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Pillette Village is about to undergo a transformation.

The Pillette Village Business Improvement Association and the City of Windsor are getting ready to collaborate on a $320,000 streetscaping project that will be concentrated on the area between Pillette Road and Wyandotte Street East.

The project would include new planters and plants, bike racks, address signs for buildings, banners and banner poles, garbage and recycling stations, and banners and banner poles.

Businesses and property owners have agreed to contribute half of the money for the improvements, according to Bridget Scheuerman, executive director of the Pillette Village BIA.

“Two years ago agreed to have the levy raised and they are most anxious to see this because we’ve been talking about it for four years now and now is the time to go forward with it,” says Scheuerman.

She claims that the community is enthusiastic about the initiative and believes it has been long overdue.

“The proposed Capital Works Project will introduce a little touch of Europe and will feature first time design elements throughout the BIA. Pillette Village will be stepping forward in a positive and Art Nouveau way,” said Scheuerman.

In May 2018, planning staff conducted site visits of all nine of the city’s business improvement areas as a component of an Association of Municipalities of Ontario grant for the Main Street Revitalization Initiative Fund.

The review of the current conditions of the Pillette Village BIA found much of the site furnishings had become dated and deteriorated.

The city said proposed design of the streetscape elements reflects the unique character of the BIA with a blend of Art Nouveau and Art Deco motifs. Coloured glass rondels and aluminum scroll work topping the banner polls will complement existing elements like the current benches.

Place-making banners would identify the north-south Wyandotte Street gateways as well as the east and west gateways of Pillette Road.