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Old May 24th, 2013, 08:22 AM   #81
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I understand its sitting on prime downtown real estate but that is really sad .. such an important piece of Windsors history.

Geesh. :/
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Old June 13th, 2013, 06:06 PM   #82
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I don't believe they are demolishing it. I think they are using the building itself...at least the shell of it.
If I heard correctly.
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Old June 13th, 2013, 06:08 PM   #83
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The Aquatic Centre is moving along
http://www.citywindsor.ca/mayorandco...c-Complex.aspx

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Old September 13th, 2013, 08:10 AM   #84
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Sisemen Corporation is going to be buying up land around the Windsor area and soon going to be working on lots of projects. 519-971-5179. www.sisemen.ca
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Old September 13th, 2013, 03:05 PM   #85
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Sisemen Corporation is going to be buying up land around the Windsor area and soon going to be working on lots of projects. 519-971-5179. www.sisemen.ca
I hope the land is not naturally sensitive! There are tiny pockets around Windsor that support some plants that do not grow anywhere else in Canada. Literally handfuls of rare plants growing naturally.

What kind of projects and what land are you buying?
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Old September 30th, 2013, 05:35 AM   #86
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I had pictures of construction of the Aquatic Centre in August, but I stupidily deleted them from memory card in my BlackBerry, d'oh!
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Good news for the city and airport.

http://blogs.windsorstar.com/2013/10...stitute-forms/
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Old November 14th, 2013, 10:32 PM   #89
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Heartbreaking news for nearby Leamington as the H.J. Heinz Tomato processing plant will close in mid 2014, putting 800 people out of work.

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By John Miner, The London Free Press
Thursday, November 14, 2013 3:25:00 EST PM



Ontario is losing a processing giant and 800 jobs with the announcement Thursday that H.J. Heinz is shutting down its Leamington operation next summer.

Leamington is Heinz's second largest plant in the world.

Workers at the plant were given the news Thursday afternoon.

Heinz established the Leamington operations in 1909, its first outside of the United States.

Heinz was bought earlier this year and taken private by Berkshire Hathaway and 3G Capital.

In October, McDonald's Corp. announced it was cutting its relationship with Heinz.

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Several demanded to know where Ontario's Agriculture Minister and Premier was.

NDP leader Andrea Horwath issued a statement calling the plant closure a devastating blow to workers in Leamington and their families. She partly blamed the federal government for the decision by Heinz.

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The Heinz announcement is one in a string of Ontario processing plant closures that included a sweet corn and pea canning factory in Exeter and a fruit canning plant near Niagara-on-the-Lake.

In the letter given to employees Thursday, Heinz said it had evaluated all of its North American operations. In addition to shutting down the Leamington plant in mid-year 2014, Heinz said it is closing two plant in the United States.

"The decision is not a reflection on the commitment of our employees or the quality of the product you make. It is based primarily on excess capacity in our North American manufacturing system," the Heinz letter to employees said.

Heinz said it recognized the announcement is difficult news to hear.

"We want you to know this decision was not made in haste and numerous alternatives and options were explored before taking the action."
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Can blame McDonald's for that.
I will now Boycott McDonald's.
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Old November 28th, 2013, 08:21 PM   #91
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I had McDonald's for lunch today.
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Old November 29th, 2013, 03:30 AM   #92
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I had McDonald's for lunch today.
You should be ashamed of yourself, my friend...

Speaking of Windsor developments (even though this is long overdue), but here's a look at Windsor's new VIA train station which opened last September...

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Old November 30th, 2013, 08:18 PM   #93
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Windsor's new aquatic centre downtown under construction in August:

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Mid-November:

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The facility officially opens on December 27, 2013.
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Old November 30th, 2013, 08:21 PM   #94
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The former Windsor Star (city's newspaper) building is being converted into the University of Windsor School of Social Work and the Centre for Executive and Professional Education.

The back of the building is being demolished and will be reconstructed, but the front facade and original building will be preserved

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Old December 2nd, 2013, 11:09 PM   #95
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Yes I am very happy they kept the front... and I'm extremely happy they kept the oldest part of that building (which is not seen in your pics)
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Old February 3rd, 2014, 07:35 PM   #96
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Canada's already done its part in paving the way for a new Windsor-Detroit bridge, now we just need the U.S. to commit to building a customs plaza, and the federal government has already bought the land to speed up the process:

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The site of the proposed DRIC crossing on Friday, April 23, 2010. (TYLER BROWNBRIDGE / The Windsor Star)


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Feb 02, 2014 - 9:54 PM EST
Last Updated: Feb 03, 2014 - 10:33 AM EST


DETROIT — The Canadian government plans to start buying land in Detroit for the U.S. portion of a new bridge linking the nations, a Canadian official said in a report published Sunday, a move that bypasses opponents of the project and comes as the U.S. government hasn’t yet allocated money.

The $2 billion-plus project to add a second span across the Detroit River between Detroit and Windsor is simply too important to delay, outgoing Canadian Consul General Roy Norton in Detroit told the Detroit Free Press.

