Proposed City and Pillette Village BIA Partnership for Streetscape Improvements
On Monday, February 28, Windsor City Council will be presented with an improvement plan to refresh and revitalize Pillette Village’s Wyandotte Avenue and Pillette Road streetscapes. The local business improvement area (BIA) association and City Administration are requesting a special consideration of Council for part of a $320,000 proposed renovation.
The City’s Urban Design Division undertook extensive consultation with other City departments, the Pillette Village BIA and ENWIN Utilities, which informed a report that the Development & Heritage Standing Committee considered and recommended. The details of the joint project would include the following:
Banners and banner poles
Address markers for buildings
New planters and greenery
New trash/recycle stations
In May 2018, planning staff conducted site visits of all nine of the City’s business improvement areas as a component of an Association of Municipalities of Ontario grant for the Main Street Revitalization Initiative Fund. The review of the current conditions of the Pillette Village BIA found much of the site furnishings had become dated and deteriorated.
The proposed design of the streetscape elements reflects the unique character of the BIA with a blend of Art Nouveau and Art Deco motifs. Coloured glass rondels and aluminum scroll work topping the banner polls will complement existing elements like the current benches. Place-making banners will identify the north-south Wyandotte Street gateways as well as the east and west gateways of Pillette Road.
“It has been 20 years since the Pillette Village BIA’s last major revitalization. We have seen tremendous success in neighborhood revitalization through the city, and investment in the business districts is key to attracting new customers as well as new businesses. These established business owners, new start-ups, and proud residents are passionate about their neighborhood. I am grateful for the amount of consultation that went into this proposal, and I look forward to what the City and BIA will achieve through this partnership.”
– City of Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens
“Riverside has always been a special community, where small business owners and services have been supported and appreciated by neighbourhood residents as well as customers from further away who value the unique products and great customer service. Pillette Village BIA business owners decided it was time for a ‘refresh’ and worked diligently to identify a theme and a new, exciting and enhanced update for the area. Working hand in hand with planning experts from the City, and partnering with City Council, they are going to provide an exciting change in the shopping experience for customers. Small businesses are the backbone of any successful community. I am very excited to be working with the Pillette Village businesses to enhance their district and implement their new look!”
– Ward 6 Councillor Jo-Anne Gignac
“BIAs are vital to our local economy, and they really know what will provide the greatest impact on business owners, customers, and surrounding residents. Walkability, climate change mitigation, and honouring the authentic character of the neighborhood all played a key role in the design elements this proposal recommends in Pillette Village.”
– Ward 5 Councillor Ed Sleiman
“Small business is vital to any city's economy, and Pillette Village hosts a number of individual businesses that cater to the local residential area as well as Windsor-Essex County. The proposed Capital Works Project will introduce a little touch of Europe and will feature first time design elements throughout the BIA. Pillette Village will be stepping forward in a positive and Art Nouveau way.”
– Bridget Scheuerman, Executive Director of the Pillette Village BIA