New home for Hackforge helps diversify Windsor’s downtown

Monday, May 25, 2015

The Windsor Star/Derek Spalding

A street level venue in the heart of downtown Windsor’s food and entertainment district is going high-tech, building on a trend it’s hoped will add new life to the area.

The non-profit group Hackforge, which promotes the tech industry throughout the city, is moving into a former sushi restaurant at 255 Ouellette Ave., it was announced Monday.

Over the next month, Hackforge will move out of the Windsor Public Library and into its sleek new home thanks to a creative agreement that allows the group to lease the space for free.

With a couple of new clothing stores popping up, a new ice cream shop on Maiden Lane and now the Hackforge deal, bars and nightclubs no longer dominate the city core the way they once did, said Larry Horwitz, head of the Downtown Windsor Business Improvement Area.

“This is a huge win for the downtown, particularly because this adds to the (upcoming) expansion of the University of Windsor in the area,” he said. “This will inject some young, vibrant and intelligent minds into the downtown, which will help elevate the city to a new level.”

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