On Tuesday January 12, 2016 Tecumseh Council adopted the Tecumseh Road Main Street Community Improvement Plan. A Community Improvement Plan (CIP) is an urban planning document that provides the framework to guide the redevelopment, improvement or rehabilitation of a defined area of a municipality that is in a state of transition.
The Tecumseh Road Main Street area represents the original historical commercial core of the Town of Tecumseh settlement area, comprising an approximate 1.2 kilometre corridor centered on Tecumseh Road between the City of Windsor to the west and the Via Rail crossing to the east. This area is made up of 75 acres and over 115 properties.
This area should serve as an important focal point of the community by providing a wide range of commercial services and amenities along with various housing options. It is anticipated that the CIP will help in reestablishing this corridor as Tecumseh’s “downtown” or “main street”.
The desire to promote change prompted Council to initiate the development of the Tecumseh Road Main Street CIP. This Plan is the Town’s first step toward the revitalization and transformation of the traditional “Main Street” and surrounding community into a unique, walkable, vibrant and mixed-use destination.
The CIP will guide the Town’s preparation of a Streetscape Master Plan leading to the construction of an improved public realm. In addition, there are financial incentives intended to stimulate private sector investment by way of property rehabilitation and new development.
“I am very pleased and excited that Council took this strategic first step of recreating the feel of a smaII town main street. The CIP will guide all members of the community towards the common goal of creating a vibrant and walkable downtown core for all citizens and visitors to be proud of and enjoy. A healthy downtown is indicative of a healthy community and we look forward to the implementation of this plan in the coming years” says Mayor Gary McNamara
For more details on this exciting initiative, please visit the Town of Tecumseh website: tecumseh.ca/en/business-and-development/tecumseh-road-main-street-cip.aspx