Victorian built by one of Kitchener’s leading industrialists in 1897. Zehr Group is working alongside the City’s Cultural Heritage Planning Department to ensure that the character of the 19th century home is preserved.
SIXO Midtown is on the ION Light Rail Transit (LRT) route and steps away from Kitchener’s future Transit Hub, which will connect LRT riders with the new ION light rail transit, Grand River Transit, expanded GO train and bus offerings, VIA Rail, Greyhound, Coach Canada and even a car-share program.
Demolition of the site could begin as early as this spring, and construction of Phase One is slated to begin next year. Detailed plans for SIXO will be made public once they have been finalized.
More information on the SIXO project can be found at sixomidtown.com.