Unsafe Building to be Closed; City Supports Displaced Residents

Despite efforts to work with building owners and representatives, City of Windsor inspectors have had to deem a housing structure at 245 Detroit Street unsafe for occupancy and will issue a Prohibition of Occupancy Order today.

City’s Human & Health Services staff, Family Services Windsor Essex, and other community agencies are working together to assist displaced residents from 245 Detroit Street with individual needs assessments and alternate accommodations.

“It is so unfortunate that it has come to this,” said Executive Director, Housing, Homelessness and Children’s Services, Debbie Cercone. “The loss of these units will further exacerbate the lack of affordable housing in the community.”

Inspectors have been monitoring the conditions of the building since issuing an Unsafe Order on July 8, 2021. The unsafe order was based on the lack of life safety systems, working fire alarms, functioning heating and ventilation systems, and a potable water distribution system to the entire building. Some systems have been restored, but the potable water distribution system cannot be properly maintained, and the building remains unsanitary and therefore unsafe for all occupants.

“My hope is that this property can eventually be redeemed,” said Chief Building Official John Revell. “The City of Windsor has several incentives available through the Planning Department to support redevelopment and turn this into a success in the Sandwich community.”

The prohibition order will be served today, and all occupants must be out of the building by midnight Tuesday, July 20.

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