Windsor to offer training for residents looking to develop small-scale projects in their neighbourhoods

Thursday, October 17, 2019

CBC Windsor


It's a way to strengthen and build Windsor's communities, says Coun. Rino Bortolin

The City of Windsor will be offering training aimed at helping local residents take on small-scale development projects within their neighbourhoods.

The city is working in partnership with the Incremental Development Alliance (IDA), which defines small projects as one- to three-storey buildings under 15,000 square feet in size.

The city is also working with St. Clair College, the Windsor Region Society of Architects, and is supported by the Downtown Windsor Community Collaborative, the Downtown Windsor BIA and the Ford City Neighbourhood Renewal.

Projects can vary depending on the needs of the city, according to Gracen Johnson, the director of content and contribution with the IDA.

In the past, projects have included the the construction of additional dwellings, as well as the expansion of business workspaces.

Johnson said her organization has worked with dozens of cities across the U.S. since launch in 2015, adding that Windsor is the first Canadian city with which the IDA has collaborated.

"This whole process is about helping people who love their neighbourhoods in Windsor," said Johnson.

Ward 3 Coun. Rino Bortolin said he wants to more local residents investing in their communities.

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