Entries by PBG Homes

PBG Homes Wins 2014 Award of Distinction

Premium Building Group is proud to announce recognition from the Ontario Home Builders Association’s Awards of Distinction Program.  Ceremonies were held in Ottawa, Ontario on September 22, 2014. There are 39 categories in the 2014 OHBA Awards of Distinction program honouring innovation and excellence.  Premium Building Group was awarded the Most Outstanding Attached Multi-Unit Home […]

Infilling is Grantham’s Future

Anthony Continelli can hardly wait to dig his model home at his new condominium infilling project in Grantham. He’s purchased three existing houses on Niagara Street, south of Scott, and plans to begin construction on 20 condominiums behind them next month. Continelli has the drawings, a logo and marketing material in the works. As well, he believes he has the neighbourhood’s interest at heart. “We’ve really looked at the area and developed a marketable product that’s going to be appealing to the residents and appreciate the value of their property without over-appreciating at the same time,” Continelli said.

Energy Efficient in St.Catharines

People have become used to the terms En erGuide and Energy Star. The terms denote a product has reached a very high level of energy efficiency and the rating can usually be seen on tags attached to things such as washing machines and other major appliances. When the Energy Star rating has been applied to a house, however, it means the whole house meets Canada’s energy efficiency targets. And that’s why Premium Building Group (PBG) is getting lots of interest and acclaim for the small enclave of townhouses it’s installing on Niagara Street.

Spring Garden Creek Villas Bloom Brightly

On March we’ll be breaking ground for a special project in the north end of St. Catharine, says Premium Building Group’s Anthony Continelli.

“We’ve only just purchased the property just two months ago and we’ve already sold one of the houses!
“This project is pioneering the ideology of condominium-type lifestyle but in a single-family dwelling. Tucked away on an interesting little cul-de-sac will be Spring Garden Creek Villas, eight luxury size family dwellings on a ravine setting,” says Continelli.

Condo with a Conscience

But the mound of muck behind 409 Niagara St. will soon give way to what’s believed to be St. Catharines’ first Energy Star housing development. Twenty townhouse condos will be constructed with recycled materials, on-demand hot water systems, windows coated to lower heat flow through glass, and insulation in places often overlooked in older homes, such as garage doors. Inside, the appliances will be fuelled by natural gas. By next fall, the homes will be filled with people living a more energy-efficient existence.

Developers to Pay for Chance of Incentives

Tax forgiveness being offered to St. Catharines developers is such a lucrative option that five property owners in the Oakdale neighbourhood are agreeing to pay $25,000 for the chance to be included in the incentive plan.

St. Catharines councillors agreed this week to add the Oakdale neighbourhood – between the CN railway line and Centennial Park – to the city’s Community Improvement Plan. But before development incentives can be handed out, a planning study must be conducted, and there’s no money in the city budget to pay for it, said a report from the city planner Paul Chapman.
So the five property owners have chipped into pay the $25,000 consulting cost to hire Marshall, Macklin and Monaghan to do the study, said Chapman, and they’ve already written the cheque.

Merritton Balances Heritage, Growth

Anthony Continelli is part developer, part surgeon. His condo project, a conversion of the old Red Cross building on Merritt Street, is part of a dramatic facelift for Merritton. The abandoned building will change into 27 units in a three-storey complex overlooking the city from on top of the escarpment. Derelict commercial and industrial buildings all over the community are getting similar makeovers. The operations can be expensive – but the city is giving developers like Continelli cash incentives to pull out the scalpel.

These include tax incentives and construction and facade improvement grants in the tens of thousands of dollars.
“It definitely helped me make my decision to go ahead,” said Continelli, who wants seniors and empty-nesters to begin moving into the condos next fall.
“And it definitely entices the neighbours to improve their own properties, too.”