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WATERLOO — The buildings that have transformed the old Seagram lands hold a special significance for Sunshine Chen.

The University of Waterloo architecture graduate researched redevelopment options for the site as his fourth-year thesis in 1997.

He proposed a hall for Waterloo’s two universities that would double as a convention hall with think tanks surrounding it.

“Then the city offered me a job to come work on the Seagram lands redevelopment,” Chen said as he stood near the corner of Erb Street and Caroline Street that he’d studied as an undergraduate.

Chen worked for the city on the project until 2002.

On Saturday, he stood...

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