Location: St. Thomas, ON
Client: Indwell & City of St. Thomas
Construction Budget: $10,700,000
Architect of Record: Invizij Architects Inc.
In line with St. Thomas’ Compassionate Community plan, this project is creation 45 new supportive apartments one block from the downtown core. The new 32,800 ft2 building is four storeys and includes the shell space for a future single-bay firehall. The combination of a firehall with affordable housing makes sense, and the land is municipally owned and often in walkable neighbourhoods. We believe firehalls and housing can make good neighbours. This project is the second of its kind in Canada – the first we are aware of being in Vancouver in a partnership with the YWCA.
“The City of St. Thomas is very pleased to partner with Indwell to establish supportive housing,” said Mayor Joe Preston. “We are thankful that Indwell chose St. Thomas as a home for new housing projects that will support some of our community’s most vulnerable people. We look forward to seeing the upcoming projects completed.”
The design of the building was meant to reflect the historic brick facades of Talbot Street, but with a modern twist. There are elements reminiscent of St. Thomas’s railroad history in the façade. Each floor has a communal balcony adjacent to the elevator for tenants to enjoy the fresh air, and at the ground floor there is a formal garden area and pergola. Like all other Indwell buildings, The Station is designed to meet Passive House targets of low energy, low carbon, and comfort. The first tenants will be moving in summer 2023.