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HIP Developments and partners donated 5,000 N95 masks to the Cambridge Memorial Hospital

We all have a responsibility to contribute to changing the rate of COVID-19’s spread. Focusing on the fundamentals, HIP Developments donated 5,000 N95 masks to the Cambridge Memorial Hospital this week. Given their name because of their capability to filter 95% of airborne particles, these masks save lives, and are critical garments for those on the frontlines, whose service and sacrifice we can’t express enough thanks for.

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Yep - we’re launching a Food & Beverage business in the midst of this... Let’s be confident about our future! It remains bright. That’s right. The launch of our new Craft Brewery, Foundry Brewing and Hardwater Brewing, is planned for Friday and Saturday of this long weekend. Join us from 3-9pm on both Friday May 15th or Saturday May 16th to GET A FREE SIX PACK!! Free booze for May 24 weekend... you now have something to do! We have also installed the world’s best drive through for your touch-less FREE SIX PACK. Oh yeah... just wait until you see it. We don’t do anything half ass in The Gaslight District Come join us. Must be in a vehicle. Must be 19 or older. You’ll be glad you did. Entry across the street from 26 Glebe Street, Cambridge, ON.

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Happy we can help out and make life a little easier for the frontline workers and their families. After very long and important days the last thing they need to do is grocery shopping and meal preparation. Hopefully this support helps them find some down time with their families in between the amazing work they are doing caring for those in need. If you know a local hero - nominate them and we’ll make sure their fridge is full with easy reheat meals and beverages. Nominations can be sent by email to christina@theeventfirm.ca You can add a donation at checkout to help keep this program going. For more information about the Tapestry Hall Feeding the Frontline Program, go to: www.tapestryhall.ca

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If you’re like me the kitchen is working full steam these days! Oh the dishes...... Our team at Tapestry Hall has launched Tapestry Hall Delivers to help out. Drew and his culinary team have a large, clean, brand new commercial kitchen they are putting to good use to help the community and keep the team together & employed during difficult time in the event business.

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Tapestry Hall's heat-and-eat delivery service

Tapestry Hall's heat-and-eat meal delivery service

Our community shouldn’t be losing sleep over fear of failing to put food on the table for their families, but this is a reality in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s why we are launching a Food & Beverage Delivery program at Tapestry Hall: a chef-prepared, low-cost, healthy food and beverage delivery service, created to assist families, single parents, seniors, and anyone else struggling with safe grocery accessibility. The initiative is complete with easy online ordering and free, no-contact delivery. We offer large portions that can be easily reheated, a smarter and more economical solution than the common expensive, single-serve delivery options currently available. Beer and wine are also available for delivery, at prices the same as the Beer Store and the LCBO. To give back to the community, donation options to the Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank and the Food Bank of Waterloo Region are available directly on our ordering platform. To top it off, we are donating 1,500 Big Life Journals for free to those who order kid-related menu items! This journal, valued at $20, is an asset to at-home activities and growth, assisting young people in the Creative Capital of Canada.

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We just opened an event space and business called Tapestry Hall in The Gaslight District, Cambridge. As you can imagine, times are tough in the event business! Here’s how our great team responded: Events cancelled or postponed, food ordered. Instead of being negative and doubtful of the future, our team is stable and looking at what they can do to make a difference. They donated our food inventory to the Waterloo Region Food Bank.

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CIRCA 1877 NOW LEASING

HIP Developments' sold out CIRCA 1877 is now leasing!

Move-in dates are starting as early as June 2020, but rental applicants are being accepted now! Circa 1877 features extravagant amenities and beautiful architecture. Fusing historical elements from the former Brick Brewery with modern elements, Circa 1877 will live in the centre of Uptown Waterloo. The building sold out in two days, faster than any other condo development in Kitchener’s history.

'Let’s try to make sure nobody goes hungry this year': Cambridge and North Dumfries go all in on food bank donations

This season, the food bank and its partners will help put food on the table for more than 1,600 individuals and families across Cambridge and North Dumfries, as well as assist 20 other community organizations, said food bank executive director Cameron Dearlove. Many local companies helped kick off the Stuff-a-Bus campaign as HIP Developments presented a cheque for $2,500; local Tim Hortons stores donated $5,000; and $4,000 was given by BITtelligent Software.

