Festival Plaza, Marina Could Be One Step Closer in Amherstburg

It's been years in the making, but a community gathering space in Amherstburg could be one step closer to reality Monday night.

Amherstburg asked residents what the next move should be for the former site of Duffy's Tavern and Motor Inn back in 2017. Fast forward a couple years and a new amphitheater, community gathering space, marina and other amenities are planned for the property on Dalhousie St. and Gore St.

Town Chief Administrative Officer John Miceli told AM800 News the plan has developed further to add a fishing area and other enhancements.

"That preferred solution has an open plaza area, a performance area with an amphitheatre, we're recommending shoreline improvements, angled road parking on Dalhousie St. to support the festival plaza," says Miceli.

He says it will be a big boost for a town in the midst of rebranding portions of its tourism image.

"If you look at what council has done in terms of supporting our tourism initiative, this is a very huge component for us moving forward," says Miceli. "The festival plaza, the transient marina, it is all tools in the tool box that will allow us to make downtown Amherstburg a more tourist friendly place to visit."

Miceli says even if council approves the plan Monday it will still take some more time before shovels enter the ground.

Council will need to decide on whether to build in phases, and all that depends on how much it will cost when a final budget is compiled. Currently the budget is in the $7-million to $8-million range.