Proposed Commercial Building Represents an Important Milestone in London’s Downtown Revival

March 24, 2010 at 2:23 pm Leave a comment

A Windsor developer plans to build a three-storey, 30,000-square-foot building at Richmond and Carling streets on what is 15,000 square feet of parking space and a Sammy’s Souvlaki stand, next to Moxie’s restaurant. The new space will feature a “funky” exterior design and just may be a new home to a new Shoppers Drug Mart in the core. If the tenant is a new Shoppers, that will help the downtown as the existing store on Dundas St. is small, old and does not have the larger grocery line found in new stores. It is not a grocery store, but along with the market, will offer a good lineup of foods for downtown residents.

“This is excellent news,” beamed Janette MacDonald, manager of Downtown London, formerly MainStreet. “It will be well built. The builder has an eye for urban design.”

The builder is Rocco Tullio, who owns Rock Developments in Windsor. “London is a good market. It is somewhat insulated from the economy,” he said. “That is a good corner, in the heart of downtown. It’s a great site and we are looking forward to building a first-class office building.” He would not comment on rumours a Shoppers may locate there, but said a major tenant is interested. “I am confident we will make this go.”

Construction could begin this year or in spring 2011, depending on how fast the development moves. The land, about one-third of an acre, was sold by Dennis Dimitrakopoulous who operates several parking lots in the city. The space behind the new building will remain parking.

I just hope it looks helluva lot better than all of Rock’s boring big-box designs.



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