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City wins Canadian Brownfields Network Award

November 22, 2018 –

The City of Kingston's failed tax sale brownfields program has won ‘best overall project' at the 2018 Brownie Awards gala presented by the Canadian Brownfields Network (CBN) in a tie with the ‘ERASE CIP 2018' program out of Hamilton.

The awards, presented at the CBN's annual ceremony in Toronto on Wednesday, Nov. 21, recognize excellence in the remediation and development of brownfield sites across Canada.

Failed tax sale properties are those that have been abandoned by their owners due to factors such as environmental contamination and building disrepair. These properties become unfeasible to clean up or redevelop and can sit as idle eyesores within the community for decades. The City's failed tax sale program makes small investments in these properties to remove physical building hazards and quantify the degree of contamination present before offering them to interested purchasers through a request for proposals process. Successful proponents can receive title to these properties at relatively low cost in exchange for an agreement to clean-up and redevelop the land into productive use that returns property tax revenues to the City and supports in-fill and neighborhood revitalization.

For more see: www.CityofKingston.ca/brownfields.