Windsor council votes against considering offer on Pelissier parking garage

City council voted against bringing back a report on the policy for selling the Pelissier Street Parking Garage. Coun. Chris Holt said it's been losing money, but Mayor Drew Dilkens describes the parkade as a "strategic asset."

Coun. Chris Holt calls looking at bids to buy the parkade a 'no-brainer'

The Pelissier Street parking garage is seen in this file photo. (CBC)

The majority of Windsor's city councillors made their position on the troubled Pelissier Street parking garage clear during their meeting Monday night by voting against even considering offers to buy the parkade.

The troubled parking structure has been a subject of debate for more than a decade with council deciding in November to convert retail space on the ground floor into more parking spots.

A recent offer by a group of potential investors, including Windsor-based businessman Mark Boscariol, to buy the city-owned parking structure brought the discussion back to council where Mayor Drew Dilkens abruptly shut it down.

"I'm not interested in selling the garage," he said, describing it as a "strategic asset."

The mayor also suggested the bid to buy the parking garage might be a ploy by people getting ready to launch their 2018 election campaign.

Councillor Chris Holt was among the minority who wanted to at least consider the offer and said he was disappointed more of his peers weren't interested in looking at ways to get rid of an asset that consistently costs the city money.

Coun. Chris Holt speaks during a Windsor city council meeting Sept. 6, 2016. (Alex Brockman/CBC)

"For us to not investigate the possibilities of moving forward with that and just looking in to the idea of unloading something that loses money and putting it in a private investors hands, it looked to me to be a no-brainer," he said. "At least let's look into it, let's measure the pros and cons."