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Visioning Workshop for Former Davis Tannery Site

May 1, 2013 -

The City invites the public  to participate in an upcoming workshop to consider a vision for developing the former Davis Tannery site. This property, on the Great Cataraqui River about a kilometre north of downtown, consists of approximately 37 acres – including the wetland area beside Belle Park Fairways, a former landfill site.

"This property is strategically important to the development of the Inner Harbour neighbourhood.  This is a beautiful, waterfront area, close to downtown and has tremendous potential," says Cynthia Beach, Commissioner of Sustainability and Growth.  She notes that City Council agreed to a preliminary planning exercise to examine redevelopment scenarios for this property at its December 4, 2012 meeting.

The Visioning Workshop is set for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 9, at Memorial Hall, City Hall, 216 Ontario St.

Some of the potential opportunities for the site include:

  • Increasing the residential and commercial density of the urban core of the City;
  • Enhancing public access to the waterfront of the Cataraqui River;
  • Enhancing use and access through non-automotive, active transportation including public transit and trails;
  • Supporting downtown and neighbourhood vitality through the creation of new residences;
  • Addressing the stigma associated with the former Tannery Lands related to site contamination; and
  • Supporting sustainable land development policies and increased density.

The City encourages everyone to come and contribute to creating a strong Vision for this important piece of Kingston waterfront property. 

Additional information about the Davis Tannery site can also be found at www.CityofKingston.ca/projects

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.