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Celebrating Female Filmmakers

2019 ZONTA Film Festival

Lumen is an annual festival by Create Waterloo that features the work of artists as they explore the interplay of light, art, and technology.

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HIP Developments hasn’t just made civic pride their priority, but in fact leveraged it into a winning strategy.

Under the leadership of HIP Developments President Scott Higgins, this developer sees giving back to the community not just as an obligation, but as a rewarding act that provides value to the entire city. That’s because this developer views sustainable success as a result of contributing to both the social and economic growth of their communities.

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The cleanup of a contaminated property on a former Canada Post site in the uptown core will proceed with the city's blessing.

Proposed uptown Waterloo redevelopment gets city support for site cleanup

The cleanup of a contaminated property on a former Canada Post site in the uptown core will proceed with the city's blessing.

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Galt's Gaslight District Breaks Ground

The Gaslight District in Galt is finally underway. The HIP Developments celebrated the beginning of this project in a unique ground breaking ceremony.

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'All of the drawings show the Bradford Street view, which is lovely. The view from my house is a five-storey parking garage,' says Eccles Street resident

Parking garage, site design questioned as part of $200M Bradford Street project

Waterloo-based HIP Developments is looking to build a mixed-use development with three residential towers, including two 20-storey structures and another that is 10 storeys. It also includes a five-storey parking structure.

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HIP Developments has plans for two 20-storey buildings and 10-storey structure at downtown site; Project would include 600 residential units.

Council and public to get closer look at plans for Barrie Central site

HIP Developments has plans for two 20-storey buildings and 10-storey structure at downtown site; Project would include 600 residential units.

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A Groundbreaking to Remember!

By the end of the night, Phase 2 sales reached nearly 80% sold and eclipsed $42 Million! It was another statement of the confidence in the Gaslight District and Downtown Galt.

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HIP Developments Ready to Deliver on Cambridge Gaslight District

Typical ground breaking ceremonies involve helmets, gold shovels, and dirt, so what do you do when your project sits on bedrock and there is no dirt in sight? If you are HIP Developments you figuratively “blast some rock,” which is what happened on September 27 for the launch of the next phase of the Gaslight District development on Grand Avenue.

The interplay of light, art, and technology.

2019 Lumen Festival

Lumen is an annual festival by Create Waterloo that features the work of artists as they explore the interplay of light, art, and technology.

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Cambridge's Gaslight District Launches Next Phase

HIP Developments is promising “a groundbreaking like no other” this Friday, Sept. 27, as it begins work on the next phase of the Gaslight District. The free event, which runs from 6 to 10 p.m., features pyrotechnics, lighting, food trucks and music by the Phil Naro band to celebrate the start of construction on the two 20-storey condominium towers that are part of a mega project investing more than $120 million in the Galt core area. “This is not your conventional approach for a project groundbreaking ceremony … but at the Gaslight District we don’t do anything the ordinary way,” said Scott Higgins, president of HIP Developments.

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One of our goals for the Gaslight Condos project was to demonstrate how urban condo living didn’t have to mean sacrificing the beauty of your traditional yard. We worked closely with The Planning Partnership to help us accomplish this. Imagine your own private terrace garden and park. 

Downtown Galt is a thriving community with historic charm. A resurgence of new business in the downtown core has sparked investment, visitors and residents at levels that haven’t been seen for decades.

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Reinventing The District

One of our goals for the Gaslight Condos project was to demonstrate how urban condo living didn’t have to mean sacrificing the beauty of your traditional yard. We worked closely with The Planning Partnership to help us accomplish this. Imagine your own private terrace garden and park.

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Cambridge life is unique within Ontario. It shapes the way some of us live. At HIP Developments, it has shaped the way we dream. 

Downtown Galt is a thriving community with with historic charm. A resurgence of new business in the downtown core has sparked investment, visitors and residents at levels that haven’t been seen for decades.

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Unique Within Ontario

Cambridge life is unique within Ontario. It shapes the way some of us live. At HIP Developments, it has shaped the way we dream.

