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Armoury ready to get the lead out

Downtown Coun. Dawn Sloane is elated the federal government has decided to get the lead out of the Halifax Armoury.

But she’s hopeful more work will be done on the landmark heritage building towering over the Halifax commons.

“It’s one of our heritage resources, one of the most fantastic, unique buildings in Halifax,” said Sloane.

“For it to be cleaned up … it’s a significant undertaking.”

The Department of National Defence announced this week it will decontaminate a former firing range section in the Armoury.

The four firing ranges, in addition to nine adjacent rooms and three hallways, are currently under quarantine due to lead and asbestos contamination.

Sloane said she hopes to hear more announcements from the federal government concerning refurbishing the century-old building.

“(I’m) hoping that they’re good on re-facing the building, fixing the stones that are falling … so we can see the potential of the building,” said Sloane.

‘Working facility’

The Halifax Armoury is still in use by the Canadian Armed Forces. But Coun. Dawn Sloane said she hopes the building will be used for many years to come. “Right now I want it to be a working facility,” she said. “I personally don’t want to see them leave. But if it was up as a surplus building, it would make a wonderful museum.”

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