One Riverside Drive
This article's factual accuracy may be compromised due to out-of-date information. (January 2012)
|One Riverside Drive|
|Location||1 Riverside Drive West
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
One Riverside Drive was built in 2002, and is a skyscraper located in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. It is an office high-rise with a multi-story parking garage. It is located next to the new downtown St. Clair College, at the corner of Riverside Drive and Ouellette Avenue in Downtown Windsor. The building stands at 14 storeys and is the current headquarters of Chrysler Canada.
The building's original name was to be the "Chrysler Building", and was to stand at 32 storeys (see external link below for comparisons). The proposed building was mixed use with offices, retail, hotel and residential tenants. The final result of the building was drastically different. Aside from its retail annex, the building is now practically fully occupied. Because of the drastic difference in height and cost-overruns, it was thought of as a boondoggle, and the tower was nicknamed the "Canderel Mini-Tower", from the construction firm who built it.
In 1998, the City of Windsor was at the centre of numerous lawsuits from storeowners who operated a block of historic 1920s-era buildings (the "Norwich Block") in the spot where One Riverside Drive now sits. The storeowners cited they were not offered a fair market value for their properties, and this was settled by 2001, but the city compromised with the expropriated storeowners on having a lower building.