Repurposing Renovations Taking Shape At Former Downtown Electric Streetcar Barn

Wednesday October 23rd, 2013

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Extensive work has been taking place to re-purpose University Avenue West’s former Railway Car Barn.

Property owners George Sofos, Van Niforos, Charles Faubert and Veronica Faubert intend to transform the property into a cultural hub, including a second location for Windsor’s The Penalty Box, an urban farm, educational centre and tourist destination.

Over the past several months, the exterior has been replaced with bright, natural-looking bricks, windows were installed and a new roof is going in before interior renovations begin.

A 3,000 square foot green house is planned for the rear of the property which will grow produce for the restaurant. The greenhouse area will be open to the public and will serve as an urban agricultural education facility.

The building has stood for over 120 years as a “long-standing landmark on University Avenue West” according to a City report.

The Barn is an old repair and storage facility for the Sandwich, Windsor & Amherstburg Railway Company, and had sat unused for a number of years.

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