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Help decide fate of Rockway Centre at public open house

By Heather Abrey
Kitchener Post staff

The fate of the Rockway Centre will be discussed with the public on Feb. 11, with eight potential future uses to be presented.

A presentation and discussion will be held at Rockway Centre, located at 1405 King St. E., from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. City staff will have eight future use options available, with artist renderings of four.

Registration is required to attend the presentation. To register, call 519-741-2507.

From 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. there will be an open house. Residents can drop in to view the plans without registering. Feedback forms will be available for those who wish to give input on the options.

In October 2012, Heritage Kitchener recommended that Rockway Gardens and the Rockway Centre be given a heritage designation.

City council decided to defer the decision, pending a study of potential future uses for the community centre.

The study was expected to be complete by December 2012, but more options have been presented than was expected, pushing back the completion date and causing council to defer the issue once again.

Council is expected to receive the completed report on May 27.

“We’re not satisfied with the delay we’ve put before council at this point,” said deputy CAO Michael May when councillors asked for assurance that the study would be complete in time for the matter to come before council on that date.

“We really should not have any further delays beyond the May 27th date,” said Mayor Carl Zehr.

“I think it’s time we dealt with this matter.”

As part of the final public consultation, city staff will be holding the open house and will continue to solicit public comment through the months of February and March by visiting areas like community centres, pools and the Kitchener Market.

For more information, visit kitchener.ca/en/livinginkitchener/RockwayFeasibilityStudy.asp or call 519-741-2687.

habrey@kitchenerpost.ca

This article was corrected from a previous version.

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