One Riverside Drive
One Riverside Drive was built in 2002, and is Windsor's newest office tower. It is a mixed-use residential and office high-rise. It is located next to the new downtown St. Clair College, to which it is connected, at the corner of Ouellette Avenue and Riverside Drive. The building stands at 14 storeys and is the current headquarters of Daimler-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 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 center of numerous lawsuits from storeowners who operated a block of historic 1920s-era buildings (the "Norwich Block") in the spot that One Riverside Drive now sits at. 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.

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