From the Mayor’s Chair – December 15

Check out the latest version of From the Mayor’s Chair, where I break down the decisions of Council in 3 minutes or less.

Highlights from the December 15 Council meeting include; budget approval for the airport expansion, discussion and deferral of the award of contract for the preliminary design work of the Third Crossing until the next meeting on January 12,  as well as approval of a visioning exercise for important waterfront properties including the Kingston Penitentiary and Portsmouth Olympic Harbour sites.

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A New and Improved Downtown Transfer Point for Kingston Transit

Downtown transfer point - overall view

In order to make transit a more attractive option for getting around the city, we’ve made some big investments over the last few years! Our transit system has experienced significant ridership growth thanks to these investments, including several new express bus routes and improvements to other local bus routes. However, making transit a more attractive option requires more than buses, it requires better transfer points between routes to enhance the overall experience.

The Downtown Transfer Point located at the corner of the Brock and Bagot streets is the main transit facility for the downtown core with more than 600,000 annual transit users and service from 12 routes including all Express routes – making it a key priority for further investment.

This week City Council approved a plan to move forward with a number of improvements to the existing Downtown Transfer Point including accessibility enhancements. This new and improved transfer area will have better sidewalks, more shelters and benches and an overall more attractive and modern look that fits with council’s vision of a smart and livable 21st century city. Here are a couple of pictures to give a sense of what the new downtown transfer point will look like. The work is expected to be completed in 2017.

Downtown transfer point - south to Bagot from PrincessDowntown transfer point - north on Bagot from Brock

These improvements along with our move towards more residential development in the downtown and overall enhanced transit services are vital and well-timed investments for Kingston.

Learn more about the Downtown Transfer Point by visiting the City of Kingston website here 

Kingston Penitentiary Visioning Exercise

Arial view of Kingston Penitentiary site

Today I am very excited to announce a community visioning exercise for Kingston Penitentiary, led by Canada Lands Company in partnership with the City of Kingston, to take place in 2016. This visioning exercise is a critical step towards crafting a new future for the KP property and surrounding properties, including the Portsmouth Olympic Harbour.

I am very pleased the federal government has chosen to partner with the city on this visioning exercise and that our community will have a voice in determining its future. The City of Kingston will work in collaboration with Canada Lands Company, the federal government agency responsible for development and disposal of strategic surplus federal properties, to deliver the community visioning exercise. The visioning process will include the KP property, owned by Correctional Services Canada, the adjacent property and waterlot, owned by Fisheries and Oceans, and the City of Kingston owned lands at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour. By examining all sites together we can establish a single, cohesive plan for this entire segment of Kingston’s waterfront.

This visioning process will give all Kingston residents a voice in what the future of these properties will look like. Although the details of the visioning exercise plan still have to be worked out, the aim is to engage the public in a number of ways using the City’s website, social media and public meetings. We will share the plan as soon as it is developed.

The redevelopment of KP together with Portsmouth Olympic Harbour represents an enormous opportunity to create an incredible tourist destination, to provide access to a beautiful piece of waterfront and to facilitate new development that will bring a refreshed vibrancy to the Portsmouth Village area and to the city as a whole.

As we look forward to 2016, stay tuned for your chance to provide input!

Read the press release here – Visioning Exercise Announced for Important City of Kingston Waterfront Properties Including the Former Kingston Penitentiary

KP front gate

Completing the K&P Trail

This week City Council approved a plan to complete the K&P Trail including a new urban section to connect the existing trail at the north end of the city, near Hwy 401, with the downtown core, at the base of Doug Fluhrer Park. As we continue to create a more livable city, this new section of the K&P Trail will provide a beautiful, natural space within the city for walking, cycling and sightseeing. Here is a map of the planned trail route that extends southeast from Sir John A Macdonald Blvd and south along to the Cataraqui River.

K&P Trail extension feasibility study - Nov. 10 Report

This is a project that has been talked about for many years, and it is truly exciting to see it come to fruition! The trail is scheduled to be completed in time for Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations in 2017.