Plans are underway to redevelop former Teutonia Club

Friday, July 8, 2016

The Windsor Star/Dalson Chen

Redevelopment plans are proceeding for the property that used to be home to the Teutonia Club — and which should be home to business and medical offices by next February.

Dino Maggio, president of Mid South Land Developments, said council recently approved a rezoning request, clearing the way for 55 Edinborough St. to become business, medical office, or pharmacy space.

“We’ve gone through a lot of the hurdles,” Maggio said. “We’ve got our zoning in place. We’re just waiting for site plan control.”

The building served as a gathering place for Windsor’s German community for more than 60 years before closing down in March. At the time, the Teutonia Club’s executive said the property needed at least $1 million in roof replacements and other renovations.

Mid South Land Developments has a long history of converting old buildings into viable commercial ventures. Maggio said there has been great interest in the Edinborough Street property, with several tenants lined up.

“We’ve already got 5,000 square feet leased out to a tech company by the name of Netmon,” Maggio said.

“We’re in negotiations with another half a dozen tenants, to be truthful with you.”

Maggio said the renovated property will have about 38,000 square feet of usable space in total, and he hopes to have all its tenants signed within three months.

Renovation work should begin in September, and the property should be ready for use in February, Maggio said.

“I’m spending millions. That’s all I can tell you,” Maggio said. “But listen, in today’s times, if you were to take a property and do a brand new build — it’s going to cost you.”

“I’m sitting on almost nine acres of land. I have a lot of future development I can do. And I really like the location. We’re in the centre of the city.”