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Open House on Block 4 Development Options

March 18, 2013 -

An upcoming open house kicks-off a series of public information sessions as the City considers options for what development of  Block 4 should include.  That's the block bordered by The Tragically Hip Way and Ontario, Queen and King Streets in the area of downtown known as the North Block. The options being considered are based on this lot's various opportunities and constraints.

An open house is set for Thursday, March 28 at Memorial Hall, City Hall, 216 Ontario St. The public can choose from two times that day: 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.  At each time, there will be a short presentation by the City followed by an opportunity to chat with City staff and consultants on specific topics, including: traffic and parking implications, brownfield development, heritage buildings and building design.  Additional information will be available online ahead of the open house at www.CityofKingston.ca/projects.

"This work builds on North Block public workshops the City held in 2009. Now we are focusing on Block 4 and are at the exciting stage of envisioning specific possibilities for this brownfield site.  We would like to hear what the most important considerations are according to the community," says Cynthia Beach, Commissioner of Sustainability and Growth. 

Beach says the public, neighbours and key stakeholders will be encouraged to be engaged at every stage in this process –  just as they were during the 2009 development of the North Block Community and Business Enhancement Opportunities document which outlines the City's strategy for the North Block (available at www.CityofKingston.ca/projects).

At this initial open house – two more are set for different stages in this process – City staff and other experts will be on hand to review and discuss opportunities as well as constraints facing this area, and Block 4 in particular.

The comments received during this open house will be incorporated into a presentation to Council, along with three potential development scenarios for Block 4.

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 (cell 613-329-3462). Or call the City of Kingston's media hotline at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.

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