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‘Creative Capital of Canada’ Planting Flags Across Waterloo Region

In conjunction with local BIAs, hundreds of street light banners and marketing materials placed in the uptown and downtown cores are all about celebrating the region’s past, present and future, as the Creative Capital of Canada — an idea sparked by a discussion between community stakeholders a couple years ago, says Scott Higgins, president of HIP Developments.

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Downtown Galt is a thriving community with historic charm. A resurgence of new business in the downtown core has sparked investment, visitors and residents at levels that haven’t been seen for decades.

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A Bold Vision

Downtown Galt is a thriving community with historic charm. A resurgence of new business in the downtown core has sparked investment, visitors and residents at levels that haven’t been seen for decades.

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Construction begins at last on Galt condo towers

HIP Developments has started construction on the first of two 20-storey condominium towers in the Gaslight District located in Galt, a community in Cambridge.

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What's going on here? The Gaslight District

HIP Developments has announced it is about to move ahead with the first of two 20-storey residential towers as part of the multi-million-dollar Gaslight District in west Galt.

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Construction finally begins on Cambridge’s $100M Gaslight District project

HIP Developments' $100 million redevelopment project will include two 20-storey residential towers, commercial space, a large cobblestone public square, and an event hall with capacity for 600 people.

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Scott Higgins President at HIP Developments Inc. Full Interview at Grand Innovations

As a seasoned professional in the financial industry, Scott Higgins knew he needed to be his own boss to make a true impact. He now leads one of the Region of Waterloo's most promising real estate development firms - HIP Developments.

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Preston High School churning out 10(1) Notebook Project in Cambridge

Started in 2014, the project, spearheaded by Phidon Pens in downtown Galt and supported in this endeavour by HIP Developments Inc., encourages participants to go old school for four months, with a pen and paper, to fill up their notebooks with drawings, writing or sketches.

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Open Streets presented by HIP Developments is back on the street!

Join us on Willis Way for a great line-up of artists, activities, demos, and performances on June 22nd, 2019.

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Donated art incubation spaces coming to Uptown Waterloo in support of local artistic talent, reinforcing the creative spirit of the region

Art Incubate is a tangible artist support program that will include studios and galleries at 52 and 56 Regina Street North in Uptown Waterloo. The two properties have been donated by HIP Developments for a two year period.

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Heritage committee endorses 'Gaslight District' project

The city’s heritage advisory committee has accepted a series of recommendations which would allow HIP Developments to tear down part of Southworks Outlet Mall to allow development of the proposed "Gaslight District" redevelopment project.

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Developers have a responsibility for social change, not just pocket change

Two buildings that were going to either sit vacant or be used by small businesses will now be a one-of-a-kind creative hub in uptown Waterloo.

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Council updated on Fisher Auditorium progress, nearby demolition

Kidd's Creek realignment project expected to be completed by the spring of 2020, from Eccles to Bradford.

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A new lease on life: Artists find home in vacant uptown properties

Two houses owned by HIP Developments were sitting vacant. Scott Higgins, President of HIP Developments, wanted to put them to good use.

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'A project like this can bring that area alive again'

Mayor says he was hearing 'very positive reviews' at the meeting regarding proposal for Barrie Central site.

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Developer provides first look at plans for Barrie Central site

HIP Developments' proposed 10- to 20-storey buildings at 34-50 Bradford St.

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Real estate developer donates 2 Waterloo houses to support local artists

Residential real estate developer HIP Developments has donated two properties in Uptown Waterloo to provide studio space for both emerging and established artists.

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HIP ready to unveil first look at Barrie Central redevelopment

HIP Developments will propose three residential buildings, ranging between 10 and 20 storeys in height. If approved, 600 units would be constructed.

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HIP DEVELOPMENTS: BUILDING MORE THAN REAL ESTATE

Ever since first hearing about Scott and his company, HIP Developments, a handful of years ago. From my dad. At my parents’ house in Kitchener’s Old Westmount neighbourhood. Indeed, it seemed as though each time I’d drive in for a visit from my place in Guelph to my childhood home, my pops would have a stack of articles he’d saved from the Waterloo Region Record, or Exchange Magazine, waiting for me. And more often than not, they’d contain reports on HIP’s latest project. Or Scott’s vision for the region. Neatly cut out with scissors. The most interesting bits beautifully highlighted in orange or pink.

