At the corner of Barrie and Colborne streets is the home of Rose DeShaw, a place she has lived for decades.
Normally a quiet area near the downtown area of the city, which may change due to construction.
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“They’re asking for a 16-story building, and that would be right next to my house,” DeShaw says.
His house is at the end of three other houses which are now owned by developers and are currently used as student accommodation.
“We thought it was our forever home. That was the whole idea,” Deshaw continues. “Finally, after 35 years of renting, we finally had a place we could call our own… It was a big shock, a big surprise.”
According to Podium Development’s planning application to the city, it is to transform the four-story building at 275 Queen Street and the adjacent parking lot into a “mixed-use residential and commercial building” with 227 residential units.
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“Podium has been an active builder in Kingston for approximately 18 years, and we have always acted to be a good neighbor and worked with our community during the process,” says Christian Petersen, Director of Development for Podium Development. “We will take this opportunity to present this development application and hear from the two neighbors of the community, as well as the planning committee of the city of Kingston.
Petersen says that, if the project moves forward, there should be no reason DeShaw has to leave her home during construction, but she remains concerned.
“It’s a real corner of people who are here and who have homes and who help and support each other,” DeShaw says. “I have received so much help, support and sympathy for the fact that it seems that I cannot… resist what someone wants to do. But I sure hope we can.
King’s Town councilor Rob Hutchison says nothing is final yet, but he understands the concerns he’s hearing from constituents.
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“You know, you can’t tell people not to worry about something they should be worried about,” Hutchison says. “But no decision is made, there could be changes at the moment, and we will have to see how the process unfolds.”
A public meeting will be held on April 21 at 6 p.m., where community members like DeShaw will have the opportunity to ask questions and voice their concerns.
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