Retail space being made into parking space
By Nate Hinckley
On Nov. 28, Windsor’s City Council revisited the issue of the Pelissier parking garage and the retail space under it. Many of the same issues were brought up from prior debates.
The city has tried to fill the retail space under the Pelissier Street parking garage since 2005.
Larry Horwitz, chairman of the Downtown Windsor Business Improvement Area made an emotional case to city council to keep the retail space.
Horwitz showed city council 255 letters from downtown residents who are in favour of keeping the space dedicated to retail operations.
“Like most great opportunities, time is very limited,” said Horwitz.
Other retail owners and members of the public were at council showing their support to stop the demolition of the lower retail space.
Bob Williams, executive director of Windsor Pride Community Centre spoke on behalf of Windsor Pride Office, which is currently housed in the space.
“The Windsor Pride Community Centre asks for your indulgence. If it’s deferred again I’m going to ask that there’s a way we can be at the table. Mr. Mayor, we’d like to be at the table to help continue this conversation,” said Williams.
After four hours of discussion Windsor City Council voted 7 to 4 in favour of changing the retail space into parking space. The current tenants will have six months to vacate the space under the garage.