University Wants Pedestrian Space in Downtown Windsor


The University of Windsor wants to create more walkable space in downtown Windsor.

UWindsor wants to create the same open pedestrian space it forged when it closed Sunset Avenue on main campus between University Avenue and Wyandotte St. W. a few years back.

An application going before the Development and Heritage Standing Committee has the university looking to close Freedom Way between Park St. E. and University Ave.

The plan is to landscape and create a campus like space between the two buildings comprising the School for Creative Arts.

Ward 4 Councillor Chris Holt says the cost and the maintenance of the space would be covered by the university — making it an inexpensive way for the city to see if similar spaces would be viable downtown.

"If the general public can see the kind of revitalization to the public realm this brings us, maybe the public will say, you know what, This is an amazing space, come on council, let's do more of this," he says. "This kind of pedestrian space is the thing that is really bringing back downtowns now a days and it's wonderful to see the University of Windsor stepping up and doing this."

Holt tells AM800 News the project would be a win for both the city and UWindsor.

"Just creating a great pedestrian space, so I'm really looking forward to seeing what happens there," adds Holt.

If approved, the project will still need to go before city council.