Capitol Condos developer files new, 12-storey proposal for downtown site

IN8 Developments, the developers behind the ongoing development plans for 223 Princess Street (The Capitol Condos) has filed a revised, 12-story plan through the City of Kingston.

Views along Princess Street and Queen Street of the proposed new building. Renderings provided by IN8 Developments Inc.

First proposed in 2015 at 17 storeys and 61.4m tall, the new project is proposed to be 12 storeys and cap out at 37.7m.

In addition to a reduction in height, the new proposal would see much smaller floors constructed above the 2nd floor, creating a set back appearance, with an additional setbacks and reduction in floor space above the 7th floor.

How the proposed building would appear as roughly viewed from the corner of Queen and Sydenham Streets. Rendering provided by IN8 Developments Inc.

The building is proposed to have 147 residential units, primarily one or two bedrooms if built according to the new plan, in addition to 96 parking spaces. Parking would be provided by way of a single storey underground lot and the first two stories along Queen Street. An additional 176 spaces for bicycle parking are proposed.

While the proposal mentions community benefit, it stops short of elaborating, stating that they will be “determined through a public process,” though the new design does include 514 square meters of commercial space on both Princess and Queen Streets.

Rendering showing the 2-story height along Queen Street, left, and building floor reductions of taller stories. Rendering provided by IN8 Developments Inc.

The new design proposes to maintain the theatre facade along Princess Street, while creating a new streetscape along Queen Street and setting most of the building in the centre of the block.

The earlier, 2018 proposal for the site was initially approved, but appealed through the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT).

A rendering of the streetscape along Princess Street, maintaining the existing former theatre facade. Rendering provided by IN8 Developments Inc

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