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City seeks input on plans for Rideau Heights

May 21, 2014 -

The City invites Rideau Heights residents to a neighbourhood open house to review plans being developed for  Shannon Park and a new community centre.

The open house is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 28 at Rideau Heights Public School, 77 McCauley St.

"These proposed plans incorporate the feedback gathered from our January 28 public community consultation meeting where Rideau Heights regeneration plans were presented for the lands that include Shannon Park," says Neal Unsworth, Manager, Parks Development.

The construction of a new community centre – to replace the Wally Elmer Youth Centre – and the renewal of Shannon Park, is slated to begin in the spring of 2015.

"The revitalization of the Shannon Park block is the first phase in the regeneration of the Rideau Heights neighbourhood," says John Henderson, Housing Programs Administrator.  "The proposed plan includes the decommissioning of an aging public housing site and converting it to parkland.  The plan also proposes the creation of a new private housing block, which will include the development of a public street looking into the park. The improvements are expected to increase the public quality of the park significantly by creating new street frontages and opening up views into the space.  The new street and private homes will bring people into the space and help address longstanding security concerns which have resulted from limited visibility and access to these lands."

The ongoing Rideau Heights Regeneration Strategy is a neighbourhood renewal planning exercise that seeks to improve the neighbourhood by:

  • adding and improving public amenities – including the new community centre and Shannon Park, now under discussion;
  • adding new market housing to create a sustainable and mixed community
  • integrating public housing units within other areas of the City, as outline within the 10-Year Municipal Housing & Homelessness Plan.

These objectives were developed and confirmed through discussions with residents of the Rideau Heights community.

"Kingston & Frontenac Housing Corporation is excited about the new public park and community centre coming to the neighbourhood. The plan proposes decommissioning one of the public housing properties and we have been working with the residents to ensure the families can be accommodated within the neighbourhood or at another location within our portfolio as well as ensuring that the public housing stock level is maintained city wide," says Mary Lynn Cousins-Brame, CEO, Kingston & Frontenac Housing Corporation.

Residents can also review and offer input on the plans until June 6 by going to www.CityofKingston.ca/getinvolved.

For more information on the Rideau Heights Regeneration project, go to www.CityofKingston.ca/projects

For the 10-Year Municipal Housing & Homelessness Plan, go to www.CityofKingston.ca/city-hall/strategies-studies-plans

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Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, Media Relations Officer, 613-546-4291, ext. 3116. Or call Communications at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.

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