The City of Kitchener is looking for input from residents on its proposed vision for the Bramm Yards in downtown Kitchener. This feedback will be used to develop a master plan that will shape the transformation of these lands into a future urban business park. 

The Bramm Yards is currently a parking lot in Downtown Kitchener. At eight acres in size, it is the largest parcel of land owned by the City of Kitchener that can be used to support hundreds of future jobs. Situated in Downtown Kitchener’s Innovation District, these lands would be expected to accommodate a higher density of uses than a traditional business park. It could also accommodate a mix of uses, including new housing, restaurants, shops and services, and community amenities and public spaces.   

“With its size, and location in the heart of Kitchener’s innovation district, the Bramm Yards present a unique opportunity for our community to lead a transformative development,” said Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic. “We want residents and businesses to help us shape a bold and innovative future for these lands.”

The City of Kitchener is looking for input from residents on a draft vision statement and a set of development principles which would guide future development. Residents and businesses can provide input through an online survey and an upcoming open house. The community’s input will be used in the creation of a master plan for the Bramm Yards, and the City of Kitchener will then determine the best approach to realize the community’s vision. This development approach could include roles for the city, joint-partnerships or selling the land to a private developer. It is anticipated that the development of the Bramm Yards could take many years.

“We only get to redevelop lands once,” says Cory Bluhm, Executive Director of Economic Development. “It’s critical that we understand our community’s ambition to ensure we maximize the opportunity.”  

A proposed focus for the Bramm Yards is to support the predicted growth of employment and business focused on health innovation. The Bramm Yards is ideally situated to attract and support health innovation businesses, given its proximity to the University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy, the future University of Waterloo Health Innovation Arena, the University of Waterloo Velocity Incubator, the McMaster University DeGroote School of Medicine, Communitech, and Google.

To learn more about the redevelopment of the Bramm Yards and to give your feedback on the proposed vision for the site, visit the City's Engage Kitchener page at The survey closes on Tuesday, Oct. 31.

There will also be an open house at the Victoria Park Pavilion from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 11. Drop by any time to learn more about the project and share your feedback. Subscribe for updates on our Engage page, including a summary report of the feedback received and the final report to council.


For more information

Shawn Falcao
Manager, Corporate Communications
City of Kitchener