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Soapbox: 223 Princess Street comes to Planning Committee again

Editorial note: The following is a submitted Op/Ed piece. The views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of The Kingstonist. The Frontenac Heritage Foundation is a not-for-profit charitable organization dedicated to the preservation of structures and sites of cultural and historical interest across the Kingston region. For nearly

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Best of 2016: A Double Standard?

We kicked off 2016 with a poll asking whether or not the city’s outdated Official Plan should continue to project a future iteration of Wellington Street through greenspace at Doug Flurer Park. An overwhelming number of respondents voiced their opposition, which as evidenced by the OpEd submission below, grew more

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Calls for City to Investigate Conflict of Interest

At last week’s meeting, Kingston City Council voted 7-6 in favour of the Capitol Condos, a 16-storey high-rise project above the former Empire Theatre on Princess Street in downtown Kingston. The discussion surrounding the high-rise proposal has been met with both support and objection from Kingstonians. While there is a

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Council Support for 16-Storey Downtown Tower Saddens Citizens’ Group

Vision for Kingston and its hundreds of supporters are disappointed and very concerned about City Council’s vote in favour of the 16-storey high-rise project above the former Empire Theatre on Princess Street in downtown Kingston. The 7 to 6 vote shows a divided Council with those councillors voting against the

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Concern About Conflict of Interest in Vote on Capitol Project

A number of people have raised the question as to whether Councillor Adam Candon has a conflict of interest in the case of the Capitol project proposal, which would mean he should recuse himself from both the discussion and vote at next week’s City Council meeting. Until this week, one

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The Things You Can’t Find/Buy Downtown

Over the past decade, downtown Kingston has lost many notable multipurpose and specialty retail stores including S&R, Zellers, Downtown Kingston Sports, Indigo, Just HiFi and the list goes on.  Such losses have made buying things from cheap underwear to hockey sticks and even televisions an difficult feat to accomplish along

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Community Soapbox: A Double Standard?

Over a year ago, opponents of Kingston’s proposed Wellington Street Extension were informed that the WSE cannot be removed from the Official Plan and other city policy documents without a secondary planning process for North King’s Town. This spring the visioning for that process began, with a launch in May

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#ygkChallenge: Weigh in on The Capitol Condos

The #ygkchallenge is an ongoing series where we dare you to be different, resolve to be better, and or do something awesome in support of our beloved community. Each week, Kingstonist establishes a new, ambitious or quirky goal, encouraging you to step out of your comfort zone and do something

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Downtown Shadows

The high-rise buildings Homestead and Capitol propose will cast long shadows, literally and figuratively. Literally, because their neighbours to the West, North and East would be cast into new shadows daily, especially in the winter months when we crave sunshine most, days at their shortest and shadows at their longest.

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Additions to King’s Crossing Phase Two

In 2008 King’s Crossing began to tempt shoppers with their factory outlet fashion power center on the north side of Dalton Avenue, while Canadian Tire, No Frills, Empire Theatres and St. Hubert were soon to follow on the southern half of the property.  Save for St. Hubert’s lackluster performance and

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Keep the Empire in Downtown Kingston

Phase Two of King’s Crossing began to take shape in December 2011 when it was announced that Walmart, LCBO, St. Hubert and Empire Theatre would soon emerge from this sprawling consumer complex located at Division and the 401. Both Walmart and the LCBO were suggested as new locations that would

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