CIP Boundary Expansion Paves The Way For New Apartment Building

A $45-million mid-rise condo-style apartment building near downtown Windsor is a step closer to reality.

On Tuesday, the city's planning standing committee approved a boundary change for the Downtown Windsor Community Improvement Project.

The change will allow a three acre site on Wyandotte Avenue at Crawford to apply for city grants.

Developer Rob Piroli says without the boundary change, he wasn't sure if he would have move ahead with the project.

He's now hoping to get council's support and then bring the project back to the planning committee for a property zoning change.

"We're very happy that this committee has voted to move the boundary and we're very excited to get this project in motion," says Piroli.

He says if the CIP expansion request was rejected, he wasn't sure if the project would move forward.

"It was a tipping point of the project whether it went forward and them approving this boundary change seems like the project is 100% go forward," he says.   

The original boundary for the CIP included the downtown core from the Detroit River to Erie Street, Marentette, Howard to the east and Caron Avenue to the west.

The site has been vacant since 1989-90 and was previously owned by Loblaw Companies Limited.

Piroli says his plan is to build a six story building with 147 units — he hopes to have a shovel in the ground by next spring.