WINDSOR — Construction of a $250 million residential development – the largest in the City of Windsor – begins November on 45 acres of vacant land next to the WFCU Centre, Mayor Drew Dilkens announced Wednesday.

Farhi Holdings Corporation will begin site preparation and foundation work on the first of seven apartment buildings planned for the site this fall. When completed, the buildings will add 442 one- and two-bedroom units to the housing market, transforming a former industrial site into a vibrant new subdivision.

The project also calls for the development of 101 single-family lots. Groundbreaking on the model homes for the 1600 Lauzon Road property is expected to take place in the summer of 2020.

Mayor Dilkens thanked developer Shmuel Farhi for investing in Windsor, noting a development of this size has not been seen in the city for many years.

“On behalf of myself and members of city council, thank you for your investment in the City of Windsor,” said Mayor Dilkens. “Thank you very much for believing in us and believing in this particular site and working with us to really turn something that was a bit of an eyesore into something that will be a gem for the City of Windsor.”

The project is expected to generate about 200 local construction jobs over the next two to four years.

Mr. Farhi said the time is right for this development.

“Windsor needs this housing, and I said all along that when the time comes, when we see the needs and we see the economy allowing us to do so, we are going to go ahead,” said Mr. Farhi.

He also thanked Mayor Dilkens, members of City of Windsor council and administration, for working with him on this project.

“It’s fair to say that Windsor has the best municipality when it comes to welcoming developers from out of town and it wants to see a lot of people come to town to develop — and I’m not talking about only planning and engineering, I’m talking about the politicians, starting from the top, from the mayor going all the way down to every individual. They are awesome to work with. This development couldn’t have gone through without the cooperation of the city.”