Library To Move Into Paul Martin Building

Wednesday April 17th, 2019

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The Windsor Public Library is moving into the Paul Martin Building at 185 Ouellette Avenue after the city purchased from the federal government for $10.

“After years of collaboration, our federal government is pleased to announce that we are transferring the Paul Martin Building to the City of Windsor. We recognize how important this heritage building is to the downtown landscape and have worked to ensure it remains accessible to the public for generations to come. Our government looks forward to seeing how the City of Windsor transforms this historic building into a vibrant public space,” said Steven MacKinnon, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility.

The city will use the addition on the back as a temporary site for the Central Library over two floors.

“This site is in a prime location, close to bus and bicycle routes with plenty of parking available in the area, and it’s convenient for St. Clair College and University of Windsor students,” says Windsor Public Library CEO Kitty Pope. “Moving here temporarily will provide our board the time to properly research and plan for a permanent home while also bringing foot traffic to the core”.

Investment in Windsor’s downtown core has been growing, with Quicken Loans moving into the old Fish Market Building, the Windsor Essex Economic Development Corporation moving into the former Beer Market location and the nearby Pour House being purchased as well.

“The University and the College really got the ball rolling with their moves to the city core and with these most recent moves coupled with today’s announcement we’re excited about Windsor’s downtown,” said Mayor Dilkens.

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