Posted by Shannon Passero

The objective of the Niagara Community Design Awards is to recognize and celebrate excellence in design in the Niagara Region that demonstrates the application of Smart Growth Principles.

This year’s awards continue to focus on projects that enhance the built environment, efficiently use land, and demonstrate creativity and vision.

This award recognizes the re-use of an existing building or buildings, and possible intensification of a site. The primary feature of this project is the re-use of the former building(s) in a manner that demonstrates creativity, reintegrates the site into the community, and provides a mix of uses and choice into the surrounding neighbourhood.

2015 Award Winner: The Post Office, Thorold
Nominated by: Lola Emberson, City of Thorold
Builder: Michael Passero, Silvergate Homes Ltd.

Completed in 2015, the former post office has been revitalized to include 11 apartment units on the upper floor and a retail space on the bottom floor that utilizes the name The Post Office. This project was noted for the reuse of a downtown building, and attention to detail that have reutilized elements of the art deco building and incorporating additional components that enhance the overall appearance.