The city of kingston has taken a giant step forward to improve public access to the waterfront.
The city has just purchased a huge piece of waterfront property near Lemoine point.
Newswatch’s Darryn Davis tells us how the city plans to transform this private property into a public benefit.
When an 18 acre piece of waterfront property comes up for sale inside Kingston’s city limits it draws a lot of interest from developers.
“I’ve been selling real estate in Kingston for thirty years and this is the first time we’ve sold something of this magnitude on the water front, with that much acreage and a thousand feet of water frontage.
So it is a very unique property. ”
The city of Kingston ended up successfully purchasing the property at the end of Front road near Lemoine point and the airport for 1.5 million dollars.
Even before it was up for sale city staff had identified the land as an important part of the municipality’s water front master plan.
“We’ve identified that this would be connected to the future of the Lemoine point conservation area in partnership with the CRCA.”
“A number of area residents say they’re thrilled the city purchased the land and plan to turn this piece of prime water front real estate into park land.”
“I walk here daily and the thought of a subdivision going in here was breaking my heart.
When I learned today that the city bought it, it was very good news.”
“Total relief and I’m thrilled. I think it’s inspired both on the part of the city and also on the part of the vendors. It reminds me of the east coast to look out over this view.”
In the short term, plans are to do grass cutting and general maintenance on the land next year.
Then the process of a detailed plan for the site will begin.
“Certainly we’ll have public consultation in terms of what other potential amenities, but concepts in the master plan just show a bit of a trail network that would connect to existing opportunities in the area.”
Full development of the land, from visioning to budgeting, will still take several years.
Darryn Davis CKWS Newswatch Kingston.