Height vs. History
Once again, highrises are making the news in Kingston. This time, however, the discussion isn’t around the Capitol condo development. At a Planning Committee meeting on September 21st, Jay Patry revealed plans for a new highrise building at 55 Ontario Street.
At 20 stories tall, the proposed building exceeds the maximum height according to Kingston’s zoning rules for waterfront properties (current zoning rules in this area limit properties to two stories). Patry is hoping that the project can bypass these zoning rules because of the property’s industrial history. The plot requires millions of dollars in cleanup, and the idea is that this large building—containing 292 units—will generate enough revenue to pay for the expense. If we keep the Capitol condos project in mind, however, it suggests that Patry’s building may not get all 20 stories. A report from E.R.A. Architects last year found that the Capitol condos were too high for the area, and the planned height of the building was reduced from 20 to 16 stories.
As details surrounding this development continue to emerge, it’s natural for us to ask what the future of downtown Kingston looks like. We’ve written on this topic before, and we can all agree that questions about balancing Kingston’s history with its growing population are difficult to answer. Highrises in particular are a divisive topic in Kingston, and in times like these, we shouldn’t take for granted the importance of community.
On a lighter note regarding Kingston’s history, the Integration Committee for Kingston’s new school is asking the public for name suggestions. If you have a name that “(1) represents names of famous Canadians of local or national recognition, (2) reflects the positive image of our community and of the Limestone District School Board, (3) does not duplicate the name of an existing school building/site within the Limestone District School Board or (4) does not use the names of present Board members, staff members, or other living persons” you can submit it here. The deadline for submissions is October 13th.
See you next week!