WINDSOR, ON -- Local Publisher, Dean Scott made the announcement this morning that the Windsor Independent newspaper would close its doors after a run of four strong years detailing the city's arts and culture happenings.
The Harrow, Ontario native described the city’s thirst for a diversity of parking options as the main factor in his decision. As of this Friday, all of the Independent’s resources will be allocated towards converting the newspaper into a downtown parking structure.
"Sure, it's been great providing service to the community and creating on opportunity for young media professionals to cut their teeth," said Scott. "But the key thing to consider here is the parking. The future of Windsor clearly rests solely on paid parking."
Skeptics of the project -- similar in number to the Pelissier conversion -- are puzzled by the city’s fascination with paid parking structures, without the retail or amenities to support it.
Independent columnist and local rabble rouser, Andrew Bell, is particularly perplexed by the councils drastic shift towards a parking based economy.
"Windsor has a literal embarrassment of riches when it comes to places to park your car. What the city needs is urban development to attract patrons to the core," opined Bell.
City officials seem to disagree with Bell's ‘the lot is half full’ assessment.
"The goal to become a national leader in parking spaces is almost fully realized," stated a city official who wished to be unnamed. "You have to build the garages to give people a place to park, before they even remotely have a reason to visit that area."
At the time of print it is unclear how senior staff at the University of Windsor have responded to this flagrant act of parking one-upmanship. Rumours continue to swirl that a conversion of the Leddy Library to become an underground parkade could make it to a referendum by the fall.
Windsor Independent Creative Director, Rick Santarossa believes that his prowess in design for print and paper will seamlessly translate into the world of rebar and concrete.
"Aside from the obvious economic benefits, we plan to turn what would normally be considered an eyesore into a sight for sore eyes. Also, you can park there," Santarossa quipped.
Breaking of ground is set to begin in the spring of 2017 in the empty lot near the corner of Church and Wyandotte and would include an estimated $15 million addition to the newly converted Phog Lounge Toll Booth.