Welcome to KCAL! We believe that the City of Kingston, and Greater Kingston Area, need a new, or renewed, entertainment venue. We are not opposed to a new building - we are concerned about the overall process, and the way this project was rammed-through, and the evidently raw-deal for Kingston taxpayers, especially the shouldering of ALL financial risks.
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On the minuscule North East corner of the North Block, the City proposes to build a facility that's expandable, so they say, to 6,000 seats which is about double the capacity of the current Memorial Centre.
Plain and simple: On the basis of the research we have done and present here, we are convinced that many aspects of the planning of the proposed Large Venue Entertainment Centre (LVEC) are not in the best interests of Kingston as a whole.
Where we are, and how the LVEC project got to this point, is documented here. We provide links to resources on both sides in the issue. Judge for yourself, and PLEASE make a point of telling your City Councillor how you feel about their position on this important matter.
Here is how the Memorial Centre and the North Block properties compare:
Bruce Todd's broad analysis of the Anglin Bay T&P Study: 24 weaknesses or outright fudgings. (April 25)
Bruce Todd's detailed letters to city councilors/planners:
#14- Clearance Time After an Event (June 1 2005) - Lengthy.
#13- Parking Availability and Key Factors (May 31 2005) - inadequate.
#12- Acceptable Walking Distance (May 30 2005) - Fudged.
#11- Traffic Counts (May 29 2005) - Fudged.
#10- Study Area and Study Data (May 28 2005) - Fudged.
#9 - Infrastructure and Management (May 27 2005) - Excessive.
#8 - Determination of Mode of Travel (May 26 2005)- Fudged.
#7 - Available On-Street Parking (May 25 2005) - Fudged.
#6 - The Anglin Parking Lot (May 24 2005) - Not workable.
#5 - Display Maps (May 23 2005) - Fudged.
#4 - Drop Off and Pick Up Mode of Access (May 22 2005) - Impractical.
#3 - The Two Adjacent Parking Lots (May 21 2005) - Clearly insufficient.
#2 - No Pedestrian Counts (May 20 2005) - Fudged.
#1 - Concerns About the Content of Phase I (May 19 2005) - Major holes.
The business plan is over a year out of date, and its appendices still show diagrams of an arena on waterfront idea that died in September 2005, eight months ago.
- Stewart Fyfe on the LVEC business plan (May 10 2005)
- Paul Fraresso, P.Eng: Report on the business plan (April 27 2005)
- Derek Baldwin's Critique of the Business Plan (April 16 2005)
- Bruce Todd's Critique of the Business Plan
- Stewart Fyfe on the KEDCO report (May 10 2005)
- "Stimulating" the downtown core? Questionable.
- Experience of other cities with LVECs. Not pretty.
- Mary Louise Adams' references. Kingston is no different.
- Any guarantee the Frontenacs will stay? That's not given.
- See also Myths about the LVEC.
Now the process is all about rushing the design, contract, and to start of construction before the municipal election date in November 2006.
- KCAL (not the city) puts LVEC concept plan
image online (6 MB)
- KCAL (not the city) puts Traffic and Parking Study online (12 MB)
- Citizen Participationis notably absent from this process.
- Patti Arnold's points about LVEC anomalies (May 6)
- Bruce Todd's letter about the process so far. (May 5)
- The process: responsibility & accountability: The chronology so far.
See also Myths about the LVEC.
KTA: LVEC-related votes by Council
Derelict: The LVEC "Steering Committee"
KEDCO: Economic Benefits of the LVEC (Apparently, it works out to about $60 per ticket. KEDCO is an arm of the ultra-pro-downtown Council that sat between 2003 and 2006).
Responding to the deceptive $50,000 pro-LVEC ad campaign:
It is being touted by a campaign so misleading it would never be approved to sell used cars or soap. -- Claude Scilley, Sports Editor, Whig Standard, May 27, 2006. Click to see what's behind each advert..
The BIA evidently stacks the April 25th LVEC public meeting
- Robert Mackenzie -- April 25 2005 LVEC Meeting
- Mary Louise Adams -- April 25 2005 LVEC Meeting
- Public Consultation Window Dressing
KCAL petition (3,700 signatures) drops on Council
KROCK 105.7: Rob Baker and "Friends of the EC"
- Friends' list padded with names of minors and children
- Spot the differences - "problems with Photoshop"
- Intrinsically deceptive pro-LVEC advertising (also here and here)
KCAL petition (3,700 signatures) drops on Council
Whig Standard letter tally (to Jan 14 2006 running 188-75 against)
Friends of the EC: 9 months, fewer than 820 names, still "selling" the Anglin Bay waterfront site. (Site is went offline in August 2006)
Youth of Kingston online petition: fewer than 200 names collected over one year approx
Read the Task Force Report on an LVEC .
LVEC Site and Site Selection Issues
- The view from a former township: Why are the interests
of the former townships and the other areas of the city systematically ignored in favour of the downtown when it comes to planning the city's
- See also: Myths about the LVEC.
The contents of this website are based on information available at the time it was constructed. However, feasibility studies are under way, and depending on their outcomes, the concerns expressed on this website could be allayed, confirmed, or deepened. This could result in the modification or even elimination of some or all of the articles included here. Please check this website a few days after learning of any significant developments respecting the proposed LVEC, such as reports to City Council, or breaking stories in the local media: alerts advising of any changes which have been made to the website will be provided on this homepage.
The articles included on this website, except as indicated as documentation of arguments made, have been written by many members of KCAL, drawn from across the city of Kingston, including, but not limited to:
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Last updated March 22 2008