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Principles to Guide Redevelopment |

The following principles
came out of our visioning session.

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I.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING is the highest priority in the redevelopment of the site. 

The loss of affordable housing is a critical issue in Kensington Market, exacerbated in recent years by the proliferation of ‘ghost hotels’ (under the guise of home-sharing initiatives such as AirBnb) and the development of luxury and high-end condominiums. 

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II.

The site should be a MIXED-USE DEVELOPMENT, reflecting Kensington Market’s traditional mix of commercial, residential and community activity. 

Kensington Market is a unique neighbourhood, with a well-integrated mix of housing, small businesses and community life. Any redevelopment of the Bellevue site must reflect, support and promote this mix.

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III.

Redevelopment of the site must allow for COMMUNAL USES and COMMUNITY CONNECTION.

Kensington Market has a vibrant community life, which should be encouraged by any redevelopment of the Bellevue site.