“This is the largest targeted housing investment the City of Kingston has made in decades,” said Mayor Noble. “…this investment will result in a remarkable value to our community. We’re going to see neighborhoods who have been negatively impacted by vacant, derelict buildings rejuvenated…
“…local families will be able to access good quality housing that they can afford.”
In September 2018, Steve announced that his administration had secured a multi-year funding commitment to support the establishment of the Kingston City Land Bank (KCLB) and related community development efforts. In 2019, the City will transfer 36 properties (recouping the total back taxes owed) to the KCLB to be renovated and sold to first-time homebuyers. In addition, engineering plans are already in place for the renovation of 124-126 Franklin St., the new headquarters for the City’s housing, economic and community development initiatives.
In addition to enhancing access to home ownership, addressing “zombie properties” negatively impacting neighborhoods, and working on legislation and policy to end housing discrimination, Steve’s administration has focused on making Kingston a safe and welcoming place for everyone to live, work and raise family. This means focusing on building sidewalks and supporting other accessibility projects, advancing youth development programming, and expanding opportunities for public participation.
Building a stronger community, one property at a time.