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City issues Request for Information for 305-323 Rideau St

November 13, 2014 -

The City has issued a Request for Information  (RFI) seeking submissions from individuals or corporations to purchase 305-323 Rideau St. to stabilize, restore and repurpose the property.  The former Bailey Broom Factory is located at the corner of Rideau Street and Cataraqui Street, northwest of the beautifully-restored Woolen Mill and Douglas Fluhrer Park – the main waterfront park in Kingston's gentrifying Inner Harbour neighbourhood. 

"The public has already shown its love for this site – and we are seeking proponents who appreciate that. This RFI is to prequalify respondents to create a shortlist to participate in the next stage of this process," says Peter Huigenbos, Manager, Real Estate & Land Development. 

He notes that 305-323 Rideau St. is a 0.69 acre site, strategically located a 15-minute walk from downtown Kingston.

The office section of the building was designed by William Newlands and Son.  William Newlands also designed Newlands Pavilion in Macdonald Park and the Kingston and Pembroke Railway station that now functions as the Visitor Information Centre.

The RFI, issued yesterday on Biddingo, asks interested parties to provide submissions containing:

  • Experience completing similar projects
  • Financial capacity and stability
  • Proposed restoration and use

Parties interested in obtaining a copy of the RFI document can either download it at www.biddingo.com/kingston or send an email to rfi_rideau_st@cityofkingston.ca

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