Actually, not really…
The Urban Village plan is “on hold”. I’ve been telling my friend who bought a house near the Urban Village proposed location for years that the whole plan was a sham, and that this city will never get its act together enough to pull off something like the Urban Village. Glad to see that the McMansion Mayor did not fail to dissapoint…
Urban village delayed for ‘significant project’
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Mayor Eddie Francis says the urban village concept has been delayed
Plans for an urban village on lands adjacent to the Art Gallery of Windsor have been delayed because of the potential for a â€œsignificant projectâ€ which could encompass most or all of the 50 acres, said Mayor Eddie Francis.
Speaking after the Downtown Windsor business improvement area annual general meeting, Francis declined to divulge details but said â€œitâ€™s not driven by a single developer and itâ€™s something we need to consider before we bring forward a request for proposals for the urban village.
â€œWe need an opportunity to address that entire development before we move forward with anything else,â€ said Francis.
London developer Shmuel Farhi recently acquired a piece of property next to the art gallery fronting on Riverside Drive as part of a land swap which allowed the city to acquire property where the new arena is being built on the cityâ€™s far east side.
While acknowledging that Farhi is â€œlooking to add to his investment downtown,â€ Francis declined to say whether Farhi was involved in the development project being considered by the city.
The 50-acre site, which is bounded by the new transit terminal on the eastern edge, University Avenue on the south, Caron Avenue on the west and Pitt Street on the north, was the subject of a community improvement plan more than three years ago.
Once city council decided the property was an expensive and inappropriate location for a new arena development, the focus shifted to an urban village which would include an eclectic mix of residential, commercial and retail development designed to attract more pedestrian traffic to the edge of the city core.
Council decided last year to issue a request for proposals from potential developers on both sides of the border but that process is now on hold.
Â© The Windsor Star 2007