City Council has approved a forty eight million dollar canal project for downtown Windsor; more specifically for the Western Super Anchor site (pictured above). The canal will be funded 2/3′s by the federal government, with Windsorites paying the rest through the city’s capital projects budget. The canal is still subject to approval by Ottawa (whether or not it gets funded via infrastructure stimulus funds).
The plan for the “Canal District” is to have a man made, concrete-lined waterway horseshoe from Caron St. and Riverside Drive, through the super anchor site, and back out to the riverfront walkway near the art gallery — with no actual connection to the Detroit River. The hope is to line the canal areas with retail, entertainment venues, and the like.
You can read the entire Canal report on the City’s website, here (PDF).
Now, I’m still pretty skeptical about this project, personally. It’s interesting, indeed, but it may not be the savior for downtown that everyone is hoping for. I’m going to wait to see how this all turns out several years down the line, before I make any kind of final judgment.
Your thoughts? Ideas? Comments?