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First Nations will redevelop former Thunder Bay post office into housing – Northern Ontario Business

Fort William First Nation and Biigtigong Nishnaabeg to designate half the units into affordable housing

THUNDER BAY — Fort William First Nation and Biigtigong Nishnaabeg – formerly Pic River First Nation – have unveiled an ambitious redevelopment plan for a prominent but surplus federal government office building in Thunder Bay.

The First Nations recently took joint ownership of the former Court Street post office, with Biigtigong Nishnaabeg and its agencies having a 75 per cent share, and Fort William the remainder. They hope work will begin this year to convert the three-storey building to accommodate 48 residential units on the upper floors, plus commercial space at ground level.

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