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Open House offers look at Draft District Plan for Old Sydenham Heritage Area

June 17, 2014 -

The City is holding an open house to allow residents to review and respond to the Draft District Plan for the Old Sydenham Heritage Conservation District.  This initiative, recommended in the City's Official Plan, will guide all heritage approvals in the area and may affect certain building and planning approvals within the proposed district.

The open house is set for Tuesday, June 24 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Wilson Room of the Central Branch of the Kingston Frontenac Public Library, 130 Johnson St.  A formal presentation will take place at 7 p.m. The Draft District Plan will be posted for online input at www.CityofKingston.ca/getinvolved following the meeting.

"Kingston has a wealth of heritage assets in this lovely and historically-significant area and this Plan will help guide its preservation for posterity," says Shirley Bailey, Manager, Heritage & Urban Design.  She notes that the Draft District Plan reflects input from a public consultation held last fall.

The wedge-shaped area under consideration is generally bordered by Barrie Street, Johnson Street and King Street/Lake Ontario and is home to notable properties, including: McIntosh Castle, the Frontenac County Courthouse and the Martello Tower, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Draft District Plan will help secure the designation of the area as a Heritage Conservation District under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act.

Own a heritage property?  Ask questions of Heritage Planners and Building Staff during an online discussion of Heritage Conservation at noon on Wednesday, June 18 at www.CityofKingston.ca/getinvolved

Interested in this part of Kingston?  Try a free Historic Walking Tour: www.CityofKingston.ca/walkingtours

Plan to get there by bus: www.CityofKingston.ca/tripplanner

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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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