Bounded by Victoria, Charles, Frances and Joseph streets and across the street from The University of Waterloo, Health Sciences Centre, “The Tannery” will be a vibrant community where diverse users can share space and ideas.
The Tannery will be a key “convergence centre” in Kitchener where creativity and business will flourish – a place that will help companies recruit and retain a new generation of employees, and a place that caters to people beyond the nine-to-five.
New tenants from the technology, digital media, and life sciences industries will interact with existing artisans, graphic designers, photographers, in the 350,000 sq. ft. complex that is now being redeveloped – space that has real character, with open floor plans, exposed brick and beam and a host of modern amenities.
The Tannery’s central courtyard will be a venue for special events and festivals, where a passerby can enjoy a cappuccino at the outdoor cafe or a music lover can catch a jazz concert. Renovations have already begun.
A new entrance lobby will be built off Victoria Street. Walkways will bring pedestrians into the development, which will also feature a gallery celebrating the building’s industrial heritage. Additional parking will be added for retail users at Charles and Victoria Streets.
The project is being developed by Cadan, a Toronto-based developer whose focus is on conversion projects that have a positive social, economic and aesthetic impact. Sensitive to the unique heritage and history of the projects they work on, Cadan’s aim is to renovate, revitalize and reuse.