University Avenue and Wyandotte Street West Proposed
Community Improvement Plan (CIP)
The City of Windsor is preparing a community improvement plan (CIP) for University Avenue and Wyandotte Street West, and we want your input!
The University Avenue West corridor and Wyandotte Street West corridor from downtown to Huron Church Road play an important role in connecting neighbourhoods and providing a mix of commercial and residential uses. A new community improvement plan will review both the University Avenue West and Wyandotte Street West corridors from a comprehensive land-use perspective to suggest changes to the Official Plan and Zoning By-law and make recommendations for financial incentives aimed at revitalizing the two corridors.
· Review the draft Community Improvement Plan – www.citywindsor.ca, Search: University and Wyandotte CIP
· Please take our survey to have your say in the process before it closes on January 8, 2021.
· See our University Wyandotte CIP (Community Improvement Plan) video with Special Projects Planner Laura Diotte.
Proposed financial incentives include the Municipal Development Fees Grant Program, Commercial/Mixed Use Building Facade Improvement Program and Building/Property Improvement Tax Increment Grant Program, all of which aim to encourage development, redesign, renovation or restoration along the two corridors by providing a financial incentive to offset some of the costs associated with the improvement of commercial facades, building permits and tax increases.
Special attention to these corridors is needed to assess the area’s unique opportunities; aging infrastructure and buildings; and the important connections between the downtown and the University of Windsor. The corridors have been in decline and transition and will benefit from this targeted review.
“The successful completion of the expression of interest in the former Grace Hospital site and the exciting plans for that property underscore the reality that major economic renewal is just around the corner for the neighbourhoods just west of downtown. A robust CIP will further help boost prosperity for local families and small businesses and community input will be vital, moving forward,” said Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens.
"The strength of our neighbourhoods are dependent on the strength of our main streets. A CIP for both University Ave. W. and Wyandotte Ave. W. will help accelerate residential and commercial development along these two vital corridors, creating better walkability, connectivity and economic opportunities between our west side and downtown," said Ward 2 Councillor Fabio Costante.
What is a community improvement plan (CIP)?
A community improvement plan is a tool under the Planning Act to address communities in transition that are facing fiscal, economic, demographic and environmental pressures. Each neighbourhood within a municipality may be facing a different set of pressures and issues, and a community improvement plan allows a municipality to study, identify and propose recommendations specific to the neighbourhood. The community improvement plan tool has been used successfully in the city of Windsor (for example, Sandwich Towne, Ford City, downtown and along main streets) and has offered financial incentive programs aimed at addressing the issues in each neighbourhood.
For more information, visit www.citywindsor.ca, Search: University and Wyandotte CIP.
If you have any questions about the project, or have additional feedback for our team, please contact Laura Diotte by email at Ibdiotte@citywindsor.ca or by phone at 519-255-6543 ext. 6396.