Two highlights of this week’s agenda are streetscape improvements to two very different areas of the city. First is Wyandotte Street West between Sunset and Campbell. This area is seen as the gateway to the city because of its location at the Ambassador Bridge and the University of Windsor. This area is scheduled to undergo storm and sanitary sewer improvements in the summer of 2011, and the city is now looking at carrying out improvements to the streetscape in conjunction with this work. On July 28th a meeting was held with members of that community and out of that came several recommendations including wider sidewalks, parking only on one side of the street, bile lanes, pedestrian lighting, fixed garbage cans so they can’t be tipped over and the addition of street trees. Administration is recommending that council hold another workshop to further explore design improvements and that a report be prepared by the city planner and city Engineer recommending measures to improve this stretch of road in 2011.
Second is new streetscape for Eire Street, known as La Bella Strada. Tenders were issues for this, and construction costs far exceed the current funding that was available for this project of $632,366.00. It is now recommended that the work be carried out in two different phases in 2011 and 2012. Costs rose dramatically because of several factors including the addition of a new storm sewer constriction at Parent and Eire, total water main replacement on Eire Street, an increase demand of 40% for patio construction from the original estimate and saturation of the construction market for time sensitive projects. Phase 1A is now expected to come in at $1,325,000.00 and phase 1B to be tendered on 2012 is budgeted at $1, 200, 00.00
Also before council is the Downtown Farmers Market. The Downtown Residence Association is requesting $89,416.00 in capital improvement to the market site, which sits on the old Greyhound Bus depot. Administration is making two recommendations on this request to council. The first is that this decision be referred to the 2011 capital budget deliberations, and second, that the Downtown Residence Association along with the DWBIA brings forward a report ahead of the 2011 budget deliberations identifying the most viable long term option for the summer farmer’s market going forward.
On the council communications portion of the agenda there are several site plans for new construction projects in the city. Spirol Industries Limited has a Site Plan requesting to permit the addition of a 21,000 square foot warehouse located at 3103 St. Etienne. There is an application from Academie Ste Cecile International School to construct an additional 2 storey dormitory located at 925 Cousineau. On the corner of Forest Glade and Tecumseh, the site of a long abandoned gas station, there is an application to permit construction of a retail and restaurant plaza. Also on the City’s east side, there is a Site Plan application to permit commercial retail located at 3155 Banwell Rd in the city’s far East Side.
Notice of Motions:
Councilor Halberstadt will bring forward the following Notice of Motion: That the City of Windsor applies to the Share the Road Cycling Coalition of Ontario for the designation as a Bicycling Friendly Community.
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