The City of Windsor in Canada is seeking $20 million from the provincial government to renovate the Paul Martin Building, which could potentially house the University of Windsor law school.
The school’s president has said that if the request is successful, then there is a possibility of reopening the conversation regarding the move of the University of Windsor law program to downtown.
City officials have reportedly asked the province for financial support during pre-budget consultations last week for a deal regarding the shift.
Move To Downtown Not Possible Without Financial Support
In August last year, the university walked away from a deal to open a new school at the Ouellette Avenue building as the cost would be too high without financial support from the province, president Alan Wildeman said.
School officials are hoping that the province will make a contribution similar to that of the City of Windsor, which has promised to put in $15 million toward the project.
According to Wildeman the university is looking to build its new law school on campus itself as they cannot keep waiting. But if the province agrees to offer funding, then he would be open to the idea of a downtown move again.
Law students at the university have described their current building as “musty and cramped.” A student Hagar Elsayed said that the joke in the campus was that the building was like a casino as it had no windows.
There are also other complaints like a shortage of outlets, poor wifi connectivity, as well as limited bathrooms. Another student Victoria Palermo pointed that that while the building was “beautiful” there was only “one female washroom”.