Windsor issues EOI looking for “visionary” developers interested in building housing

Ontario Construction News staff writer

The City of Windsor has launched the Caron Avenue site Expression of Interest (EOI) hoping to meet aggressive housing targets.

The site is described as “a unique development opportunity for residential developers looking to enter Windsor’s market.”

At the intersection of University Avenue West and Caron Avenue, the 2.1-acre site offers potential for high-density residential buildings with ground-floor commercial spaces.

With 146 feet of frontage on University Avenue West and 645 feet along Caron Avenue, the city is looking for “visionary developers to bring to life a high-density residential haven, possibly complemented by vibrant ground-floor commercial spaces.”

First unveiled in March, the city’s housing strategy is an attempt to increase the supply of housing by identifying and making shovel ready various municipal lands with high potential for residential development.

Four municipal properties were initially identified as possessing significant and immediate potential for development covering all types of housing needs, including affordable housing, and missing middle housing.

They are:

  • former Lowe Secondary School site
  • Caron Avenue parking lot
  • Pelissier Street parking lot
  • Roseland Golf Club parking lot

This week’s announcement of the Caron Avenue Site EOI invites developers and proponents to submit comprehensive proposals that align with Windsor’s vision of smart housing solutions for sustainable, inclusive, and community-oriented development.

Proposals will be accepted until Aug. 23.

For more information click this link.

In addition to launching the Caron Avenue Site EOI, the city has added additional municipal lands identified for development at this time, including the following sites:

  • Former Windsor Arena – 572 McDougall Street
  • Former Grace Hospital Site – 339 Crawford Avenue

windsor parking lot siteThe addition of these two properties brings the total list of municipal lands available for residential development to six properties. The City will also continue to review additional available municipal lands to identify further opportunities to support evolving housing needs and smart housing solutions in Windsor.

“The launch of the Caron Avenue Site EOI represents a significant step in Windsor’s proactive approach to smart housing solutions, with the site offering a unique opportunity for high-density residential and mixed-use development,” said Mayor Drew Dilkens. “This EOI is the first among several planned developments, signalling an ongoing investment in Building Windsor’s Future, and underscoring the City’s support for innovative and community-focused development projects.”


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