The previous Windsor jail is listed on sale for $1, but it surely’s possible not going to go for that.
Buckingham Realty Windsor is managing the itemizing Gross sales consultant Marty Pedersen mentioned they’re on the lookout for proposals, however it would go to “a purchaser with imaginative and prescient and a few pretty deep pockets to do a conversion of some variety on it.”
What’s included with the sale of the 378 Brock St. location is the administration constructing adjoining to the previous jail and the MacKenzie Corridor parking zone.
The jail was inbuilt 1924 after a fireplace destroyed the Essex County jail. Operations ceased in 2014 when the constructing was deemed to have reached the top of its life as a helpful jail.
Your complete property on the market is designated because the Sandwich Heritage Conservation District in 2012.
“Anyone who purchases this property would additionally assume these restrictions and required upkeep, and restrictions for what may very well be achieved to the property,” mentioned Ian McConachie, spokesperson for Infrastructure Ontario (IO), which manages the property on behalf of the province.
IO is on the lookout for “the very best worth for the property” and will not be bearing in mind the potential consumers’ proposals for the previous jail when deciding on the profitable bid.
He mentioned any plan would want to undergo the town’s zoning and approval course of.
Key to Sandwich Towne historical past
Ward 2 councillor-elect Fabio Costante mentioned the sale raises some concern.
He is heard from residents and group leaders who “tried actually arduous to battle for the jail to be transformed right into a museum.”
“The hope is that it is maintained for public use, ideally, a museum,” he mentioned, or one thing the general public can profit from.
The Metropolis of Windsor took an curiosity in buying the property some time again, based on Costante, and he hopes they are going to proceed to specific that curiosity regardless that it is on the general public market now.
“It is proper in the midst of Sandwich Towne, and it is actually a key piece to the revitalization of Sandwich Towne’s historical past and tradition.”
IO is accepting bids for the subsequent month, till Nov. 23.