UPDATE: Windsor Puts Two Well-Known Properties Up for Sale
Two well-known properties, owned by the City of Windsor, are the market.
Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens announced Friday morning the former Grace Hospital site at University and Crawford is up for sale.
Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens at the podium at a news conference, Windsor City Hall, May 3, 2019 (by AM800's Peter Langille)
It had been the proposed site for an Urgent Care Centre under the local health care restructuring plan by Windsor Regional Hospital with the new acute care facility site on County Rd 42 and the 9th Concession near the Windsor airport.
As well, Dilkens says the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board is no longer interested in moving Catholic Central High School into the old Barn.
As a result, an expression of interest will be issued on the downtown property to gauge any interest.
Dilkens says the city remains open to some role in the Windsor Arena site redevelopment.
"To the extent that someone wanted to re-use the building, would the city be a partner? You're darn right. To the extent that there was some element of re-useand a different format there we would want to talk about that as well. We've even had some folks who say we would take the building, do some renovations on the interior and use it as it is."
He adds the 1920's era Windsor Arena building is built very robustly.
"It is probably the most solid building in our entire city. Saying that, taking it down comes with challenges as well. not impossible but it's expensive to do and there'd be some reclamation of steel and we'd have to work through all of those issues"
Windsor Arena was built in 1924 and originall was called the Border Cities Arena.
It was the home of the Detroit Cougars - later the Red Wings - for the 1926-27 NHL season.
Windsor Arena was home for the Windsor Spitfires until the final game there in December 2008 and was home to the Windsor Lancers university team from 2009 to 2013.
In recent year the city has been using it as an indoor storage facility for salt.