The City of Windsor is putting the for sale sign up on two city-owned properties.
Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens announced the update on the properties on Friday.
Requests for expressions of interest are being put out by the city for the old Windsor Arena, also known as “The Barn.”
The 95-year-old building closed in 2014, and was home to the Windsor Spitfires and Lancers – but also the Detroit Cougars and even the Detroit Red Wings for one season.
Since it closed, the city has been using it as an indoor storage facility for salt.
Dilkens says it is no longer the preferred site for a new Catholic Central High School.
Windsor-Essex Catholic School Board Director of Education Terry Lyons tells CTV News the site is too small to build a new high school and parking would be an issue. He adds building on the designated heritage site has already posed several challenges and major delays.
Lyons also tells CTV News they have a new preferred location for the build to replace the 80-year-old high school, but he would not say where it is.
Requests for expressions of interest are also being put out for the former Grace Hospital site, a 6.2 acre urban greenfield.
The land at University and Crawford was supposed to become an urgent care centre as part of the overall plan for the new mega hospital for Windsor and Essex County.
Windsor Regional Hospital CEO David Musyj says as per their agreement with the city, the option to consider alternative uses for the site has always been available to the city.
“Depending on how the city chooses to move forward, the Grace site may still house the Satellite Emergency Department,” says Musyj. “However, it has been nearly four years since the plan was announced and the city must to continue to do its due diligence.”
Musyj says right now, at the request of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, the hospital has been examining the ongoing use of the Ouellette Campus, on an interim basis, for the Satellite Emergency Department and some ambulatory procedures.
“The downtown core is not ignored,” adds Musyj.
There is no value for either property, and developers will have 60 days to give expressions of interest to the city, beginning May 6.