Queen’s U unveils draft master plan

Kingston, ON, Canada / CKWS TV

 ONE OF THE COUNTRY’S OLDEST POST-SECONDARY SCHOOLS IS ALWAYS TRYING TO KEEP UP WITH THE TIMES.

ONE OF THE COUNTRY’S OLDEST POST-SECONDARY SCHOOLS IS ALWAYS TRYING TO KEEP UP WITH THE TIMES. AND THAT’S NOT ALWAYS EASY BECAUSE QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY IS SURROUNDED BY RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBOURHOODS. TO HELP DEAL WITH PROJECTED GROWTH IN THE STUDENT POPULATION, QUEEN’S IS UPDATING ITS CAMPUS PLAN. NEWSWATCH’S JENNIFER LESTER MULRIDGE EXPLAINS.

It’s a big “reveal” one year in the making. The consulting team is showing off Queen’s University’s master plan for its next decade of development.

“It’s a broad scope of work; addressing a lot of different issues.”

“The drawings, the maps, the write-ups… they all reflect what the consultants call the university’s unique vitality… and the city’s heritage.”

“Kingston is a wonderful city. I think it’s… kind of, culturally, historically, it’s one of the most important cities in the nation!”

If these plans come to be… campus could soon have some new outdoor gathering places downtown… and more development at the west campus.

“The student project has been a great add-on to the campus master plan project.”

One of the more unique aspects of the Master Plan, students are able to contribute to the brain storming as well.
The University’s Urban Planning Department developed a transportation plan that could propel Queen’s into the future.

“We’re getting the students to do a lot of the work, which can then inform our future decisions and can build upon and enhance the more – the contracted work.”

“What we’re doing is we’re helping inform the Urban Strategies campus master plan in ways that – in details of level that they may not necessarily get, get to.”

“What the plan is a lot about, is about renewal.”

Planners say they’ll collect valuable public feedback from this information session… and hope to bring forth a final presentation sometime next year. Jennifer Lester Mulridge, CKWS Newswatch, Kingston.

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