One of my key priorities as mayor is to advance the Third Crossing, a project that will connect Kingston’s east end and north end with a new 1.2km bridge across the Cataraqui River. City Council approved a plan to make the Third Crossing project ‘shovel-ready’ and staff have been working to develop the preliminary design, a key part of getting the project shovel ready.
It’s very important to me for Kingstonians to have the opportunity to learn more about the Third Crossing project, and have the opportunity to offer input and ideas in the project’s development. Here’s a great video that explains some of the details of how the preliminary design for the bridge is being put together, please give it a watch to learn more.
What really catches my attention in the preliminary design process is our focus on environmental considerations of the bridge and the development of a multi-use pathway for pedestrians and cyclists. After all, the Third Crossing isn’t about facilitating car travel but enabling us to include all modes of active transportation.
To give your input on the preliminary design please fill out this survey that explores other potential features of the bridge.
Thank you for all your thoughts and feedback so far. I look forward to sharing more information with you soon about a public open house in September that will give you a chance to learn more and to ask questions from the staff and engineers working on the project. I look forward to seeing you there!
Rendering of the potential development at 7 Wright Crescent
During the 2014 election I ran on a platform to move Kingston forward together. As your mayor I work daily to move us forward by ensuring we make investments that improve the quality of life across our community. This includes the investments being made to increase the supply of affordable housing in Kingston, which can include everything from the creation of housing with affordable rents to enabling home ownership.
I am very pleased to share some recent progress we are making on the affordable housing front. First, at our July council meeting, we approved an additional $1.2 million to increase the total number of affordable housing units for the new development on Wright Crescent that will be a mix of both market rent and affordable housing units. This additional investment will allow for more affordable housing units on the site, and will allow many of those units to be offered at even lower rents. The project still needs to go through a formal planning approval process, but the picture above provides a good idea of what it might look like once fully constructed.
This month council also took steps toward another affordable housing project at the corner of Princess Street and Hillendale Avenue. The details of the parcel of land have now been finalized, and next Spring the city will be actively looking for development proposals to build affordable housing on the property.
What’s great about both the Wright Crescent and the Princess/Hillendale projects are their locations and the partnerships that made them possible. Both sites are centrally located within the urban core of the city and along key transit routes. Not only are we increasing the supply of affordable housing in Kingston, but we are distributing it more evenly across the city to create a more integrated and equitable community. Both of these projects were made possible through partnerships, where the city is working with both non-profit housing providers and private developers towards a common goal of more affordable housing.
Working in partnership to move Kingston forward – now that’s what I call a smart and livable city!
Check out the latest version of From the Mayor’s Chair, where I break down the decisions of Council in 3 minutes.
Highlights from the July 12 Council meeting include discussions on three hot topics; expanding the affordable housing supply with two projects discussed, 7 Wright Crescent and 1316-1318 Princess Street. As well as an agreement for dental services with Kingston Community Health Centre and a plan to celebrate The Tragically Hip with a concert live streaming event on August 20.
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I am thrilled to announce plans for the City of Kingston, in partnership with the Downtown Kingston BIA!, Kingston Accommodation Partners and Kingston Police, to live stream The Tragically Hip’s ‘Man Machine Poem’ concert in Springer Market Square on August 20.
August 20th will be proclaimed “The Tragically Hip Day” in the City of Kingston with a celebration of the band in Springer Market Square. The event will feature concert-quality audio-visuals and screening designed to expand the capacity of Market Square into surrounding streets for the live streamed concert.
The Tragically Hip are an iconic Canadian band who have made tremendous contributions to our country and the Kingston community in particular, through their music and philanthropy. We look forward to welcoming The Hip home and giving Kingston fans the opportunity to show their love and support of the band.
The community celebration is a free public event, open to everyone, beginning at 8:00 p.m. Kingston Transit will be free after 4:00 p.m. on Saturday August 20 with extended express service offered. Residents are encouraged to take advantage of public transit to minimize congestion in the downtown.
This event is a small gesture to allow our community to come together in a showing of our support. This celebration is going to show what The Tragically Hip means to our community and what I think Kingstonians expect. This event is going to be big and unlike anything we’ve seen before in market square.
Throughout the last year of debate and discussion about KEDCO, my position has always been clear. We need a new version of KEDCO – a new economic development agency with a renewed focus to position Kingston as a leader across the province and the country.
Economic development has changed significantly over the last decade; it’s less about attracting new companies to Kingston, and more about fostering innovation and entrepreneurship. We need to take advantage of the enormous talent and ideas we have right here and create an environment for companies to prosper and create jobs as they grow. We need a new agency to seize this tremendous economic potential.
Last night I along with the rest of council took the first step in creating a fresh start for economic development in Kingston. Collectively we are turning the page and moving forward with a number of transformative recommendations. Among those we will have a separate tourism organization and a newly structured economic development organization (EDO).
Throughout this process I have been impressed by the level of community engagement and the ideas generated on this issue. I’ve heard from thousands of residents, organizations, businesses and community groups with comments, suggestions and improvements. Although there are some differing opinions, one thing we all agree on is the need to move forward and get on with it. And that’s what we’re going to do.
Kingston’s new EDO will be very different from what we had in the past. It will be tied to the strategic vision I have been championing; to make Kingston a smart and livable city. Our new EDO will be arms’ length, but with more control and oversight from city hall. This is a new approach and a recognized best practice across the province.
But we’re just getting started. There is more work to be done as we move quickly to implement the necessary changes and position this new EDO on the frontlines of economic development in Kingston and Eastern Ontario. We will continue to look for feedback as we move into the implementation phase of separating these two organizations and developing their strategic focus.
There is a lot of talent and passion in our community about getting this right and it’s time to harness that energy to move forward. This is an important first step in uniting and moving us toward a common goal – making Kingston a smart, livable, 21st century city!