Farhi applies for $10.4M in tax incentives to develop brownfield next to WFCU

A large brownfield in Windsor is a step closer to being redeveloped for a mixture of residential dwellings and commercial use.

The site of the former GM trim plant has been vacant since 2005

Farhi Holdings Corporation has applied for tax incentives to redevelop a brownfield adjacent to the WFCU Centre. (Dale Molnar/CBC)

The brownfield next to the WFCU Centre is one step closer to being something more exciting.

Formerly home to the GM trim plant, along with a couple of other industrial operations, the site was purchased by Farhi Holdings Corporation in 2005 and has sat vacant ever since.

"It constitutes about 11 per cent of the city's brownfield inventory, so it's a big chunk of brownfield land that's going to be put back to productive use," said Greg Atkinson, senior planner with the City of Windsor.

The Development and Heritage Standing Committee is recommending that Windsor council approve $10.4 million in tax incentives for the owner to redevelop the land.

The brownfield site in question is adjacent to the WFCU Centre, which lies on the bottom right corner of the picture. (City of Windsor)

Those tax incentives are covered through the Brownfield Redevelopment Community Improvement Plan.

The incentives are intended to encourage the development of brownfields, which are sites that may be contaminated due to previous industrial or commercial use and therefore require environmental cleanup.

The tax incentive total is expected to roll out over a course of 13 years.

The corporation's plan for the site measuring 24.5 hectares (60.6 acres) is as follows:

  • 119 detached residential lots.
  • Four townhouse blocks (total of 48 units).
  • Five multiple dwellings buildings (total of 230 units).
  • Seven-storey hotel.
  • 3.1 hectares (7.8 acres) of commercial land.

If council approves the committee's recommendations, the company hopes to begin work in the fall.

"There's a demand for this type of product in east Windsor, and we want to get started literally as quickly as possible," said Karl Tanner, partner with Dillon Consulting, a firm working with the owner on this application process.

If approved, the redevelopment will start with multi-residential development, Tanner said.

With files from Dale Molnar


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