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Monday December 17th, 2012

Posted at 12:00pm

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File photo of the Glengarry-Marentette area

In the shadow of Caesars Windsor, an area of Downtown Windsor known as the Glengarry-Marentette Waterfront Village, has been under a project to transform the area into a more vibrant part of Downtown.

Back in 2003, the City of Windsor completed a study with the intent to improve the area EAST of Caesars Windsor, which had become a parking wasteland, full of burned out houses that have caught on fire.

Over time, City Council voted to demolish a number of derelict houses in the area and much progress has been made so far.

A number of parking lots in the area do not meet city standards with regard to paving, landscaping and access. City Council set a deadline of September 30th, 2013 for parking lots in the area to be brought up to standards, which include surrounding brick walls, iron fencing, decorative stone pillars and pavement instead of gravel and dirt. Designs for the lots will fit into the theme of Caesars Windsor.

Parking lot owners had until November 30th of this year to “[complete] all required drainage, curbing and paving, and lighting”.

The City of Windsor is now proceeding with “formal prosecution” against the owners of seven parking lots which haven’t met the measures set forth by City Council.

A report to City Council says that lots at 0, 172, 182, 268, 276, 284 and 290 Glengarry Avenue are not in compliance and Building Inspectors will “file charges on a weekly basis” to stop the illegal parking. Fines are up to $25,000 for property owners and up to $10,000 a day for subsequent offences.

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