Windsor Star

City pushes urban renewal

Incentives considered to persuade more renovation­s in old neighbourh­oods

- DAVE STAR MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS REPORTER

BY

BATTAGELLO

With a number of neighbourh­oods across the city starting to look tired and in need of a boost, city council will explore introducin­g financial incentives to encourage upgrades.

And that can’t happen too soon, said Mark Imeson, presi- dent- elect of the WindsorEss­ex County Real Estate Board.

“You want to beautify the neighbourh­oods, get these homes cleaned up on the inside. Maybe give some financial assistance if they need windows or need a roof,” he said.

Whether it’s the city core, Sandwich, Riverside, Walkervill­e or the east end, many Windsor streets are dotted with For Sale signs erected by homeowners seeking newer homes in the outskirts or bedroom communitie­s like LaSalle, Tecumseh or Lake-hore.

A growing number of local homeowners feel pumping more money into their aging dwellings and neighbourh­oods is no longer worthwhile and are looking instead to newer subdivisio­ns.

So council is considerin­g offering financial help for some upgrades, reasoning the move would help not just homeowners, but the city itself. People would be encouraged to stay and spruce up their homes, retaining the tax base and improving property values.

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