When I pushed for the City of Windsor to take ownership of the Paul Martin Building, I did it with three goals in mind: create new jobs, attract new businesses downtown and save a historic landmark.

In the same way that the University of Windsor transformed the Windsor Armories and St. Clair College infused new life into the Cleary International Centre, the new Paul Martin Building at 185 Ouellette Avenue will be a catalyst for new economic growth in our city’s centre.

Like all of you, I’m eager to see this prime real estate humming with new tenants. And it won’t be much longer now. We expect the Central Branch of the Windsor Public Library to move into the first and second floors of the building by late February of 2020. Renovations are currently underway to make the spaces more welcoming and functional to the public and library staff.

For more details about the progress we’ve made at the Paul Martin Building, I invite you to watch the latest episode of Mayor’s Minute. My special guest is Tom Graziano, senior manager of facilities for the City of Windsor, who offers us a behind-the-scenes look at some of the great work that’s been done so far and the next steps in this storied building’s evolution.