Plan For Former Grace Hospital Site Includes Multi Unit Residential, High Quality Restaurants, National Retailers

Thursday July 16th, 2020

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The former Grace Hospital site as seen on Wednesday July 15th, 2020

The City of Windsor has selected Fairmount Properties to develop and design a mixed-use commercial and residential plan for the former Grace Hospital site at University and Crawford.

Fairmount, a company based in Orange Village, Ohio, was selected after an expression of interest process launched by the city in 2019 with goals for the urban revitalization and community renewal of the former hospital property.

Fairmount’s plan includes a mixed-use “International Village” anchored by residential, retail, dining, office and open space. City officials say the project will focus on “high quality urban renewal” while “protecting and enhancing the existing neighbourhood.”

Officials say the plan will consist of high and low rise residential buildings with restaurant, retail and commercial use on the main floors. The project will also feature a health care component with a primary health care provider on site.

Fairmount Principal Randy Ruttenberg says the development will offer “world-class 21st century housing options” with local, regional and national retailers, “culturally diverse markets” and “high quality restaurants.”

“We understand the significance of the faith and trust placed in us and are fully prepared to bring Windsor’s vision to reality,” Ruttenberg said.

Pinecrest, a mixed-use development created by Fairmount in Orange Village, Ohio.

“The vision presented by Fairmount Properties most clearly aligned with our goals,” said Mayor Drew Dilkens. “This is a sign that confirms what all of us already know, that the City of Windsor is an attractive location for investment and job creation, and it supports a terrific quality of life.”

Aerial view of the proposed plan for the former Grace site, looking southeast.

Fairmount will also be working with Windsor-area firms Architecttura and Oscar Construction Company Limited on the design and construction of the project, and the city says Fairmount will be consulting “with community stakeholders on specific project design features to ensure that the views of area residents are reflected in the final site plan.”

Officials say the financial details are still being worked out and Ruttenberg says the next steps for the plan include the negotiation of a development agreement and a two month visioning and community consultation process with goals to get shovels in the ground as soon as possible.

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