Enwin Looking To Move Offices From Downtown Core

Friday November 9th, 2018

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Enwin is looking at moving their office employees from their longtime Ouellette Avenue location to their other facility on Rhodes Drive.

According to Enwin, a single location would provide a significant reduction in overhead, maintenance, and repair bills.

“We want to do everything in our power to keep costs low and service high,” said Helga Reidel, President & CEO of ENWIN. “Over the past few years, we have managed
this by combining the efforts of our water and electricity divisions, eliminating redundancy and modernizing our operating systems.”

The idea under consideration involves renovations within the existing footprint at the Rhodes Drive Operations Centre to accommodate most of ENWIN’s employees
under one roof. The remaining handful of employees are needed daily, on-site at the Wyandotte water plant.

“There are currently fewer than 100 employees at the Ouellette Avenue office building,” said Reidel. “With more than 40,000 square feet of office space, there are
large parts of the building that are underutilized. The costs of maintaining unneeded office space cannot be justified over the long term.”

When the Rhodes Drive facility was originally built, it was designed to accommodate all staff under one roof.

“We are excited about continuing to build ENWIN for the future, and are always looking for ways to provide better service while reducing costs,” said Reidel. “But we are also very much aware of the needs of our downtown customers.”

ENWIN is also exploring measures to ensure a customer service kiosk of some kind remains available in the downtown area.

They also say that with the City’s Downtown Community Improvement Plan offering grant funding for façade and other improvements and the current streetscape project underway on that part of Ouellette Avenue, they believe they could attract a buyer who wants to help develop and cultivate a downtown that is both historical and current.

“We hope a suitable buyer can be found, with a great plan for repurposing this building,” concluded Reidel.

 

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