Canada is paying most of the project’s cost on both sides of the border. It plans to recoup the cost with tolls travelling in both directions. Officials have said they hope to open the New International Trade Crossing in 2020 and construction of the province-funded Herb Gray Parkway is well underway, providing a route from the 401 to the new crossing.

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Last month, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder complained about the Obama administration’s failure to commit $250 million for a border inspection plaza.

“The U.S. government has largely taken a position that they don’t think they should pay anything for a facility for the United States government,” Snyder said. “In the meantime, I wouldn’t want to see the rest of the bridge held up over what you might describe as a somewhat difficult-to-understand attitude.”

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If Canada’s land purchases begin this year, officials say they hope most of the about 1,000 parcels will be acquired by the end of 2015. Condemnation proceedings on parcels where owners refuse to sell may stretch into 2016, but that wouldn’t necessarily delay construction work since Michigan law lets the government take possession and settle on the sale price later in court.

Ultimately, the U.S. government should come across with the money for its side of the plaza, Norton said.

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Transport Canada spokesman Mark Butler told The Star Sunday night that the bridge project remains a top priority for Canada. “A new bridge is needed for growing trade and traffic at the busiest Canada-U.S. commercial border crossing,” he said in an email. He also said the project will create thousands of jobs and opportunities on both sides of the river.

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Looks like the Heinz plant in Leamington will remain open after Highbury Canco acquires the plant! A sigh of relief for Leamington!

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Heinz announces deal to keep Leamington, Ont. plant in operation

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Published Thursday, February 27, 2014 9:25AM EST

The Canadian company Highbury Canco Corporation has signed a letter of intent to acquire the Heinz processing facility in Leamington, Ont., where it will operate as a co-packer for the ketchup-maker.

"Heinz received many expressions of interest in the facility, and we are able to identify a strong new partner for the community and for Heinz," senior vice-president of Heinz Michael Mullen said in the news release Thursday.
Under the terms of the deal, Highbury Canco will continue to manufacture certain Heinz products in addition to providing the company with certain distribution and logistics services.

Heinz announces deal to keep Leamington, Ont. plant in operation.
Highbury said it intends to employ about 250 people and additional seasonal workers. The company said it also has growth plans, including “subsequent investment,” which could lead to more jobs in the future.

"The Leamington Plant has an excellent workforce and Ontario's farmers are amongst the best in the world," said Highbury Canco spokesperson Pradeeb Sood said. "We believe that our investment will be the cornerstone to providing Ontario's agricultural products around the world, not just in Canada."

Sood added that he is "looking forward to working closely" with local farmers, the Leamington workforce and all levels of government to finalize the agreement.

The union representing workers at the Heinz plant said it was pleased with Thursday’s announcement. “We welcome the prospect of good jobs being maintained at the plant, which has served as the keystone of Leamington’s economy for generations,” said Robert Crawford, president of UFCW Canada Local 459.

The union added that Highbury Canco said it planned to respect collective bargaining rights.

Meanwhile, Ontario’s minister of economic development Eric Hoskins called the tentative deal “a testament to the world-class agri-food industry in Leamington and the workers, families, businesses and leadership that support it."

The food giant announced last fall that it would shutter its 105-year-old Leamington plant in June 2014, putting almost 800 full-time employees out of work, along with another 500 seasonal workers.

The news came as a shock to the community of 28,000, as Heinz is the largest employer in Leamington -- dubbed the "tomato capital of Canada."
Leamington's mayor said the town was extremely pleased with the deal, but noted that it hadn't been finalized yet.

"This is just a letter of intent," said Mayor John Paterson. "But you know what, it's a big sunshine ray of hope for our future."

Paterson added that he had "no visions of grandeur" that the new company would hire all of Heinz's existing plant workers immediately, but said he would be watching to see if Highbury Canco would expand as it planned to.

Paterson said several business proposals emerged since Heinz announced the plant’s closure last November, and that the municipality had been trying to lure investment by arranging attractive water and property taxes for the interested party.
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Within 10 years or less, Windsor could see a very much welcome new "Mega Hospital". Right now, it's in the site selection and architectural planning stages. It could also mean fewer trips to London's hospital and health care facilities (and, heck, even Detroit's).

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Windsor one step closer to mega-hospital

Joel Boyce, Windsor Star
Mar 01, 2014 - 2:31 PM EDT

Windsor has taken another significant step in the long journey toward building a state-of-the-art acute-care hospital.

The provincial government has given the committee overseeing the project permission to proceed to the next stage in the process, known as Stage 1B, MPP Teresa Piruzza (L — Windsor West) announced during a Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Friday.

The response from Windsor Regional Hospital CEO David Musyj was: “This is exciting for the whole community.”

Stage 1B will get into specifics for this “mega-hospital,” which will become the single acute care hospital in the Windsor region.

Highlights of Stage 1B include the site selection, architectural master plans, an implementation schedule, detailed analysis of services that will be integrated at this hospital, high-level funding and financing plans, and the future use of existing facilities.

