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With the construction of the future home of the Family Aquatic Complex in downtown Windsor, the loss of several hundred parking spaces is being anticipated by the City of Windsor.
The Aquatic Centre will displace both City workers and Windsor Police workers who park daily in lots on or near the site.
As of October 31st, 2012, the City of Windsor will take back ownership of a lot on Caron Street from St. Clair College, and City officials, in a report to Council, indicate that around 250 parkers will need to be accommodated elsewhere in the downtown core.
Officials recommend that a parking lot at the corner of Bruce and Chatham streets be dedicated to “hourly parkers” for the new facility.
The report stresses that several new ventures Downtown, including moves by the Windsor newspaper and the University of Windsor, will “further change the dynamics and demand for parking downtown”.
While demand for parking is expected to be more than the available supply in the area of the Family Aquatic Complex, City Traffic Operations Manager John Wolf — in a report to Council — concludes that “facilitating available parking options for all … at affordable rates, will become increasingly important”.