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Ontario Economic update
Monday, 08 February 2016, 12:42:22 AM

Ontario economic update for Windsor 2016

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Conference Board of Canada reports Windsor is one of 3 postive short and long term expectations out of 28
Saturday, 22 February 2014, 01:05:34 AM
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More great news for Windsor

The Conference Board of Canada reports that only 3 out of 28  CMAs Have Both Positive Short- and Long-Term Expectations

Windsor is one of them

Sherbrook and Toronto

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Windsor Hits jackpot!!, Federal governement committs over 1.1 billion dollars to Windsor over 2 years
Thursday, 13 February 2014, 10:45:17 PM
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631 Million dollars is committed to the New international Bridge between  Windsor and Detroit. This translates into   more than ten thousand jobs for the area.

Another 500 million dolalrs helps secure the Chrysler minivan plant to Windsor. Chruylser is looking at a 2 billion dollar  upgrade to  the Windsor minivan plant.

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Sheila Fellmayer
Thursday, 12 September 2013, 09:58:00 PM

 

The lovely and free spirited Sheila Fellmayer and I

In loving memory of Sheila Fellmayer

Sheila, you  will always be part of Mettawas and forever in our hearts.

 

Sheila

 

Sheila Fellmayer

Feb 20,1944- September 6, 2013

 


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Big Increase in January Commercial Building permits
Monday, 04 February 2013, 10:42:00 AM

Commercial Building permits  in the City of Windsor got off to a great start in January with a giant leap  of more than 3 million dollars compared to January 2012.   The commercial construction value of the permits  City of Windsor issued were  $11.4 million dollars compared to $7.9 million  in January 2012..

The commercial permits increased in January 2012 from $715,750 a year ago to $6.7 million, government and institutional leaped  from $72,450 to $1.1 million and industrial increased from $80,500 to $170,000. Residential  fell from $7 million to $3.3 million

The major projects listed for January included construction of an addition to the Windsor Essex County Children’s Aid Society office at 1671 Riverside Dr. E. for $3.5 million, renovations to an existing commercial centre at 4510 Rhodes Dr. for $1.1 million, renovations to a diagnostic imaging centre at Hotel-Dieu Grace Hospital for $422,000 and renovations to a Windsor Vision Centre office at 4072 Walker Rd. for $300,000.

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Windsor, Ontario to build $66 million library, pool for 2013 International Children's Games
Tuesday, 25 October 2011, 02:55:40 PM

Windsor, Ontario to build $66 million library, pool for 2013 International Children's Games

RON STANG

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Windsor city hall is proceeding with a new combination library and aquatic centre within a timeline those in the construction industry fear may be a little too short.

The estimated $66.3 million 130,000 square foot centre would fill a huge two block open space on prime land in downtown Windsor, originally expropriated more than two decades ago to build a new city arena.

The arena eventually was constructed on the city’s east side in 2008. And while there have been numerous alternate proposals for the downtown vacant land — from an aquarium to urban canal with upscale shops — none have come to fruition.

The city decided to go with the aquatic centre after snagging the designation as host city for the August 2013 International Children’s Games, a kind of kids Olympics. At the same time, it decided to combine the centre with a new central library building.

The centre itself would have a 50 metre Olympic pool and dive tank, as well as family-oriented features such as water slides and a wave pool, though final details have to be worked out. But the way the process has been handled has raised concerns in the local construction sector.

Jim Lyons, executive director of the Windsor Construction Association, said the fact construction is not scheduled to begin until January and is expected to wrap up in summer 2013 is very tight.

“Our people are really concerned because there’s so much to be done and so little time,” he said.

Compounding the situation is the fact the city revamped its RFP process, losing even more time.

The city this summer put out an RFP for firms that had experience designing pools but which could also act as an overall consultant on the project. It obtained six bids.

City councillor Drew Dilkens, who heads the aquatic centre committee, said that because of the “compressed time line” the city wanted someone with these overlapping skills.

He said the objective was to award the project to someone who could “throw ideas on the table” or “say, if you do this it’s going to cost you $400,000 but if you try this one it’s only $200,000 and it gets you the same effect.”

But no bid met those criteria, he said.

So the city cancelled the RFP and hired Wisconsin-based aquatic facility experts Ramaker & Associates Inc., whose resume includes a new waterpark at Vermont’s Jay Peak and Wisconsin’s Kalahari Resort. Ramaker also has expertise in civil engineering and building design.

Company vice president Daryl Matzke, who has been in Windsor working with city officials and community stakeholders, said this is the firm’s first combination library and aquatic centre. “Combined together, yes,” he said. “Have we done them separately — absolutely.”

The city is now putting together a new RFP that is aimed at design-build contractors only. But prior to that it will be asking builders with expertise to come forward.

Windsor will provide Ramaker’s “baseline document” or Owner Statement of Requirements (OSR) to an approved short list and they will be invited to bid.

The new RFP went out after Sept. 30. City council will decide on the builder by Dec. 5 “at the latest,” Dilkens said.

Lyons said some of those who bid in the earlier RFP are upset because they had “put in some money and time into their proposals,” in some cases as much as $10 – $15,000.

“They got a letter just saying thanks for being part of the process, you didn’t meet our criteria,” he said.

But Lyons said he has seen “what (these contractors) accomplished in the past. I don’t get it. I took some phone calls from some very upset people.”

Lyons participated this month in a stakeholder charette for the project and wishes the city well.

“That’s all wonderful,” he said. “Hopefully it will happen and in August (2013) we’re going to be able to open the doors for the facility and be proud.”

But he said there are definite hurdles.

Starting the job in “the middle of winter” is not optimum for excavating and a wet spring could delay the project. This past spring’s rains caused more than 40 days in construction delays, he said. “That’s significant.”

Dilkens said the 18 month timeline is the same as the city had for building its new arena and the aquatic project has “less work to do overall.”

But, said Lyons, the arena “had drawings already done. They don’t have drawings now. It’s design-build.”

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Connecting Our Community: Essex to Amherstburg Greenway Trail
Monday, 17 October 2011, 10:10:06 AM
PLEASE VOTE -  It is important to connect our community from Essex to Amherstburg Greenway Trail
Please vote each day in support of the Essex-Amherstburg Greenway.  PLEASE take the few seconds each day to click on the link and cast your daily vote.  This phase of the competition ends October 19.
Please click below to show your support for this much needed proposal.
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Mettawas Lane Potluck
Monday, 17 October 2011, 09:26:42 AM

Mettawas Lane Potluck

 

Mettawas Potluck - What a delightful group of Residents!  The latest Mettawas Potluck had a great turn out and the food, well let's just say the top  gourmet restaurants of the world could not even come close to compete. Everything from  Sues healthiest grilled vegetable salad to Joanne's bread pudding with rum sauce was just out of this world.  Thank you again to the Mettawas community.

 

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