The Stage 1B process should take 9-12 months to complete.

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This next stage will also include talks about what services will stay and what changes will occur at Windsor Regional’s existing sites. Windsor Regional currently operates acute services at two locations – the Met campus in South Walkerville and the downtown Ouellette campus (formerly Hotel-Dieu Grace, which last year moved to the Tayfour campus in West Windsor to provide non-acute services.)

Some may question the need for a new facility, said Musyj. He responds with a question of his own: “Do we reinvest or continue to reinvest in aging infrastructure or do we work toward building a new state-of-the-art acute-care hospital.”

Windsor Regional’s two campuses are increasingly out of date and unable to meet the needs of patients, staff and medical students, according to Musyj.

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A link at windsorhospitals.ca asks people to get involved and informed. Residents can leave their name and contact information, to stay connected with the latest information and participate in the capital planning process for the new modern hospital.

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According to the CEO, the process isn’t about planning for hospital needs 10 years from now, but what’s going to be needed in the hospital 30 or 50 years down the line.

“This facility is going to be with us for a lifetime,” he added. “We have to do it right.”

There are plans to find a warehouse and build mock-ups of hospital areas such as an emergency department or hospital room, and invite the community in before it’s permanently built, Musyj said. Members of the public will have the opportunity to look at plans, so they can make recommendations and suggestions on accessibility and specific amenities.

“We’re going to make sure they are directly involved in designing this facility,” he said. “If they ever have to use it, we want them to be comfortable. They’re the people who use it so we need their opinion on it.”

Musyj said he is frequently asked about the new hospital’s location, which is still up in the air.

The new site will need 50 to 60 acres, site configurations to accommodate parking and expansions, and easy access to the site by car, public transit, ambulance, service vehicles and emergency vehicles. The process will also take into consideration zoning issues, existing use, availability of municipal services and the cost of land. It will also need a helicopter pad.

If everything moves efficiently, the doors to the new hospital could open in 7 to 10 years, Musyj said.

He added the process wouldn’t be nearly as advanced without Piruzza’s support and assistance.

“Teresa has been steadfast in her support for this,” Musyj said. “No matter what your political beliefs are, without her we wouldn’t be moving forward. She is making sure this moves forward and there are no delays.”

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Four-storey restaurant and bar building planned for a vacant lot in downtown Windsor...

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Multi-million dollar restaurant and bar planned for vacant downtown lot

Beatrice Fantoni, Windsor Star
Mar 11, 2014 - 2:56 PM EDT

A brand new four-storey high-end restaurant and bar complex is planned for a vacant lot in downtown Windsor.

Downtown Business Improvement Association chair Larry Horwitz confirmed the project, which comes with a “multi-million dollar” price tag, is working its way through the city’s site planning process and should be up for final approval by city council in the coming weeks.

“It could be the beginning of the next phase of downtown,” Horwitz said of the proposed building, which would fill in the space left by the former Drunkin’ Burrito at Ouellette Avenue and Park Street, which burned down in early 2011.

Horwitz said the project is the brainchild of a group of four investors from the private sector. They have kept a very low profile and communicate through a spokesperson, he said, so he could not provide their names to The Star for comment.

The fact that private investors are showing confidence in the downtown core by willfully putting money into a project there is positive, Horwitz said.

“That hasn’t been done in a long time,” Horwitz said of private construction projects in the downtown core. “If you look at it, it’s all been government investment,” he said, referring to other major projects like the new aquatic centre.

Officials from the city’s planning department said they expect to see revised drawings for the proposed restaurant and bar before sending the finalized project to council for approval, possibly in early April. As per city policy, all site plan applications for projects in the downtown core must be approved by council.

Horwitz said the proposed restaurant-bar-nightclub combination will be “very high end” and is “looking to attract people from all over.” From the planning documents he had seen, Horwitz said, the design looks to be quite modern and includes balconies.

Horwitz said the BIA is trying to be a mediator between the project proponents and local businesses which have raised some concerns over the initial designs. Based on the current design, some variances have been requested to accommodate features like jutting patios and a catwalk to the nearby parking garage, he said. And of course, the businesses nearby are just looking to better understand how such a project would affect their day-to-day operations, Horwitz said.

“I think they can be addressed by the proponents easily,” he said, referring to the concerns.

If the project makes it through all the approvals and if neighbours’ concerns are properly addressed, then construction could begin soon, he said.

In January 2011 the Drunkin’ Burrito went up in flames in what Windsor police considered to be an arson case. No one was hurt in the fire, according to Star reports, and firefighters estimated the damage to the business and some of the nearby units to be around $2 million.

Damage was so extensive that the property was eventually razed, leaving a vacant lot between the Awesome clothing store and the Crazy Horse Saloon.
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Anything new going on in Windsor in terms of developments? Thread's been dead for a couple of years.

Seems like the only new major projects going on are the extension to the 401 and the new Gordie Howe Bridge going up.
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