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Windsor Heritage Committee To Ponder Fate Of Downtown Greek Church

Wednesday April 17th, 2013, 3:00pm

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“One of the outstanding building designs of the early 1970s, at a time when thousands of ordinary buildings were constructed” — that’s the description of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church near Downtown that Windsor’s Heritage Planner John Calhoun has given in a report to the Windsor Heritage Committee.

The church, which was built between 1962 and 1972, is listed on Windsor’s Heritage Register but church officials have put forward a request to have the building removed from the listing.

According to a church representative, in the report to the Heritage Committee, “the church feels that their church has no historical nor heritage significance nor any cultural heritage value whatsoever. Therefore, it should not be listed.”

The building and adjacent parking lot is host yearly to Carrousel of the Nations’ Greek Village.

According to the report, the church’s congregation is in the process of obtaining approvals for a new church on Walker Road, north of EC Row.

The report states that there is “a risk of quick demolition” if the building is “removed from the…Register” but if the church remains on the list, demolition could be requested and “Council will have time to decide whether to designate it or permit its removal”.

The matter goes to the Windsor Heritage Committee for consideration on Wednesday.

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