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The Future of Adie Knox

  Hi Friends, As you may have heard or read, the City and the University of Windsor announced a partnership that would see the sharing of the newly constructed University pool and a complete overhaul of Adie Knox into a robust community centre. I want to share with you all that I know so far about the plan, and more importantly, I want to hear from you about it. The high level details of this $42million investment that is subject to community consultation and Council approval, includes two main components. They Are as follows: 1)      City – University Partnership -         93% of pool programming at Adie Knox will be available at the same time at the UofW pool for City residents and the community -         City residents will have free onsite parking -         User fees will be the exact same as is currently being paid at Adie Knox -         Pool temperature will be more or less the same (approximately 1 to 2 degrees less at the UofW Pool) -         The UofW pool will b

Building Up Our West End: Monthly Update

Hi Friends,  It has been a busy winter with several positive developments for the west-end. As the weather gets a bit warmer and we head into spring, I am hopeful that with each day passing, COVID is further and further behind us and we can finally get to some place of normalcy.  The Residential Rental License We finally did it! Council directed administration to draft a Residential Rental License bylaw, to be piloted in Wards 1 & 2, with the intent that it be rolled out City-wide after the pilot. I campaigned on this issue and it was something that I felt strongly about well before I was elected to City Council. Although the RRL will not solve all of the challenges in our neighbourhoods as it relates to housing, it is a critical component of a multi-pronged solution to creating safer and stronger neighbourhoods. A big thank you to the majority of City Council for supporting my motion, and especially to the residents in my community who have been fighting for this for nea

Ward 2 Update, City Budget and RRL

Hi Friends,  I wanted to give an update since I last blogged on some developments in Ward 2, including the City Budget that was just passed and the Residential Rental License debate that will be coming to Council on March 8th.  Sandwich Street Sewer Relining and Road Reconstruction Thanks to $12million in community benefits from the Gordie Howe Bridge and $8.6million from City Council, the sewer relining and road reconstruction of Sandwich Street has begun. This project will be from the roundabout to the new Gordie Howe Bridge and will include streetscaping, new bike lanes and many other features that will span over 3km in length. This is much needed and will be wonderful for local residents, businesses and those coming to and out of Sandwich Town.  McKee Park Shoreline and Boat Dock At our budget meeting, Council approved $150,000 for shoreline protection, in addition to $200,000 being provided by the Gordie Howe Bridge Community Benefits. In addition, the City recently fixed the boat

City Council meeting - Oct. 19

Friends,  Happy to report some positive developments at today's Council meeting that just concluded. They are as follows:  1) Council directed administration to draft a licensing bylaw for short term rentals (i.e. Air B&Bs, etc.) in our City. The licensing bylaw will effectively prohibit investors from purchasing properties and renting them out as short-term rentals. Only properties that are the principal residence of the homeowner could be rented out. This will help mitigate issues such as noise, parking concerns, safety and general nuisance, and further free up much needed housing for permanent tenants and homeowners.  2) Council extended the food hub at Adie Knox until the end of the year. The Unemployed Help Centre is currently running a food hub for those in need at the ice pad at Adie Knox and requested to continue the service until at least the end of the year. This service was put in place as a result of COVID related measures and for community safety and support.  3) I

Ward 2 Update

Hi Friends,  It has been a while since I last posted on here. Due to COVID-19, all ward meetings across the city will be postponed this year but we will be hosting a telephone town hall this upcoming Thursday, October 8th at 6:30pm. More details to come on this so stay tuned and mark the date and time in your calendar!  I would like to post only some updates since my last post in no particular order of priority or sequence. I know I'll be missing some things but I intend to regularly blog here and share information on my social media sites (facebook and twitter) moving forward.  Sandwich Street Reconstruction There has been some developments on the Sandwich St. reconstruction project. If you recall, the WDBA, through the Gordie Howe Community Benefits fund, allocated $12million to this project. Thanks to the support of City Council, the City this past year allocated an additional $13.8million. Some preliminary work has started including archeological testing and site testing for se

The Celestial Beacon

Friends and Neighbours,  Today City Council voted in favour of moving forward with the Celestial Beacon project in an 8-2 majority vote. For those who may have been unable to watch the Council meeting, I would like to explain my rationale for voting in favour of this project and why I think it will be a net benefit to our community, both as a west-end community and a City at large.  Before I dive into the contents of the matter, I want to thank everyone who emailed, called and expressed concern and excitement over the development. On the spectrum, some residents did not want the development at all, some expressed concerns, and some were very excited to move forward with the Celestial Beacon development. These varying views weighed heavily on me and after much discussion, listening, learning, researching and weighing all factors, I made a decision that was difficult but I believe to be the right one.  History and Context   Approximately 20 years ago, the City Council of the da

Some Updates

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Friends, Below are some updates that may be of interest to you. Sandwich Street Development Below are drawings and a short description of an important proposed development in Sandwich Town. There will be an open house regarding this development on February 13th from 4pm to 7pm at Mackenzie Hall. Hope to see you there. Sandwich Town Murals You may have noticed the Black History Murals, previously affixed to the old grocery store, have been relocated to Paterson Park. They look great! We are scheduling a press release and celebration for February 14th, time to be determined but will likely be around noon. More details forthcoming...stay tuned!  Here is a link featuring the relocation:  Sandwich Town Murals 2020 City of Windsor Budget City Council recently passed the 2020 budget. Some notable achievements for the west end include approximately $8million for sewer reconstruction for Sandwich Street, road repair of Riverside Dr. W. near Huron Church, placehold