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City solicits developer interest in Davis Tannery brownfield

October 15, 2013 -

The City is issuing a Request for Information (RFI) from developers interested in the 37 acre brownfield, once home to the Davis Tannery.

"This property is just north of downtown Kingston, on the Cataraqui River – a beautiful section of the UNESCO World Heritage-designated Rideau Canal. Its status as a brownfield means that there are special incentives available to developers," says Carola Bomfim Lima, Manager of Project Development. She notes that the site, off the end of River Street, is eligible for financial assistance through the Community Improvement Plan for Brownfields.

The City regards the former Davis Tannery Lands as strategically important to broader redevelopment of the Inner Harbour neighbourhood. Last December, the City committed to a preliminary planning exercise to examine redevelopment scenarios for the property.

This spring, City staff held a workshop with stakeholders and the public to generate a vision and goals for future development of the Davis Tannery Lands. Previously owned by the City, but now owned by 1684183 Ontario Inc., the City is now exercising an option to repurchase the lands and the issuance of the RFI initiates a two-stage process to select a third party purchaser/developer for this key site. Those who respond to the RFI and qualify may be put on a short list to receive a Request for Proposal – the second stage of this process.

Both the RFI and the vision for the Davis Tannery Lands can be viewed at www.CityofKingston.ca/city-hall/projects-construction/davis-tannery.

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Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, Communications Officer 613-546-4291, ext. 3116. Or call the City of Kingston's media hotline at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.

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