Market and Ontario Street- Possible Closure
The City of Kingston has been looking into closing Ontario and Market St. Below is an update from Ed Smith, Board of Management Chair.
Photo by Jessica Foley.
To Downtown Kingston members,
In the news lately have been stories about the possibility of closing Market St. and the one block of Ontario St in front of City Hall. Mayor Paterson has been on video on this topic. Our Executive Director, Marijo Cuerrier and I have received some calls from members with concerns.
No decision has been made. City council is exploring the possibility and has authorized staff to consult the public and begin an environmental assessment. The city is planning to rejuvenate Confederation Park at some undetermined time in the future and would like to incorporate these street changes if they were to come about into the park redesign. Also to be assessed is the changing traffic patterns if any as a result of the Waaban Crossing (3rd Crossing) opening.
Downtown Kingston will be doing its own consultation with its members once more details become available.
I have reached out to Mayor Paterson regarding some concerns expressed by members and his response is included below. Note the options include status quo to the streets to permanent closures and the many options in between.
Ed Smith, Chair, Downtown Kingston BIA