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February Update 2018

Dear Friends of Kingston Inner Harbour,

1) Downtown Kingston! Easter Seals Ontario and KidsInclusive Wheelchair event.
Sat, Feb 17 10-11!  Market Square.  Should be great!  All welcome!
2) New Threat to Inner Harbour Turtle Habitat
Jay Patry and his associates are proposing a large scale development at the Davis Tannery site. 
It would appear from the video that the whole of the site will be covered with asphalt (except for a decorative interior pond).  This will obliterate known turtle basking sites where up to 50 at-risk turtle species  have been seen at one time (on logs at the south-eastern corner of the site).  This area may also house long-term hibernation and nesting sites.  Research is currently in process (Feb, 2018). Pictures of turtles basking at the Tannery site last summer can be found on our website –
Patry and his associates are planning nineteen 1 hour presentations including Q&A from Feb 14 – Feb 28.  It is important that Patry and associates become aware of community concerns of all sorts.  Do consider attending one of these meetings.  See schedule below.
Development of the western part of the Tannery along Rideau St. makes sense from a city densification prospective. But surely the turtles also have a right to live.
We should be able to find a win-win possibility where turtles can also be saved.
Here is the invitation from the developer:
“Dear Ms. Farrar and Friends of the Inner Harbour, 
We are reaching out to let you know about an exciting proposal to create a landmark waterfront community on the site of the former Davis Tannery in the City’s Inner Harbour.  
The proposal includes remediating the subject brownfield site and will incorporate substantial public waterfront park space and opportunities for waterfront trail connections. 
Planning applications were recently filed with the City. A detailed summary of the proposal is attached for your reference, but the highlights of the project are as follows: 
– Remediation of approximately 22 acres of highly contaminated former industrial lands;
– Creation of approximately 1500 residential units, commercial/retail space;
– Minimum of 3.7 acres of public waterfront park space;
– New multi-use watersport facility;
– Beautification of waterfront trail, establishment of new stopping points for look-outs and activities; and
– Through-connections for the Waterfront / K&P Trail, watersport facilities.
In addition to the attached information, there is also a video “fly through” of the development available: 
We would like to invite stakeholders and interested parties to a 1-hour presentation and Q&A session regarding the proposal. The intent is to provide a detailed overview of the proposal and provide an opportunity for one-on-one conversation and open dialogue between stakeholders and the development team.
We understand that you will have multiple commitments and busy schedules, so we would like to find a date and time that is most convenient for you. We offer the following dates and times: 
1.     February 14 – 1:00 pm / 3:00 pm
2.     February 15 – 10:00 am / 2:00 pm / 7:30 pm
3.     February 16 – 10:00 am / 2:00 pm
4.     February 21 – 1:00 pm / 3:00 pm / 7:30 pm
5.     February 22 – 10:00 am / 2:00 pm / 7:30 pm
6.     February 23 – 10:00 am / 2:00 pm
7.     February 26 – 10:00 am

8.     February 28 – 10:00 am / 2:00 pm / 7:30 pm
If you are able to attend, please indicate the 2 dates/times that work best for you and we will do our best to accommodate your selection. The meetings will be held at the office of IBI Group located at 650 Dalton Avenue.
This is a challenging and exciting project, and we are excited to work with stakeholders like you to rehabilitate and redevelop the site into a tremendous asset for the Inner Harbour and the community. 
Thank you for your time and consideration, and please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.”

Do feel free to share widely.
And if you would like to call to discuss any of this further, my number is 613-544-1246.

Mary Farrar,
President, Friends of Kingston Inner Harbour,