Developer ends deal with Windsor, leaving civic center project in limbo

The developer of a controversial Windsor civic center project has pulled out of an exclusive negotiation deal with the city, according to a letter received this week from officials, leaving the future of the development uncertain.

Robert Green of the eponymous Robert Green Co. sent a letter Thursday to acting City of Windsor manager Mark Linder saying the company was exercising its right to terminate the agreement, which was a pact giving the developer the exclusive right to design the project.

Windsor City Council had voted on December 1, 2021 to suspend all work on the project until June 30. A vote on continuing the deal and continuing work on the project would have taken place after that.

A section of the agreement states that the company will walk out if “the city does not timely approve the proposed development term by the end of the Phase II period or if the parties reach an impasse in their negotiations of proposed development terms that cannot be resolved after good faith efforts.”

“The Robert Green Co. will be happy to re-engage with the City if at any time in the future the City expresses a desire to work with us on a high quality mixed-use project in this location which is of the caliber of The Project The Robert Green Co. has been successfully expanding into other communities for nearly 25 years,” the letter states.

The project, proposed for the northern edge of the Town Green, included a hotel, luxury residential units, a new town hall, police station and library.

This story will be updated.

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