Kingston Community Update - February 2022

A Message from Mayor Bryan Paterson

What takes place at Kingston City Council meetings? What’s new in the community? What important decisions are being made? There are so many exciting things happening across Kingston. As Mayor, I want to share these stories. 
 
In this month's newsletter, I talk about the possible opportunity to close Market St. and Ontario St. in front of City Hall to expand space for pedestrians and festivals, and the feasibility of a potential new downtown conference centre. I also discuss a pilot project that will change the rules for overnight parking on the streets during the winter and an exciting proposal for a future housing development at the Frontenac Mall. 
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
NEWS & UPDATES - FEBRUARY 2022
Should We Permanently Close Ontario Street in Front of City Hall?
Once the Third Crossing opens near the end of this year, there will be an improved flow of commuter traffic to and from the east end and that means fewer vehicles passing through the downtown. This opens the door to new possibilities. One opportunity would be to permanently close Market Street and the block of Ontario Street in front of City Hall.
Exploring the Potential for a Downtown Conference Centre
One of the best ways we can ensure tourism rebounds stronger is to look for ways to expand the industry during times of the year when there aren’t as many visitors to Kingston. The summer is always a busy time but there are things we can do to attract more tourists in the fall, winter, and spring which in turn would help sustain tourism related jobs and businesses throughout the year.
Changing the City’s Winter Overnight Parking Ban
This March the City will be looking to launch a new pilot project that will change the rules for overnight parking on the streets during the winter. Historically, the City has banned overnight street parking during the winter months to keep the streets clear for snowplows.
Proposal for New Housing and Redevelopment of the Frontenac Mall
The City 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 space and build a number of apartment buildings on the property.
COUNCIL UPDATES
February 15th Council Meeting
I break down the decisions of Council in three minutes or less.
February 1st Council Meeting
I break down the decisions of Council in three minutes or less.

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  • Dinah Jansen
    published this page in News 2022-03-01 10:51:23 -0500