CLC announces sale of former Prison for Women site to Queen's University

    KINGSTON, ON, Sept. 11 /CNW/ - Canada Lands Company (CLC) and Queen's
University today announced that they have entered into an agreement whereby
the university will acquire the former site of the Federal Prison for Women in
Kingston, Ontario, effective January 2008
    The 8.1-acre (3.3-hectare) property was the site of the federal prison
for female offenders from 1934 until it was closed in 2000. Since 2003, CLC
has been reviewing its options for potential future uses for the property.
After extensive studies, consultations with stakeholders, including the City
of Kingston, it was determined that respecting the existing institutional land
use designation would represent the most beneficial use for the site.
    "Taking into consideration that the former prison's administrative
building and cell block are heritage structures and must be retained, and that
Queen's requires institutional lands for its continued growth, CLC believes
that the decision to sell the property to the university will meet the
school's pressing need for additional space while also recognizing its
significant role in the Kingston economy," said Norm Jarus, General Manager,
Real Estate, Ontario, for Canada Lands Company.
    "We are very pleased with this agreement with Canada Lands Company which
will enable Queen's to acquire this property," says Queen's Principal Karen
Hitchcock. "We are committed to respecting the heritage designation associated
with this site and to being guided by good planning considerations. This will
greatly enhance the university's ability to address space pressures on a
campus that was designed for a much smaller complement of students and faculty
and allow us to move in new directions in the context of our strategic plan."
    Prior to relinquishing control of the site, Canada Lands Company will
ensure that the property's secured bunker and all other non-heritage buildings
will be demolished and that three of the four stone security walls will be
removed. The fourth wall, which is located on the western edge of the site and
serves as a buffer from the Portsmouth community, will remain. This demolition
process will commence shortly and is expected to take approximately three
months. As well, Queen's has committed itself to respect the heritage
designations that have been placed on the remaining buildings

    Canada Lands Company is an arm's length, self-financing Crown
corporation, which optimizes the financial and community value from strategic
properties no longer required for program purposes by the Government of
Canada. It purchases properties at fair market value, then holds and manages,
or improves and sells them, to produce the best possible benefit for both
local communities and the company's sole shareholder, the Government of

    Located in Kingston, Ontario, Queen's University is one of Canada's
leading universities, with an international reputation for scholarship,
research, social purpose, spirit and diversity. Consistently ranked among the
top universities in Canada, Queen's is known for its high quality and
incomparable 24-hour learning environment.

For further information:

For further information: Gordon McIvor, Vice President, Strategic
Acquisitions, Public and Government Affairs, Canada Lands Company, (416)
952-6111 or; Norm Jarus, General Manager, Real Estate, Ontario,
Canada Lands Company, (416) 952-6190 or; Nancy Dorrance, Senior
Communications Officer, Queen's University, (613) 533-2869 or

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