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ANALYSIS: Why Barrie’s Dunlop Street corridor may look quite different soon

HIP Developments wants to build a "collection of modern bayside rental residences" on its portion of the former Barrie Central land.

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Cambridge developers working to make Galt thrive again

More people, investment, river focus and less truck traffic, are keys to success.

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My Point of View

Let’s all remember to find time in our busy lives to give back and invest in those that are coming behind us. Their creative minds are the greatest resource we have for future prosperity as a Region. Celebrate with them!

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The Dreaming and Work Begin

The former Tiger Brand property is now home to Grand Innovations, an innovation centre that supports the development of advanced manufacturing enterprises, Conestoga College’s Applied Research and Technology Hub and the City of Cambridge’s Economic Development Department.

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Gaslight Square Comes to life with help from our friends.

We have always loved the interactive art found on the streets of Montreal - especially the illuminated musical swings. It is known around the world and bring smiles to everyone’s faces. We’ve decided to bring that level of world class excitement to Gaslight Square. HIP is working with Daily Tous Les Jours, the Montreal based interaction design studio responsible for the swings and so much more. Daily will be creating a permanent outdoor experience at Gaslight Square designed to help us connect with, and be part of, the stories in our Grand River. We can’t imagine, and can’t wait, to see what they’ll do. To hold you over, have a look at “Hello Trees” created for Houston Texas. Photography by Morris Malakoff

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Deal with HIP makes new downtown YMCA 'real'

The new YMCA facility will bring between 1,200 and 1,500 people to downtown Barrie daily, says CEO

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Grand plans for incubation centre in former Cambridge factory

The city's business community recently got a sneak peek at the new Grand Innovations Centre being built as part of the Gaslight District in the Galt core.

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Uptown Waterloo skyline about to get a facelift

A new mixed-purpose condo development has been approved by Waterloo city council and is set to break ground in 2020 at the corner of King Street and Bridgeport Street, with a second building located on Regina Street in Uptown Waterloo.

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Full STEAM Ahead

Launch Day

The Future will be built by our children. That’s why we’re building a facility to engage kids in science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM), at our Strata development. It's called LAUNCH and recently we held LAUNCH DAY, an event where kids hung out and worked with local STEAM professionals. The future is looking brighter.

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Energizing the downtown core

Day in the District

Serena Ryder and Steven Page shine a bright light on Galt and the future of the Gaslight District

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Waterloo Busker Carnival celebrates 30 years

Join HIP Developments president Scott Higgins to give away 15 guitars and 15 ukuleles.

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Science centre part of proposed Waterloo condo development

HIP Developments seeking approval for 46-metre-tall condo towers in uptown Waterloo.

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HIP Developments to devote five floors of building project to LAUNCH Waterloo

As part of its vision to support the future growth of Waterloo Region’s creative culture, HIP Developments will devote five floors of its latest development project in Uptown Waterloo to growing and celebrating creative culture in Waterloo Region.

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Waterloo Region In The Making

Scott Higgins, President of Hip Developments Inc. expands on the ROI of “getting a little bit crazy” at Waterloo Region In The Making. Scott leads his team to be bold, think big and take action focused on building creativity and culture, a guiding principle of their construction projects.

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Shared spaces, amenities part of new approach to condo development

At the company's planned Strata project at King Street and Bridgeport Road in Waterloo, HIP wants to devote its lower floors to a facility called LAUNCH, a public and educational space focused on the creative use of science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM).

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Proposed uptown development to help promote STEAM

HIP Developments is proposing a revolutionary arena for youth involved in science, technology, engineering, arts and design and math (STEAM) to hone their skills at a young age.

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Proposed uptown development to help promote STEAM

40,000 square feet of STEAM programming for youth will sit below 300-unit condo development at King Street and Bridgeport Road.

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Condos announced for former factory, mill in Cambridge

Big changes are coming to an old industrial property in Hespeler Village that has been shuttered for nearly a decade.

