Williamsville Reminders

Dear Neighbours,

Just a few reminders and some additional upcoming events

1. Tuesday March 11th – Councillor Jim Neill’s Town Hall – Councillor Jim Neill has organized a neighbourhood meeting for Tuesday 11 March 2014 at which City staff from Development & Planning, Building Permits and Property Standards, Parking and By-Law enforcement will be available to respond to questions. Please plan to attend.

When: Tuesday 11 March 2014 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: St. Luke’s Church Hall, Nelson Street

2. Saturday March 15th Ham Dinner – Join our friends at St. Luke’s for their Ham Dinner, 6:00pm at St. Luke’s, 236 Nelson St. Reserve your tickets early only $15 per person. Call 613-542-5501 Monday to Friday 9am to noon.

3. 493-513 Frontenac Street development proposal – The developer is proposing to tear down four houses and the former Keith Hay shop and build a five-storey, 76 unit building that will have 250 occupants. Neighbours are very alarmed by the plans. The Planning Committee meeting held March 6th was attended by about 50 people with 12 attendees making presentations outlining their concerns with what the plans for the property. The neighbours need your support. Letters can still be sent to Planner Karen Fraser at kfraser@cityofkingston.ca. Please let us know if you wish to receive additional details.

4. Wednesday March 19th Queen’s RAQ on Student Housing – Retirees’ Association of Queen’s is hosting a panel discussion “Queen’s Student Housing: Issues and Influences” with Brent Bellamy (General Manager, Kingston Housing Coop – Science 44 Coop), Laeeque Daneshsmend (Deputy Provost, Queen’s University), Sheldon Laidman (Acting Director, Planning & Development, City of Kingston) and a representative of the Alma Mater Society at Queen’s, chaired by Eleanor Rogers (School of English (Retired)).

Biosciences Building 116 Barrie Street Rm. 1103 starting at 7:30pm.

5. Window Art Gallery March 5th to 30th – visit the group exhibition and sale from the Thousand Islands Fine Art Association. At Victoria St. at Princess St., Kingston. ON windowartgallerykingston.com 613-549-1528
Monday, Tuesday: 10 a.m. – 12 noon
Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 12 noon – 4 p.m.
Thursday: 12 noon – 8 p.m.
For more info and program details see www.ksoa.info

6. Our Neighbourhood OMB hearing Wednesday March 26th The following message is from Our Neighbourhood.
Development Crisis on Johnson Street
Many of you are aware of the Johnson Street development which City Council has approved for the north side of Johnson Street between Toronto and Macdonnell Streets. Five single-family homes will be torn down and replaced with 29 units with a total of 108 bedrooms. The City has approved this monster high-density development in a neighbourhood that is zoned for one- and two-family homes. Some of our Williamsville and Sydenham District neighbours have formed a group Our Neighbourhood to appeal Council’s decision to the Ontario Municipal Board.

You can help by:
· Taking out a membership in Our Neighbourhood it’s only $20 (per household).
· Making a donation to Our Neighbourhood to help defray the costs of the OMB appeal.
· Attending the OMB hearing that will begin Wednesday 26 March at 10 a.m. in Kingston City Hall.

Please consider how you can help. This could happen in any neighbourhood. Your neighbourhood may be next.
Further information is available at www.ourneighbourhood.ca

7. Wednesday April 9th – St. Luke’s Bridge and Luncheon starting at noon at 236 Nelson Street. Only $10 per person. Call 613-542-5501 or 613-548-3096 to reserve your table.