Former Gordon McGregor school listed for sale at $899,900
Monday, April 29, 2019
The Windsor Star/Brian Cross
The former Gordon McGregor elementary school has just been listed for sale in an area bordering Ford City that realtor Cameron Paine thinks is primed for redevelopment.
“Things are happening,” Paine said, referring to recently announced projects for core areas of the city that until recently had lower real estate prices than newer neighbourhoods. He cited a new 147-unit apartment building currently under construction at Wyandotte Street West and Crawford Avenue, the renovation of the Walker Power Building at Riverside Drive and Devonshire Road, new heritage-styled townhouses proposed for Walker Road and the rejuvenation of Ford City as examples of increased interest in the city’s core. He believes city incentives, such as big breaks on development fees, have helped spur this renewed interest.
Gordon McGregor, located in the 1600 block of Alexis Road, closed in 2016 after 92 years as an elementary school. The public school board sold it to the City of Windsor, which took some of the land to add to Ford Test Track Park, located directly to the east, Paine said. Now the city is selling the 62,000-square-foot building on almost four acres of land for $899,900.
“It does lend itself to potential redevelopment,” Paine said, suggesting that, subject to city approvals, the building could be converted into a condo development or a retirement home, or knocked down and redeveloped into new homes. He said the building is on the city’s municipal heritage register but is not a designated heritage property. The register says it was built in 1924 and designed by architectural firm Sheppard and Masson.