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Tuesday September 3rd, 2013

Posted at 3:00pm

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After several months of negations with Suncor Energy, the City of Windsor has finally come to a lease agreement for a 2,300 square metre park in Sandwich Town.

The park, which is located at the corner of Detroit and Sandwich Street, was once a Petro-Canada gas station, which closed 1992.

The gas station’s buildings were knocked down and the property was covered with gravel and left in poor condition. In 1995, the city entered into a one year lease with Suncor Energy to maintain the property and create a small park while the land went up for sale. The lease was for $1.

Even though the lease was just for one year, the City’s Parks department has continued to maintain the site as it is on a lawn maintenance route with Patterson Park across the street. The extra maintenance is estimated to cost only about $75 weekly.

In 2011, city administration recommended the city stop maintaining it as a park and notify the property owners they would have to assume the maintenance.

Under a new agreement with Suncor Energy, the City of Windsor will maintain the land as a park/International Peace Garden for a lease of $1 a year for ten years, and will be responsible for the for the payment of the real estate taxes owing on the property for the term of the lease.

It goes to City Council for final approval next Monday.

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