Ontario Construction News staff writer
The City of Windsor is looking for potential locations for a new housing hub and is seeking submissions from interested parties who own property, with some specific criteria in mind, including:
- An ideal site will have a minimum land area of 80,000 sq. ft. to a maximum of 150,000 sq. ft., and this land area can be achieved by consolidating abutting properties. In addition, if a site is abutting an existing city-owned property where the addition of said site creates a combined parcel exceeding 100,000 sq. ft., this site would also be considered.
- Site must be within two kilometres of emergency shelters.
- Preference will be given to sites that comprise an entire block (municipal right-of-way on all four sides).
- Property located close to residential areas and not within a commercial corridor or abutting a school would be beneficial.
- Vacant and improved land will be considered, regardless of zoning. If existing use is anything other than residential, additional documentation may be requested. This could include environmental site assessments, a record of site condition or any other document related to the past use of the site and current environmental condition. Preference may be given to vacant land or land within compatible zoning designations.
- submissions of property/land acquisitions will be considered as well as lease backs.
Sealed expressions of interest should be sent to the city’s purchasing supervisor or via email to email@example.com on or before Wednesday, February 15, 2023, at 11:30:59 a.m.
Fax submissions will not be accepted.
The city currently operates the Homelessness and Housing Help Hub (H4) at the former Windsor Water World. The operation of the facility has demonstrated the benefits of offering services in this holistic way; however, the existing site and building are not ideal for the long term.