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Open house to offer look at plans to revitalize Rideau Heights

April 20, 2015 -

The community is invited to learn more about the vision for revitalizing the Rideau Heights neighbourhood at an upcoming City of Kingston open house on Wednesday, April 29. It runs from 1 to 3 p.m. and again from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the gymnasium of Rideau Heights Public School at 77 MacCauley St.

"The plan outlines a long-term vision for a number of public housing and parkland properties. It reflects input from area residents and best practices for neighborhood renewal. It's an exciting and comprehensive plan for a large geographic area with a number of public housing units. Implementation is expected to span at least 20 years, so it will be re-evaluated to stay current with housing needs, funding availability, new practices that may develop and other city initiatives," says Sheldon Laidman, director, housing and social services.

Come find out about plans for:

  • the new Rideau Heights Community Centre
  • enhancements to Shannon Park and other recreational spaces
  • redistribution of social housing to other areas of the city;
  • the introduction of mixed-income housing options in the Rideau Heights neighbourhood including market rental and ownership homes;
  • changes to improve access for waste handling and emergency services;
  • improved transportation connections across the community; and
  • improvements to provide new and enhanced sightlines supporting better passive surveillance and safety within neighbourhood parks and housing areas.

Initiated by the City and the Kingston & Frontenac Housing Corporation in 2013, the Rideau Heights Regeneration Strategy is a plan for the social housing properties and municipal parklands within the central area of the Rideau Heights neighborhood aimed at creating a functional and thriving community.

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