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Fundraising pursued to cover $100,0000 cost of Kingston’s Capital Condo appeal

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Citizens appeal of Capital Condo costs $100,000 – Jun 13, 2018

It’s a fight that comes with a pretty hefty price tag.

The total cost of the “Citizen’s Appeal” of the proposed 16-storey Capital Condo project in downtown Kingston comes to $100,000. The Frontenac Heritage Foundation and three individuals were behind the appeal to the former Ontario Municipal Board.

Samantha King is one of them, representing a group known as “Vision for Kingston”.

“We have a legal bill, we have a bill from our planning experts, our architectural experts, our heritage and land use planning experts,” King said, “so that’s what we’re looking to pay.”

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King says so far they’re raised $60,000, money out of their pockets as well as the pockets of many supporters across the city. There are a number of fundraising events scheduled to help cut into that amount. On Friday, June 15, there’s an art show and sale at Martello Alley. Annette Burfoot is organizing the show.

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“My friend Babi Sugarman said,’I can’t give any money to this to help you pay for the very costly appeal, but I really want to help,’ Burfoot said. So she said, ‘I can give you a painting,’ and that started the idea.”

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And other artists followed. The art fundraiser takes place between 5 and 7:30 pm on Friday. Something that isn’t as certain is when the former OMB will make a decision on the Capital Condo project.

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