Meet Charlie West, Downtown Kitchener’s newest condo development

KITCHENER: Earlier today, Momentum Developments, in partnership with the Zehr Group, announced Charlie West, a new high-rise condo development in Downtown Kitchener. Located at the intersection of Charles St. and Gaukel St., the development is across the street from Victoria Park and a few short blocks from the Innovation District and the influx of development currently changing the face of the downtown core.

“We’re really excited to have such a central location for Charlie West,” says Brian Prudham, Principal at Momentum Developments. “Being directly on the ION route and close to so many local amenities will make Charlie West ideal for anyone looking for a walkable neighbourhood for both work and play.”

The development, at more than twenty storeys, will overlook both Victoria Park and the increasingly vibrant scene along King St., which features an eclectic mix of dining, live music, theatre, museums and shopping.

Located in front of the future Victoria Park stop on the ION LRT route, Charlie West will join a number of restoration and redevelopment projects that are modernizing the local streetscape.

“Charlie West’s bold, modern design is the perfect addition to Kitchener’s skyline,” says Zac Zehr, Manager of Development for Zehr Group. “Victoria Park is near and dear to the hearts of Kitchener residents, and Charlie West will add a clean, modern street presence for everyone using ION transit, not only residents.”

Detailed plans for Charlie West, including pricing and suite availability, will be made public once they have been finalized. More information about Charlie West can be found at charliewest.ca.

Six-acre site in Midtown Kitchener assembled for transformative SIXO development

KITCHENER: Earlier today, ZehrGroup completed the acquisition of 641 King Street West. The procurement completes the six-acre site assembled by the group for a massive mix-used development in Downtown Kitchener’s Innovation District. Preliminary plans for the development, called SIXO Midtown, include three condominium towers, a purpose-built apartment, as well as office and retail space, which could include a much-needed grocery store.

“This is a significant step forward for the project,” says ZehrGroup CEO, Don Zehr. “The purchase of 641 King allows us to fully realize our vision for SIXO and all that it brings to the Innovation District.”

Ideally located across the street from Google’s new Canadian development office, SIXO initial planning provides for close to 1 million square feet of new residential and commercial buildings. ZehrGroup plans to unveil the design of the SIXO community to the public in March 2017.

According to ZehrGroup, SIXO will be a major step forward in the development of the growing Midtown between Downtown Kitchener and Uptown Waterloo. This area is gaining a reputation for its growing concentration of technology companies and condominium living. SIXO will be at the centre of the rapid development that is taking place in Midtown, near the corner of King and Victoria. This positions SIXO at the threshold of downtown and steps from the future Transit Hub, connecting the Region’s current and future transit options, including the new ION light rail transit, Grand River Transit, expanded GO train and bus, VIA Rail, Greyhound, Coach Canada and CarShare,

Plans for SIXO align with the City of Kitchener’s vision for the Innovation District and surrounding area. In addition to providing high-rise condo living and modern office space, SIXO will also provide essential services for residents and the growing number of tech employees in the area.

“We want to create an urban village,” says Zehr. “We want SIXO to be a people friendly place – a thriving community within a community, where people can live, work and play, offering desirable retail and office spaces that benefit both businesses and the residents of Kitchener.

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.

About Zehr Group

Zehr Group has redeveloped numerous properties in Waterloo Region and across the country. They contributed to the reshaping of Kitchener’s downtown core and helped turn the Innovation District into an active and attractive technology sector. Zehr Group specializes in creating clean, contemporary spaces that respect the history of the property and its surroundings. They also pride themselves on balancing aesthetics and function, incorporating green technology wherever possible, working within budget, and meeting project deadlines. Their dedication has helped them achieve industry awards, including GVCA’s Building Excellence “Game Changer” award, and many features in local newspapers and magazines.

