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Monday January 13th, 2014

Posted at 3:32pm

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A decision to go ahead with building a new Windsor City Hall building will be made at the upcoming Council meeting on January 20th.

A variety of reports presented to city council dating back to 1985 have indicated the deteriorating conditions of the current building at 350 City Hall Square. Several plans have been proposed to combat the issue including site maintenance, renovations, construction of a new building and construction of a new building including tenets to offset costs.

The plan, if approved, will see a larger facility built capable of housing more services and possible tenants. Windsor’s municipal services divided between the two buildings located at 350 City Hall Square and 400 City Hall Square could be consolidated into the new building with some space to spare.

“Building size will be about 155,000 square feet, height to be designed and [the] building will be just south of the existing city hall,” says City of Windsor chief engineer Mario Sonego.

The proposal includes Public Works and Government Services Canada as a primary tenant in the new building, utilizing 50,000 square feet of the location. The possible tenant is offering $16.9 million to contribute to the project’s estimated $46.75 million budget.

If approved on January 20th, Sonego says, “next steps are to do an RFP (request for proposal) to retain designers and retain other services. At the same time we have to finish negotiations with PWGSC, figure out project details like parking (may need other agreements), where to stage construction, deal with existing buildings and many other project management steps.”

If the project is approved, Windsor may have a new City Hall building by 2017 and construction could begin as early as 2014-2015.

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