I joined Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Services and Procurement Steven MacKinnon for an important announcement for our city, our downtown, and our entire community. The City of Windsor will purchase the iconic Paul Martin Building from the Federal Government for $1, and the building will be given new life as the temporary home of the Central Branch of the Windsor Public Library. Windsorites have felt connected to this building for many years. Windsor has a proud tradition of celebrating its heritage, and of working to protect its history, and this building is an important part of Windsor’s Story. Spanning an entire block in our downtown, this location has been a key piece of my desire – our City’s desire – to see a new life for this building and the area surrounding it. We have worked for years to find a way forward, collaborating with dedicated partners along the way to talk about what is possible here. To work together. To make Windsor proud. The University and College got the ball rolling with their moves to the city core, and in purchasing this building and relocating the library’s central branch here, we continue our pursuit of attracting investment and people to our downtown.

Investment is growing in our core, with Quicken Loans moving into the old Fish Market Building, the WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation moving into the Former Beer Market location, and the nearby Pour House being purchased. With these business and education investments, along with today’s announcement, we’re excited about the future of Windsor’s downtown. I look forward to the next chapter in the stories of the Library, the Paul Martin Building, our Downtown, and the City of Windsor.