For more information about SIXO, please contact:

Zac Zehr, Manager of Development
Zehr Group of Companies
Office: 519-576-2233 x226
Mobile: 519-465-0094

Zehr Group gets green light to restore Kaufman family home

KITCHENER: Before the grand home at 621 King Street West was the Ratz Bechtel funeral home, it was the stately private residence of one of Kitchener’s leading industrialists. Today, Kitchener City Council approved a recommendation by the Heritage Committee to accept a proposal by Zehr Group that involves restoring the original Kaufman home to its elegant state, as it existed when it was the home of Jacob and Mary Ratz Kaufman. The restoration project includes removing the recent structures that surround the 119-year-old home.

“Our goal is to uncover a historic gem,” says Zehr Group CEO, Don Zehr. “The Kaufman home is an absolute jewel, and we want to restore it to its original glory.”

Zehr Group will be working with the City’s Cultural Heritage Planning Department to develop a conservation strategy to preserve the 19th century character of the Kaufman home, which was built in 1897. Architecturally, the building is considered to be a rare local example of Gothic Victorian style and features a tooled, red sandstone exterior that was an unusual and expensive building material. The Kaufman home features some of the most ornate stone and woodwork in the Region, as well as original fireplaces and the built-in desk where Jacob Kaufman kept an eye on his business interests.

Zehr Group plans to restore the Kaufman home to its original state as a showpiece for the success of Jacob Kaufman. Kaufman not only established a very successful plaining mill and lumber industry, but he was also one of three men responsible for the rubber industry in Berlin-Kitchener. He played a leadership role in the Berlin Rubber Company and the Merchants Rubber Company before establishing his own Kaufman Rubber Co. Kaufman and his wife, Mary, were also prominent philanthropists, providing generous financial support and active community leadership.

The timing of the approval to restore the Kaufman home coincides with the 100th anniversary of the City’s name change. When Kaufman founded his rubber company, Kitchener was known across Canada as “Busy Berlin” and its manufacturing activities were gaining international attention. A hundred years later, Kitchener is gaining international attention once again, this time for its tech start-ups. The Kaufman home, perched on the edge of the Innovation District, is a testament to the success and prosperity of an “Industrial Wizard” who made his fortune by establishing one of the area’s original startups.

The restoration of the Kaufman home is part of a much larger proposal by Zehr Group to construct a massive mixed-use development on the property that incorporates the historic building. The five-acre site for the development, which is across the street from Google’s new Canadian development office and the Breithaupt Block, offers enough space to accommodate over 875,000 square feet of new residential and commercial buildings. Tentative plans for the development, called SIXO, include three condominium towers, a purpose-built apartment, as well as office and retail space, which could include a much-needed grocery store.

According to Zehr Group, SIXO will be a significant step forward for the Innovation District and growing Midtown that is evolving between Downtown Kitchener and Uptown Waterloo. This area is becoming a thriving mecca for high-tech companies and high-rise condominium living.

“We want to create an urban village,” say Zehr. “We want SIXO to be a people friendly place –
a thriving community within a community, where people can live, work and play, offering desirable retail and office spaces that benefit both businesses and the residents of Kitchener.”

Detailed plans for SIXO will be made public once they have been finalized, which is imminent.

About Zehr Group

Zehr Group has redeveloped numerous properties in Waterloo Region and across the country. They contributed to the reshaping of Kitchener’s downtown core and helped turn the Innovation District into an active and attractive technology sector. Zehr Group specializes in creating clean, contemporary spaces that respect the history of the property and its surroundings. They also pride themselves on balancing aesthetics and function, incorporating green technology wherever possible, working within budget, and meeting project deadlines. Their dedication has helped them achieve industry awards, including GVCA’s Building Excellence ‘Game Changer’ award, and many features in local newspapers and magazines.

For more information about SIXO or the Kaufman home restoration, please contact:

Zac Zehr, Manager of Development
Zehr Group of Companies
Office: 519-576-2233 x226
Mobile: 519-465-0094

Zehr Group buys former Ratz-Bechtel property to expand major redevelopment site in Kitchener’s core

KITCHENER (Jan 4, 2016) – A group led by the Zehr Group has purchased the historic Ratz-Bechtel property in Kitchener creating a large, five-acre redevelopment site at the heart of the city’s fast-growing transit and technology hubs, the company announced today.

