WFCU Centre turns 5 today

Thursday marks the 5th anniversary of the WFCU Centre in Windsor's east end.

Mayor touts fact arena is paid off while downtown business still complains about the rink's site

Some business people continue to criticize city officials for not building a new arena in the downtown district. (CBC News)

Thursday marks the 5th anniversary of the WFCU Centre in Windsor's east end.

The home of the Windsor Spitfires and several community groups has a public celebration planned for Thursday afternoon.

Mayor Eddie Francis says the facility has helped the city's streak of no tax increase.

"The WFCU has played a roll in reducing operating costs. More importantly, it's paid off. It's five years old and it's fully paid off," Francis said.

Some business people continue to criticize city officials for not building a new arena in the downtown district.

Some downtown property was expropriated for a new arena project years ago. Now, a new training and family aquatics centre is about to officially open on the site.

Sam Helou is the owner of a service market downtown. A portion of his downtown property was expropriated to make way for a new arena years ago.

He called the arena "next to Tecumseh town" nothing but "a huge mistake."

"For 23 years, we were looking at nothing but empty space," Helou said. Meanwhile, the city lost on property tax the city could have collected."

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