Mayoral candidate Brenda Slomka is proposing the idea of a Waterfront Innovation District to stretch from Bay to include the tannery lands. This sounds like bringing Kingston into line with a worldwide trend of shifting heritage waterfront areas to new industries and multi-use development. Her press release states:
Protection and utilization of existing heritage properties and trails on the site would see the further beautification and enjoyment of greenspace in Doug Fluhrer Park. In concert with many Kingstonians and community groups who spoke at 2013’s town hall meetings regarding the future of the site, Slomka does not support the proposed high volume and noisy roadway along the waterfront (the Wellington Street Extension). Instead the District would incorporate an innovative, all-weather public transportation system along its 2 km distance as a key feature to attracting new residents and investors.