“We’re very excited about the potential for this entire site and it will certainly attract broad interest,” said Don Zehr, CEO of Zehr Group. “It will play a key role in the ongoing transformation of Kitchener’s downtown core, right next to the light transit rail line, the region’s new multi-modal hub and other major tech companies in the area.”

The property at 621 King Street West will add almost two acres to the three acres already owned by the Zehr Group at 607 King Street West. The combined 5.11acres could accommodate over 875,000 square feet of development opportunity.

The site will extend Kitchener’s core rejuvenation – located diagonally opposite the Region of Waterloo’s future Multi-Modal Transit Hub, the Breithaupt Block (where Google and other key technology companies are based), and along the future light rail transit line.

Zehr Group will be working closely with the City of Kitchener as it starts formulating plans for the site.

Well-known for revitalization projects across Kitchener-Waterloo, Zehr Group expects to finalize its development team soon that will assist in creating the vision for these properties.

Historic funeral home Ratz-Bechtel closed its doors just prior to Christmas. The 118-year-old building is listed on the city’s heritage registry, which means some of its 19th-century character will be preserved. First constructed as a private home in 1897, the Victorian-style mansion reflected the success of Kitchener businessman Jacob Kaufman.

“We’re very respectful of the history of properties we develop and expect this will be a key focus of plans as we move ahead with the project,” added Zehr.

Prior to the acquisition of 621 King, Zehr Group had begun planning for the redevelopment of 607 King, which had development potential of 550,000 square feet of retail, office, and residential suites.

Locally, Zehr Group is well-known for working on high profile projects, including Belmont Village, The Tannery, Breithaupt Block, Red Condo and Northfield Station. Northfield Station is a project in Waterloo directly next to future light rail transit platform. This site includes adaptive reuse of a 14,900 square foot industrial building and new construction of a three-storey, 66,000-square-foot Class A office building.

Northfield Station has attracted a strong tenancy mix including Cineplex Digital Solutions, MNP LLP, FedDev Ontario and HollisWealth. The site is currently 92% leased.

About Zehr Group

In addition to working with clients, Zehr Group has redeveloped numerous properties on its own and with Joint Venture partners. We have contributed to the reshaping of Kitchener’s downtown core and Innovation District into an active and attractive technology sector. Although based in the Waterloo Region, Zehr Group has undertaken projects across Canada.

We specialize in creating and managing clean, contemporary spaces which respect the history of the property and its surroundings. We pride ourselves on balancing aesthetics and function, incorporating green technology wherever possible, working within budget, and meeting project deadlines. Our dedication has helped us achieve industry awards including GVCA’s Building Excellence ‘Game Changer’ award, and many features in local newspapers and magazines.

More information can be found at their website: www.zehrgroup.ca

Media contacts:

Zehr Group
CEO Don Zehr
519.576.2233 x224
dzehr@zehrgroup.ca

Three new projects completed by Zehr Levesque

Zehr Levesque is pleased to announce to completion of three more projects!

See the links for information on Hollis Wealth, Waterloo Kia, and Star Performance Academy.

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Vidyard Interior Renovation Complete

The interior office renovation for Vidyard is now complete! See the link for photos of this unique office space.

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Redevelopment has started at 607 King Street West!

The first phase of redevelopment has started at 607 King Street West in Kitchener, with the demolition of the former Tim Horton’s building. Removing this building will allow for a new entrance to the property from King Street. This new entrance will meet up with the future King Street grades required for the LRT.

Tim Hortons - Demo progress

Tim Hortons Demo - Jul 13-15

Breithaupt Block – Building One Update

Take a look at the progress of Breithaupt Block – Building One. The glazing on the 4th floor is well underway, showcasing the dramatic angles of the glass. Stay tuned for more updates as the building progress continues!

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Demolition has started at 844 Courtland!

Demolition has officially begun at 844 Courtland. Stay tuned for more updates as this office building is renovated.844 Courtland Demo

Zehr Levesque secures Waterloo Kia!

Zehr Levesque is proud to announce that we have secured the Kia Motors Dealership project at Northfield and Colby Drive in Waterloo. We are looking forward to this exciting renovation project!