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Places to Live: Waterloo

The emerging condo lifestyle in Uptown Waterloo shows no signs of slowing down. Hip Developments’ Circa 1877, a 19-storey, 188-unit condominium building in the former Brick Brewing Company building sold out within just 48 hours last fall.

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Sold out in 2 Days!

“I expected a good response, but our sales and marketing team had to start cancelling appointments with potential buyers the afternoon we launched our VIP Event. That’s how quickly the units sold".

- Scott Higgins, HIP Developments President

CIRCA 1877 is the first high-rise condo in Waterloo to sell out in just 2 days

HIP Developments sold out their new condo, CIRCA 1877, in less than two days! This is the first high-rise condo in the region to sell out this quickly, proving that the demand for condo living in Waterloo is higher than ever.

Scott Higgins Sees Unprecedented Purchasing Patterns

HIP Developments President, Scott Higgins, touches on his advocacy of merging both Uptown Waterloo and Downtown Kitchener cores.

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2017 was a big year for HIP Developments in Cambridge

Year in Review: Company seeks to quash Gaslight District appeal at Ontario Municipal Board.

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Waterloo high-rise condo sells out within 2 days

Circa 1877 project sold out faster than any other condo development in Waterloo Region history.

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Special events company will be big part of Gaslight District

Carolina Soares and her company have some big plans for HIP Development’s new Gaslight District project on Grand Avenue.

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Cambridge councillors approve Gaslight District proposal

The urban village is being created by HIP Developments and will include two residential towers of 17 and 18 floors each, as well as space for offices, restaurants, retail and artists.

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Gaslight project’s tall towers won’t impact Cambridge’s heritage, report says

Two tall towers planned as part of the Gaslight District project won't have a negative impact on the site's heritage value, according to a heritage impact assessment report.

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Residential development planned for former Barrie Central site

HIP Developments is planning to build rental residence on the site of the former Barrie Central and Prince of Wales schools.

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Waterloo approves redevelopment at former Brick Brewing site

A mixed-use building has been approved at the former Brick Brewing site at 181 King St. S.

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Cambridge council approves $1 million for new tech hub

The hub will be located in the Gaslight District, which is a project by HIP Developments that includes condominiums, a park, and space for offices, retail and restaurants.

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HIP Developments unveils plans for The Gaslight District in Cambridge!

The buildings built in the 1800s will be redeveloped to become the area’s premier dining, entertainment, and artisan destination. The public square will feature restaurants with patios and cafes, reminiscent of a Parisian district.

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Significant project "Gaslight District" announced as Backbone to ‘Back to the River’ vision

The Gaslight District will reimagine and transform the historic Southworks and Tiger Brand properties into a thriving urban environment that will foster creativity and innovative thinking across multiple disciplines.

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Gaslight District sparks new vision for Cambridge

Mixed-use community to ignite major economic and social impacts in the region.

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‘Gaslight District’ aims to shine in west Galt

Development may be Cambridge’s largest.

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Harmony Lunch to live on, grill on

New owners will re-open 86-year-old diner.

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There’s a whole lot happening in Hespeler

Redevelopment, new farmers’ market, fashion history museum and more.

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Two residential developments to revitalize former American Standard property in Cambridge

The City of Cambridge and HIP Developments of Waterloo announced details for construction of The Standard and the conversion of a historic mill building into the Riverbank Lofts.

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New developments announced in Hespeler Village

The City of Cambridge and HIP Developments officially announced project details of the former American Standard property along the Speed River in Hespeler Village.

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Hespeler mill development takes a step forward

HIP Developments Inc. is now taking the lead on the much-lauded redevelopment of Jacob Hespeler’s former mills on the banks of the Speed River.

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Guelph students can ‘inflict some fun’ on Solstice 1

The large building is easy to spot from the roadway. It's exterior boldly expresses the University of Guelph's colour scheme of red, gold, black and white in a boxy pattern, as if it were made of giant Lego pieces.

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HIP begins construction on Solstice 2 in Guelph’s south end

It didn't take long for HIP Developments to clear the land and get started on its second student housing complex in Guelph.

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Brick site developer also doing big project near Belmont Village

A Waterloo-based real estate development company is undertaking projects worth a total of $180 million in uptown Waterloo and the Belmont Village area of Kitchener.

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