Next week is the official launch of the North King’s Town visioning exercise which will create a plan for the redevelopment of Kingston’s Inner Harbour and the Old Industrial Area (see the map below). This visioning exercise is an opportunity for residents to share their input and feedback for the future of a part of the city that connects to our beautiful downtown and waterfront.
Part of this visioning will help settle one of the big community debates over the last few years: the future of the Wellington Street Extension. This debate has centered on whether this new road through the Inner Harbour and Old Industrial Area is really necessary for future development. To help address this question the visioning aims to first looking at what sort of development we want to see in North Kingstown. Then, based on that answer we can decide what sort of road network – either the Wellington Street extension or another alternative – will be required to revitalize the area.
The other key part of this visioning exercise is the inclusion of a market analysis to ensure any ideas for redevelopment that come forward in the visioning process are financially viable. A market analysis will help ensure the final report resulting from the visioning doesn’t sit on a shelf, but rather can be a catalyst to attract real development proposals.
I’m looking forward to the visioning process and to creating an exciting future for this great area of our city!
Here’s how you can get involved;
Public launch: Tuesday, May 24
The project launch for North King’s Town will take place at the Royal Canadian Legion, 734 Montreal St. (across from Belle Park) from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (presentation at 7:00 p.m.)
Visioning workshop: Monday, June 20
An interactive workshop at the Portuguese Cultural Centre, 959 Division St., from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Community visioning exercise: Wednesday, June 22
A community visioning exercise for North King’s Town will be held in Douglas R. Fluhrer Park from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., along with a free public barbeque and concert. This event is co-hosted by the City of Kingston and the Skeleton Park Arts Festival.
Community information booth: Saturday, June 25
The City will have a community information booth about the North King’s Town Secondary Plan in McBurney Park as part of the Skeleton Park Arts Festival from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Open house: Monday, Sept. 19
Details about this event still have to be confirmed. Stay tuned.
Learn more by visiting the City of Kingston website HERE