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Recommended vision for former Kingston Penitentiary and Portsmouth Olympic Harbour sites online for public comment

June 2, 2017 -

The recommended vision for the former Kingston Penitentiary and Portsmouth Olympic Harbour (POH) is available online at www.CityofKingston.ca/Portsmouth.

Comments on the vision can be emailed to The Planning Partnership at portsmouthvisioning@planpart.ca until June 15. The public is asked to offer input on elements for the site, including:

  • Continuous public access to and along the water's edge
  • Community space
  • A portion of the old penitentiary – and its walls and guard towers where possible – to be preserved to focus on heritage and tourism
  • Areas for low-, mid- and high-rise residences
  • A new community hub to replace the marina building at POH
  • A facility for search and rescue operations
  • New and reorganized docks for the marina

The feedback will be used for the final recommendations report and in a report to City council, and tentatively set to be presented to council July 11. The recommended vision was developed following a series of consultations in 2016 and was the subject of the design sessions and public open house at the February 2017 workshop facilitated by The Planning Partnership, the consulting team hired by Canada Lands Company and the City of Kingston.  Find out more about the project at www.CityofKingston.ca/Portsmouth.

About the City of Kingston

The City of Kingston provides municipal services to 125,000 residents living in this visually stunning, historic city, often ranked one of the best places to live in Canada. Kingston is focusing on being smart and livable as it pursues its vision to become Canada's most sustainable city. We focus on environmental responsibility, social equity, economic health and cultural vitality –ensuring that today's decisions don't compromise our future.

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