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Council Moving Forward On North Block Development

In a marathon meeting last night Kingston City Council decided to move forward with development plans for Block 4 of the city's downtown North Block.

"Last night's meeting was the first step in a series of things that has to happen to get the North Block ready for development," said Mayor Mark Gerretsen. "We've outlined some of the things we would like to see on the site and I am looking forward to the information that comes back so as a Council we can make the best decision for our community moving forward."

At a high level, Council decided:

  • The site is open to a full range of uses in the zoning permitted on Block 4.
  • The City will consider proposals within a range of 6 to 18 storeys. This will still go through all of the normal planning and statutory approval processes.
  • The City would consider proposals for reduced parking requirements related to the new development, as long as proper justification is provided and reasonable traffic demand management measures are included in the proposal.
  • Council agreed with the on-site public parking requirement of 40 spaces.
  • The City will include the heritage buildings in the sale of Block 4 and the developer would be responsible for the restoration.
  • The City will consider all manner of value propositions, monetary consideration for the land, maximizing provision of public good items and maintaining a "break even" scenario, or proposals requiring a public funding component.
  • On the conference centre possibility, Council passed a motion allowing proponents to include a conference facility component that might require alternate funding, but that a more detailed cost/benefit analysis would be necessary.

"We've established some key parameters to ensure the future development on the North Block property generates the highest possible value to the community," said Councillor Brian Paterson. "We're looking at including a lot of exciting features for this development, like top quality architectural design, park space, convention centre facilities, new residential development and restoration and rejuvenation of heritage buildings on the property. This property will be a signature part of Kingston's waterfront and downtown for years to come."

This is the first phase in the North Block work plan to get the Block 4 site ready for development proposals. The next steps are that Council will be provided with more detailed information on how the Request for Proposals (RFP) might be structured, how the evaluation criteria would be set, and the design criteria – including sustainable design features – that will be included in the RFP.

In order to develop these elements, some additional ground work will be carried out such as preparation for obtaining the necessary statutory approvals and the cost/benefit analysis for the conference facility component.

More information on Block 4 and the North Block can be found at:


For more information contact:
Mayor Mark Gerretsen
613-546-4291 ext. 1405