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Pillette Village streetscape improvement plan goes to city council Monday


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New banners on decorative poles could soon greet visitors and residents alike to Windsor’s Pillette Village, if a $320,000 plan is approved Monday by city council.

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The proposal to refresh Pillette Village’s streetscape includes a partnership between the city and the area’s business improvement association to split the cost of the banners plus new address markers for buildings, planters and greenery, bike racks and trash/recycle stations.

Pillette Village, located on the city’s east side, straddles Wards 5 and 6, running from the 4400 block to the 4900 block of Wyandotte Street East and the 200 to 800 block of Pillette Road. It is home to numerous restaurants, retail and other businesses.

This proposed design reflects the unique character of this area

“This is an exciting undertaking and will definitely benefit all of the businesses of Pillette Village,” said Bridget Scheuerman, executive director of the Pillette Village BIA.

“It’s a long time coming. The businesses and property owners have thrown their support behind it in a way financially because we have to foot 50 per cent of the bill.”

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A section of Pillette Village on Wyandotte Street East is seen on Friday, February 25, 2022.
A section of Pillette Village on Wyandotte Street East is seen on Friday, February 25, 2022. Photo by Dax Melmer /Windsor Star

Scheuerman said the design will “introduce a little touch of Europe.”

“Pillette Village will be stepping forward in a positive and Art Nouveau way,” she said.

Mayor Drew Dilkens said it’s been 20 years since the Pillette Village BIA’s last major revitalization.

“Our urban design division undertook extensive consultation with other city departments, with the BIA and with Enwin and the report resulting from those discussions helped inform the recommendations coming to council,” Dilkens said.

“This proposed design reflects the unique character of this area.“

Stefan Fediuk, landscape architect for the city, explained that design elements reflect the unique character of the BIA with a blend of Art Nouveau and Art Deco motifs and include aluminum scroll work and coloured glass roundels topping the banner polls.

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The banners will identify the north-south Wyandotte Street gateways as well as the east and west gateways of Pillette Road to connect the look of the banners and new signage.

“The new streetscaping will connect Pillette to Wyandotte, something that hasn’t happened in the past,” Fediuk said. “The focus had been on Wyandotte Street.”

If the project is approved, Fediuk said it will take at least 20 to 22 weeks to have the components manufactured once a tender is accepted.

“We’re looking in all likelihood to see some of the first parts of the instalments some time in the fall of 2022,” he said.

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