Thorold’s historic fire station to be transformed into cultural hub

Ontario Construction News staff writer

The City of Thorold will repurpose the former Fire Station 1 into an energy-efficient, climate-controlled cultural hub with $7.8 million from the federal and municipal governments.

The revamped facility will house the Thorold Historical Museum and Cultural Centre and is expected to be a focal point for community engagement and historical preservation, revitalizing the downtown area.

Paying homage to its past as a fire hall, the design will incorporate modern amenities and sustainable features. Major upgrades will include an HVAC system to regulate temperature and humidity levels, ensuring optimal preservation conditions for the historical artifacts on display.

“We’re thrilled to see the old Fire Station 1 transformed into a space that will safeguard Thorold’s rich history and culture,” said Niagara Centre MP Vance Badawey. “This investment underscores our commitment to fostering vibrant and inclusive communities while advancing our climate goals.”

The federal government will contribute $6.3 million through the Green and Inclusive Community Buildings (GICB) program and the City of Thorold providing $1.6 million, will facilitate essential upgrades to the facility. These enhancements will not only improve energy efficiency and accessibility but also contribute to Canada’s broader climate objectives.

“The funding secured from the federal government exemplifies our dedication to preserving our history and culture,” said Mayor Terry Ugulini. “Through this endeavor, we’re ensuring that our community’s legacy endures, guiding us towards a brighter future.”


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