Consultants Hired for Windsor's Districting Project

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Windsor's "districting" project is one step closer to becoming a reality.

The city has hired Brook McIlroy, expert urban designers with offices in Toronto, Thunder Bay and Winnipeg, to begin the process in Windsor to theme different neighbourhoods in the city.

Mayor Drew Dilkens says the first area for "districting" will be Walkerville. 

"Council has directed that the Walkerville Distillery district be the first theme and districting type project that we get out of the gate, so their particular focus will be on that area and we will see what they come back with, it will be an extensive process when it comes to public consultation and getting feedback and ideas," he says.

The goal is to create distinct themes and excitement in the different neighbourhoods such as Ford City, Old Sandwich Towne and Pillette Village.

Dilkens says it made sense to start with the Walkerville Distillery district.

"The beautiful part of that area of our city is that all of the pieces are already there," he says "They are authentic, it is as genuine part of the history and the story of our community and it is really a matter of stitching them together in a meaningful and a coherent way so that people have a different experience or a more thoughtful experience when they come to Walkerville."

Councillors approved spending up to $100,000 to hire a consultant to map out design, engineering and costing plans for the project.

A total of $5-million has been set aside in the capital budget for theming neighbourhoods like Sandwich Town, Ford City and Olde Riverside.

Mayor Drew Dilkens says public consultations are part of the process and he expects they will begin in the fall.

 

With files from Peter Langille