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Deal reached about Capitol Theatre development in downtown Kingston

KINGSTON — A tentative deal has been reached between a developer seeking to build on the former Capitol Theatre and groups working to protect the area’s heritage.

Details of the agreement have not been made public, but city council directed staff to prepare a report for the first meeting in April.

The project was to go before the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal in May.“We are very pleased with the collaboration between IN8 and the Frontenac Heritage Foundation and Building Kingston’s Future,” said Vicki Schmolka of Building Kingston’s Future, which opposed the project along with the Frontenac Heritage Foundation. “We believe the results of these discussions are a positive outcome for the parties and the city.”The tentative deal, if approved, could end years of opposition to IN8 Developments’ plans to build on the former theatre site in the city’s downtown.

In October — the latest chapter in the fight against the project — city council approved the company’s request for rezoning to permit construction of a 12-storey condominium building.

In return, IN8 dropped its legal challenge to a Local Planning Appeal Tribunal ruling two years ago that blocked its proposal for a 16-storey building.

The two groups that opposed the 16-storey building, Building Kingston’s Future and the Frontenac Heritage Foundation, launched a similar appeal against city council’s approval of a 12-storey building on the same site.

The 2018 ruling against The Capitol Condos project stated that the proposed 16-storey building was not compatible with the heritage of the city’s downtown neighbourhood.

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