Old Sandwich Towne post office almost set to open as cafe

It doesn't look like much right now, but the old Sandwich Towne post office is set to reopen in about a month, if everything goes smoothly.

Work is progressing inside the historic building, turning it from a post office into a coffee shop

Inside Sandwich post office

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It doesn't look like much right now, but the old Sandwich Towne post office is set to open in about a month, if everything goes smoothly. 

Jason Grossi, the architect on the project, told CBC News the team has to solve a mechanical issue before adding the finishes on the inside. 

"Most of the finishes are complete," he said. "Once the [mechanical issue] is resolved, we'll bring everything in and we should be in good shape." 

The old post office was sold at the end of 2014 to Luna Wang and her partner for $151,000 after the federal government pulled out. 

Wang said the project will be rolled out in two phases. 

The café on the first floor will open first. Then, she'll get to work on turning the second floor into a bed and breakfast. 

The owners of the bed and breakfast will use the old postmaster's residence on the top floor of the heritage building. 

In December, Wang, who is an international student from China, finished her master's of management degree at the University of Windsor. 

She said she wanted to create a space for students as well as the community. 

"I know many local people really like this building because of history," said Wang. "So, if we can combine the two different cultures from different countries, people can chat together." 

Grossi, the architect, said a cafe works with the history of the building

"It benefits the public. I think a coffee shop is a nice fit," he said. "It's another meeting place for people to come again, like they would have come before to deliver their mail." 

John Elliot, the councillor for Ward 2, said it will revitalize the community. 

"This is definitely a good thing because it's bringing a historical building back to life," he said.