Hamilton Development, the development arm of Westport's Gault Inc., recently announced that it received two industry awards for its creation of Saugatuck Center, a new mixed-use office, retail and residential development on the Saugatuck River.

The firm has been given two HOBI Awards from the Home Builders Association of Connecticut for "Best Mixed Use Development" in the state and "Best Luxury Rental Units" for the Tide and Marsh Buildings, the project's first phase finished in May 2011. Hamilton Development's Jim Donaher accepted the award with Saugatuck Center builder Gus Pappajohn at the 18th annual Home Building Industry Awards Ceremony in Southington.

The buildings, situated on a one-acre lot between the street and the river, house 4,000 square feet of retail space facing the street, 5,000 square feet of waterfront office space and six luxury rental units on the second floor, according to a release from Gault. Retail tenants include Downunder Kayaking and Paddleboarding, Craft Butchery and a soon-to-open restaurant by Le Farm chef-owner Bill Taibe.

The riverfront property, once a commercial storage area for home heating oil, building materials and sand, the riverfront property, features a public walking trail along the water's edge, a rain garden and waterfront amenities such as 20 boat slips and visitor docking, the release states.

Hamilton Development plans to break ground on the development's second phase in 2012, where an additional 4,000 square feet of retail space and 21 apartments will be built across the street from the Tide and Marsh buildings.