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Public invited to see draft development guidelines for Block 4

October 30, 2013 -

A draft of the Design Guidelines for developing Block 4 of the North Block will be presented at an Open House on Tuesday, Nov. 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and, again, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Memorial Hall, City Hall, 216 Ontario St.

The Draft Design Guidelines are also available for online comment at www.CityofKingston.ca/northblock.

"The City wants to see this land be developed for the productive use and enjoyment of Kingstonians. This site is superbly located near the waterfront and it's right downtown. We want to see the site enhanced. The draft guidelines reflect the public input to date, and this Open House offers us another opportunity to check in with Kingstonians," says Cynthia Beach, Commissioner of Corporate and Strategic Initiatives. 

Creating the Design Guidelines is one of several steps now underway to support development of the site through a Request for Proposal process.

The draft Design Guidelines incorporate Council and public input, along with findings from the traffic impact study and the heritage preservation guidelines as well as other previous planning studies done for the North Block District. The Guidelines address aspects such as acceptable building uses, building heights, open space, parking requirements, pedestrian orientated streetscape and interface with heritage buildings.

Once finalized, the Design Guidelines will be provided to potential developers to guide the design of their proposals to develop the land bordered by Ontario Street, Queen Street, King Street and The Tragically Hip Way. In addition to creating the Guidelines, the City has recently declared this City-owned lot and the heritage designated buildings at 19 to 23 Queen Street surplus. Rather than the City paying to rehabilitate the buildings, they will be incorporated into the redevelopment of the site by a private investor. The City has also completed the Heritage Preservation Guidelines, which clearly outline the City's expectations regarding the preservation and integration of these heritage buildings. It has also been confirmed by the Province that this particular site has no other archaeological interest.

Previously home to Kingston Transit's garage and Kingston Police Station, Block 4 is a brownfield site and so is eligible for certain tax rebates through the Community Improvement Plan for Brownfields. The hydro substation at the corner of King and Queen Streets must remain where it is to continue to service the area.

For more information on Block 4 and the North Block, please see www.CityofKingston.ca/northblock.

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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