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Background:

The Davis Tannery Lands are a brownfield site of approximately 37 acres, along the shore of the Great Cataraqui River, on the northern edge of Kingston's downtown area.

The City regards the Davis Tannery Lands as strategically important to redevelopment of the entire Inner Harbour neighbourhood, and on December 4, 2012, City Council agreed to undertake a preliminary planning exercise to examine redevelopment scenarios for the property, within the context of the Inner Harbour neighbourhood.

In May 2013, the City held a workshop with stakeholders and the public.  The outcome was the creation of a vision and goals for future development of the Davis Tannery Lands. The results of these sessions can be found in the report prepared by MHBC: Consultant Report - Redevelopment Vision

Several studies were also commissioned by the City  for the Davis Tannery property and the executive summaries are available in the Related Documents section.

The Davis Tannery Lands were purchased through a failed tax sale process in 2006 from the City of Kingston, remain undeveloped and are currently owned by 1684183 Ontario Inc.


Current status:

Davis Tannery property eligible for CIP assistance

The City no longer has an ownership interest in the former Davis Tannery property, but remains committed to supporting private developers seeking to remediate and redevelop this brownfield site. 

The former Davis Tannery property is strategically important to the redevelopment of the North King's Town neighbourhood and the Inner Harbour waterfront and the property remains eligible to apply for tax assistance through the City's Brownfield Community Improvement Program.

The City's Community Improvement Plan (CIP) for Brownfields provides a framework for the remediation and development of brownfield sites within a defined area ("Project Area") that includes the Davis Tannery Lands and financial assistance may be available for the redevelopment of the former Tannery property. 

The City has many technical studies that describe the environmental, archeological and servicing aspects of the property.  For information on the property and for assistance in contacting the current owners please contact Nathan Richard, brownfields project manager at 613-546-4291 ext. 1325 or nrichard@cityofkingston.ca