Federal Government Puts Paul Martin Building Up For Sale

Wednesday June 4th, 2014

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The Paul Martin Building as seen in Google Street View

The Federal Government is putting the Paul Martin building in downtown Windsor up for sale.

The government is “seeking options for the future use or disposal of 185 Ouellette Avenue.”

In a request for information posted by the government, Wednesday, the building is listed as a “surplus asset” that will be “disposed of in accordance with Federal Government disposal policy.”

The report states the six storey structure, constructed between 1933 and 1934, contains a gross floor area of 14,536 square metre and many of the building’s systems have “exceeded their normal life expectancy.”

Despite their being asbestos in the building, it is said to be contained and does not pose a health and safety risk to occupants.

The report says the Tyndall limestone exterior has deteriorated and will need to be addressed by any potential buyer.

Since the building is a federal heritage building, potential buyers are being told any plans to demolish, alter, remove or change the heritage features must be approved by the City of Windsor.

Public Works and Government Services Canada is looking to gauge private sector interest to provide long term accommodation for the agencies currently in the building. They’re looking for a 10 year lease at a space between Riverside Drive, McDougall, Wyandotte and Janette — roughly in the downtown core.

The government hopes to move its agencies to a new location starting on or before March 1st, 2017, and need around 4000 square metres of space.

There’s no price tag on the Paul Martin Building yet but the government is planning to hold an “Industry Engagement Day” session on June 19th to consult with the commercial real estate industry.

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