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Notice of intention to pass a bylaw to designate 291-297 Princess St., to be of cultural heritage value and interest

April 28, 2015 -

Pursuant to the provisions of the Ontario Heritage Act (R.S.O. 1990, Chapter 0.18)

Take Notice that the council of The Corporation of the City of Kingston intends to pass a bylaw under section 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act, R.S.O. 1990, Chapter 0.18, to designate the lands at 291-297 Princess St., (part of lot 330, original survey, being parts 1 to 6 on reference plan 13R-12150; subject to and together with FR662268; City of Kingston, County of Frontenac), to be of cultural heritage value and interest.

This property has physical/design value as a substantial row of limestone buildings with excellent masonry work occupying a prominent corner location. The stonework features regular courses of squared stones on the Princess and Clergy street facades, radiating voussoirs over the window and door openings and many original stone sills. The 295-297 Princess Street building has a base course and quoins of smooth ashlar.

The building at 291-293 Princess St. has a medium pitch gable roof while 295-297 Princess St. has a hip roof with a dormer on each of the Princess and Clergy street facades: The roofline of these buildings is unchanged since the 19th century.

The property has associative value through its connection with Robert Carson and his son, Robert James Carson. Robert Carson was a local merchant who established a grocery at his property at 244-246 Princess St. in the 1860's. After his death in 1870, this business was continued and expanded by his son Robert James Carson and other family members. The Carson grocery business continued for many years. Robert James Carson served as mayor of Kingston in 1880.

This property has important contextual value due to its prominent corner location and its contribution to streetscapes along both Princess and Clergy streets. These views include a number of designated commercial properties along Princess Street as well as St. Andrew's Church and Manse on Clergy Street.

Additional information, including a full description of the reasons for designation is available upon request from Ryan Leary, senior heritage planner, planning division, planning, building and licensing services at 613-546-4291, ext. 3233, or at rleary@cityofkingston.ca during regular business hours.

Any notice of objection, setting out the reason for objection and all relevant facts, must be served upon the city clerk within 30 days of the first publication of this notice.

Dated at the City of Kingston
this 28th day of April, 2015

John Bolognone, city clerk
City of Kingston