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Windsor Raceway land could become residential, commercial area

The land where the Windsor Raceway is being demolished could be developed into a residential area, which could also include a commercial section that could feature a strip mall, garden centre, restaurant or church, CBC News Windsor has learned.

Raceway demolition expected to be completed by end of July

The land where the Windsor Raceway is being demolished could be developed into a residential area, which could also include a commercial section that could feature a strip mall, garden centre, restaurant or church, CBC News Windsor has learned. 

The raceway is in the process of demolition and is expected to be fully knocked down and cleared by the end of July. CBC News Windsor got an exclusive last look inside the old slots section before it came down on Tuesday.  

Some people passed by the west end area to watch portions of it come down. 

"It's very sad to see it going, it was a thriving business and it was a great sport for the area," said  Malcolm MacDougall, who used to race horses at the track.

"Sad for the people who were involved in it mainly. There was a camaraderie here that everybody enjoyed," he said. 

Jim Meloche, who lives nearby, also passed by to snap some pics of what's left of the building. He has some concerns about what will be constructed on the property. 

"It's awful close to the nature centre, and everybody seems to be ignoring that in favour of the big box store here," said Meloche. "I think they should look after the nature centre first."

Jim Campbell who works in the area welcomes the change. 

"I think it's always good when you could repurpose land that's not being used," said Campbell. "I think in terms of community aesthetics and just having something pleasing to look at, and something that's going to generate revenue in the community is a positive thing."

CBC News Windsor was told the lot will not be developed into a hospital, despite many residents speculating it could be a possible location for the proposed mega-hospital. 

The city said the area's new zoning does not allow for it. 

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