Via Italia reclaiming alleys

Barry Horrobin and Councillor Chris Holt along with members of the Via Italia BIA, October 21, 2020. (Photo by Maureen Revait)

Erie Street merchants are partnering with the City of Windsor and the Windsor Police Service to make alleys in the neighbourhood safer.

With the help of Councillor Chris Holt’s ward funds, 47 lights are being installed in the Via Italia BIA to help deter crime.

“We want to light up the alleyways to keep them safe so when people walk to their cars and residents roam the streets and kids play in the alleys that it’s just a little bit safer,” said the owner of Mezzo restaurant, Filip Rocca.

The first six lights will be installed before the end of the year.

“The lighting is a key catalyst to getting these spaces restored to a functional use. Via Italia is an old historic neighbourhood that is a treat for everybody in our city and the alleys are an important physical thread to that,” said Barry Horrobin, Director of Planning with the Windsor Police Service.

Via Italia is also hosting a community clean-up the alley event this Saturday, October 24. If you are interested in participating visit the BIA’s Facebook page for pre-registration details.