University’s law school moving closer to locating inside Paul Martin building

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Windsor Star/Dave Battagello

The city of Windsor is close to reaching a deal that would see the University of Windsor’s law school move into the landmark Paul Martin building downtown.

Meanwhile, Canada Post announced this week that its remaining 50 employees will move out of that building, which sits at the corner of Ouellette Avenue and Pitt Street.

“We are working diligently with the (federal) government on that project,” Mayor Drew Dilkens said Thursday. “We are working our way through any of the issues still outstanding to see if they will transfer the building for the purpose of a law school.”

The federal government in May announced it would spend $6 million to repair the facade with plans to sell the building.

A buyer was unlikely to be found given its current condition, said the federal government during the announcement.

The six-storey building which opened in 1934 is one of 116 properties in Windsor designated under the Ontario Heritage Act, but for nearly 15 years has been crumbling in disrepair to the point of requiring scaffolding around the perimeter to protect pedestrians below.

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