While it may appear to be the dullest of infrastructure projects in the region, construction of major sewer systems in the area southeast of Windsor Airport is major part of the City’s attention to the future growth of Windsor.
Windsor’s population, pegged at 218,000 by the 2006 Census, is expected to grow to 250,000 by 2026. The City’s Planning Department has taken these growth statistics into consideration and has planned for new neighbourhoods, workplaces and communities in a project called the Annexed Lands Master Plan. By 2026, Windsor will need 25,400 more personal dwellings to accommodate population growth.
The first part of this master plan is to utilize empty fields at Windsor Airport. Several ideas are in the works ranging from a cargo hub to a produce distribution facility.
The study states:
Future airport operations are not expected to require all of the land area that is currently owned by the airport. A significant portion of the southeast airport lands is expected to be declared surplus for future needs.
However, nothing can proceed without infrastructure. In it’s simplest form, infrastructure refers to watermains, power lines, sewers and roads leading to and through unserviced areas.
The Sandwich South Employment Lands Servicing plan is a $30 million dollar project to realize the goals of expanding Windsor.
Currently Coco Paving, D’Amore Paving, M.R. Dunn Paving and Amico Infrastructures Inc. are digging a network of eight foot diameter sewers in the area.
The huge project is consulted to and designed by Stantec Consulting, RC Spencer Associates, AA Boscariol & Associates, Landmark Engineers, Haddad-Morgan Associates, Meo Associates and Glos Assocates.
Funding comes from…
City of Windsor: $6,576,072
Town of Tecumseh:$3,557,262
Province of Ontario: $10,133,333
Government of Canada: $10,133,333