More than 500 people packed Queen Street Saturday (Aug. 12) for the grand opening leasing event for Riverview, the new 10-storey apartment building nearing completion in the heart of Hespeler.

Aug 4, 2017

He’s heard all the questions and even seen the faces pressed against the front glass trying to sneak a peek at what’s going on inside during the renovations of the historic Harmony Lunch.

When’s it going to reopen, and will it be the same?

Nick Benninger wants to reassure everyone he’s doing his best to preserve everything from the ambience to the famous pork sliders covered in fried onions that still have regulars salivating over memories of the greasy spoon that closed its doors last October.

Aug 4, 2017

Waterloo's iconic Harmony Lunch re-opened over the weekend, and the new owner says he hopes the changes he's made will appeal to new clients and not ruffle the feathers of the diner's loyal customer base. At least not too much. 

Among the changes: a garage-door style front entrance for open-air eating on nice days, renovated bathrooms, a liquor licence and extended hours to 2 a.m. from Thursday through Saturday, which means Harmony Lunch will also be open for late-night snacking. 

Aug 4, 2017

Everyone waiting in line for Harmony Lunch’s grand reopening had a story about first dates and family dinners spent at the uptown diner. But it was Tim Woolner’s tale that took the greasy pork burger.

The Waterloo native had made the six-hour drive from Little Falls, N.Y., so as to not miss out on the occasion.

The Gaslight District and Creative Intersections is the feature topic on 570 News on Friday July 07 at the 11:30Am time slot of the Mike Farwell Show.

Listen to the discussion here: TOPIC: Creative Intersection at Gaslight District GUEST: Scott Higgins, President, HIP Developments

CAMBRIDGE — Hip Developments has earmarked $2 million for a creative installation at its Gaslight District project in Cambridge.

"We wanted to make sure it had enough funding to do something truly amazing," Scott Higgins, president of Hip, said Wednesday.

This will be the first "creative intersection" in the region under an initiative led by the Prosperity Council of Waterloo Region.

The Creative Intersections Strategy is focused on erecting permanent installations at key intersections in public spaces across the region.

Jul 6, 2017

WATERLOO, ONTARIO, July 5, 2017 - The competition for talent that can live, work and play anywhere in the world is fierce, and the Prosperity Council of Waterloo Region is taking a bold step toward addressing this challenge as stewards of the Creative Intersections Strategy.

The deal by HIP Developments to buy the Southworks Outlet Mall is done and the work now begins on one of the largest redevelopment projects in Cambridge in recent years.

“The deal closed June 30 and all of the existing tenants have moved out and the mall is now closed,” said HIP Development’s president Scott Higgins, Tuesday (July 4).

Some of the Southworks’ tenants have found new homes in the Galt core area according to Higgins.

“Which is really good for everyone. I know Southworks Antiques has found space at 73 Water St. in Cambridge Place,” he said.

Jun 14, 2017

Despite some remaining concerns about building height and impact on heritage in the area, city council has formally endorsed plans for the “Gaslight District” development proposal.

“This is a transformational project for the city,” said Coun. Pam Wolf, whose ward includes the former Southworks foundry lands in west Galt where the project is planned. “The best way to preserve heritage buildings is to reuse and repurpose them.”

Plans for the Gaslight District redevelopment project on the Southworks Outlet Mall lands cleared a major hurdle this week, receiving a number of approvals from city council.

They include official plan (OP) amendments related to building heights and setbacks, zoning changes and authorization to demolish parts of one of the buildings and sections of another.