Feds Weighing Options For Future Of Paul Martin Building

Tuesday December 30th, 2014

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The Federal Government is looking at 19 different expressions of interests for the future of the Paul Martin building in Downtown Windsor, along with new accommodations for the federal services currently operated out of the building.

Back in June, Public Works and Government Services Canada posted a Request for Information online to gauge private sector interest in providing long-term accommodation in downtown Windsor for the Canada Revenue Agency, as well as the future use or disposal of the Paul Martin building located at 185 Ouellette Avenue.

The six storey structure, constructed between 1933 and 1934, contains a gross floor area of 14,536 square metres and many of the building’s systems have “exceeded their normal life expectancy,” according to the Request for Information documents.

Spokesperson Annie Trépanier says that “in response to this RFI we received expressions of interest from 19 companies from Windsor and other cities, during our Industry Day, as well as during follow-up one-on-one sessions.”

Options are now being considered, and Trépanier says that a decision will be made in due course.

In the meantime, hoarding remains in place to ensure the safety of pedestrians.

Trepanier says that Public Works and Government Services Canada “uses regular third-party inspection reports to identify any work requiring immediate attention, and takes action to address all immediate repair needs.”

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