Community Updates from the Mayor

From the Mayor of Kingston, Bryan Paterson

It’s hard to believe that it’s already September! I hope you found time to relax and spend time with family and friends over the summer! As we head into a busy fall season, I wanted to let you know about some of the things you might have missed over the last couple of months. To start, City Council approved the biggest investment in affordable housing the City has ever made and we approved a tiny home project in Kingston in partnership with Habitat for Humanity. I'm also excited to share that we'll be able to welcome cruise ships in 2022 with the creation of a temporary deep water dock. Also, we learned about a proposal to redevelop the former Prison for Woman property and as a community we learned more about VIA Rail's expansion project. These are all good news projects for Kingston and you can read more about each of these stories below. 
If you have any thoughts on these or other topics, feel free to connect with me by email at [email protected]
Until next month,
Bryan
 
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.
A Deep Water Dock for Cruise Ships
Once ships return to the great lakes, they won’t have to anchor offshore as they’ve had to in the past. That will make it easier for passengers to disembark, spend time in Kingston, and support our tourism and hospitality sector.
Building Tiny Homes in Kingston
At our City Council meeting this week, we approved a new partnership with Habitat for Humanity (HFH) for a pilot project to build eight tiny homes here on MacCauley Street just down from the Rideau Heights Community Centre.
A Proposal to Redevelop the Former Prison for Women Property
This property has been vacant for more than 20 years, so it’s exciting to see a new vision come forward for a development called Union Park. The plan calls for renovating the existing heritage building to convert it into condos as well as the construction of a new apartment building for seniors, a retirement home, and a hotel.
Why VIA Rail’s Expansion is Good News for Kingston
Even though this new rail line doesn’t pass through Kingston, it’s still good news for our community. That’s because this rail line is part of a larger plan to transform rail service in eastern Ontario leading to much better scheduling and travel options to and from Kingston.
COUNCIL UPDATES
September 7th Council Meeting
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August 10th Council Meeting
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July 13th Council Meeting
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  • Dinah Jansen
    published this page in News 2021-09-16 09:04:17 -0400