Mayor wants to know what to do with the old Windsor jail
Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens is asking for the publics' help.
He wants to know what you think should become of the 92-year-old former Windsor jail in Sandwich Town.
Infrastructure Ontario owns the property, which includes two buildings and a parking lot, and it has agreed to sell it to the city for $1.
Dilkens says the city may want to salvage the property but only if a solid idea comes forward.
"It needs a little TLC, so we need a solid plan," says Dilkens in a message posted to social media.
CTV Windsor hit the streets and spoke to a number of residents who shared plenty of ideas – from a youth hostel to a high end hotel. Some suggested a grocery store or restaurant, a community centre, even a museum with the history of Sandwich Town.
Some residents also suggested a new police station to increase safety in the neighbourhood.
Ward 2 councilor John Elliot tells CTV News whatever the property's future -- it has to be self-sufficient.
"As long as it can generate revenue and pay for itself and being historical, there's probably some historical grants available" says Elliot.
Sandwich Town BIA Chair Mary-Ann Cuderman says any change will benefit local businesses.
"We are a struggling community and any type of development that can be brought here to being more attention to Sandwich Towne is miraculous" says Cuderman, who admits a redevelopment won’t be easy. “It's going to take private money. We are talking millions of dollars."
Residents are invited to submit their ideas to email@example.com.