Kingston Youth Services Hub Closes in on Reality as Old Rectory is Demolished – Kingston

Construction of the new Youth Services Hub in Kingston is fast approaching.

The old parsonage on the Princess Street United Church property, located at the corner of Princess and Albert streets, has been demolished and the $10 million tower development in the city’s downtown awaits a federal funding to move forward.

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Tom Greening, the executive director of Home Base Housing, says that in order to move forward with the project, the team is trying to prepare as much as possible.

“So the parsonage has just come down to the property and I’m really excited to let you know that the city council has approved funding for the construction of the supportive housing program,” says Greening.

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Greening says the province has already committed funds for the project and now the federal government needs to get involved.

“People we have spoken to through CMHC are very happy with the proposal we have for them. And we continue to work with them on our app to polish it and make it as bankable as possible,” he added.

The new facility will provide living spaces for homeless youth as well as a variety of on-site rehabilitation services.

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The site of the former parsonage will eventually become a retail café that will provide employment opportunities for many young people who use the programs.

However, Greening says the heritage building that was torn down will not be forgotten.

“The heritage committee reviewed our application and approved us to demolish the parsonage,” Greening explained.

“The limestone blocks that are the base of the presbytery are being salvaged and we are setting them aside and incorporating them into future buildings on this property.”

Without guaranteed funding from the federal government, there is no official date for the shovels to be put in the ground.

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