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IN8, Frontenac Heritage Foundation finally agree on Capitol Condos

223 Princess Street, the site of the former Capitol Theatre, will be the future site of a condo building. Kingstonist file photo.

The Frontenac Heritage Foundation and Building Kingston’s Future Inc. have finally given their blessings to The Capitol condo project.

The appellants along with IN8 Developments out of Kitchener-Waterloo, the group responsible for The Capitol, have agreed on the matter after a long-standing dispute. The dispute was centred around the height of the building, but will include 1- and 2-bedroom condos. The groups appealed the developer’s 12-storey plan — their second proposed development for the site — and say the development they’ve now settled on with IN8 will be less than 12 storeys.

“We are very pleased with the collaboration between the applicant, IN8, and the appellants throughout the process, Building Kingston’s Future and the Frontenac Heritage Foundation,” Foundation President, Shirley Bailey said in a statement to the Kingstonist.

“We believe the results of the discussion are a positive outcome for the parties and the city on what has proven to be a challenging site in our downtown,” Bailey added.

For his part, Kingston Mayor Bryan Paterson is eager to put this chapter of the city’s history in the past and move forward with the development.

“I’m very pleased the parties involved have come to an agreement,” Mayor Bryan Paterson said in a statement to the Kingstonist. “We are in critical need of more housing in the downtown, and this settlement offers the chance to begin construction much sooner than anticipated.

“I look forward to learning more about the revised Capitol development when details are released in advance of our next Council meeting.”

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