Author: Amber Bryant-Peller

Proposal for New Housing and Redevelopment of the Frontenac Mall

The City’s received an exciting proposal to redevelop the property here at the Frontenac Mall into new housing and revitalized commercial space. The high level plan is to replace the indoor mall with new ground floor commercial and build a number of apartment buildings on the property including the northeast corridor behind the Food Basics…
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New Supportive Housing for Women at Risk

Last year the City purchased the former Fairfield Manor West property on Ridley Dr. in an effort to address the need for more supportive housing for our most vulnerable residents. Using a portion of the Rapid Housing Initiative funding that the federal government announced back in August, we’re looking to convert the east wing of…
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We Need to Make More Room for Jobs and Investment in Kingston

An important reality that we are facing as a City right now is that we are quickly running out of industrial land that is available for sale. Over the last few years the interest from new businesses looking to locate here has been unprecedented, and even now there are many companies in conversation with us…
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A Request for the City to Help Fund Hospital Redevelopment

Kingston Health Sciences Centre is a critical part of our local healthcare system. Having state-of-the-art equipment and facilities here means better quality care for our family, friends, and fellow citizens. However, much of the current building facilities are outdated, too small, and in need of renewal. To address current and future needs, the provincial government…
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Turning Waste into Energy to Reduce Our Carbon Footprint

I’ve always been a big proponent of innovation when it comes to tackling climate change. New ideas and technologies can help us reduce our global greenhouse gas emissions in substantial ways. Right now, Utilities Kingston is looking at a really interesting idea. The plan is to use biosolids from our wastewater treatments plants and organic…
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What We Could Do with the Confederation Basin Promenade

Right now the City is working on an exciting waterfront project, the promenade down here at confederation basin. The plan is to create a walkway along the section of the breakwater that is behind me and make a space for people to be able to enjoy amazing views of the waterfront and the city’s shoreline.…
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Planning for Kingston’s Inner Harbour Cleanup

Last week City Councillors and community members heard from federal government experts on the initial plans for cleaning up the contamination here at Kingston’s Inner Harbour. According to the feds, the inner harbour is a high priority for action because of the presence of contaminants below the water that came from former industrial uses along…
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One of Kingston’s Biggest Economic Challenges: A Labour Shortage

When it comes to recovery from the pandemic, there’s a particular challenge that has really come to the forefront this year. All over the community I’m hearing about the difficulties businesses are having in finding new employees. Whether it’s restaurants or retail stores, manufacturing or service industries, there’s a major crunch as businesses need new…
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Three New Affordable Housing Projects for Kingston

We all know affordable housing is a critical need in our community. That’s why I’m proud that we’re making the biggest investment in affordable housing that the city has ever made. At our City Council meeting this week, we approved over $18 million in city capital funding to advance three different affordable housing projects in…
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A Deep Water Dock for Cruise Ships

Several years ago we began to explore options for a deep water dock for cruise ships here in Kingston. A deep water dock is a great way to grow our local tourism industry and to attract the increasing number of cruise ships traveling through the great lakes. The pandemic put those plans on hold but…
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